Woman looking out from vantage point toads a wind farm

Attracting the Talent of the Future

Young professionals today will be the change-makers of tomorrow, but why do they choose to pursue a STEM career?

 

Introduction to the research

Welcome to our latest survey, which sheds light on our all-important future change-makers: Young STEM Professionals.

STEM skills gaps are evident and continue to emerge globally, from the green and net zero skills gaps to diversity and inclusion inequity. If we want to tackle the future's challenges, employers and educational bodies must address these gaps by nurturing a healthy pipeline of STEM talent.

Today’s young professionals will be tomorrow’s trailblazers. So what interests them about STEM, and why do they choose to study these fields? Here’s what over 1,000 young individuals around the world aged 18-30 had to say.

About the research
About the report

About the research

Our STEM Youth Survey aims to understand the factors and challenges influencing young or early career talent in pursuing a STEM career. It is the prequel to ‘How the STEM world works’ research, which uncovered the needs and feelings of experienced STEM professionals in their careers. Together, the research reveals how employers and institutions alike can attract sought-after skills, fulfilling highly hindering skills gaps. SThree ran the STEM Youth Survey in partnership with the Global Innovation Challenge, the Social Value Lab, and many partner organisations. 

About the report

This report outlines the global perceptions of young and early STEM career talent. We cover everything, from important life goals and why they chose a career in STEM to their views on the accessibility and availability of STEM roles.

Take a look at geographical differences

Network engineer tidying messy cables in server room

Global report

In our global report we look at what influences early career talent into STEM, and how can employers attract the talent of the future

Close up of young smiling woman at a conference

European report

What influences early career European talent into STEM, and how can employers in Europe attract the talent of the future?

Early-career employees huddling around a laptop smiling

United States report

What influences early career American talent into STEM, and how can employers in America attract the talent of the future?

Young smiling female Asian student sat in study group

Asia Pacific report

What influences early career Asian talent in STEM, and how can employers in the Asia Pacific region attract the talent of the future?

Early-career STEM talent, huddled around mobile phone pointing at screen

African snapshot

What influences early career African talent in STEM, and how can employers in Africa attract the talent of the future?

Discover more research

How the STEM World Works

The How the STEM World Works research provides insight into the career journeys and big picture dynamics that shape STEM recruitment.

Read more
Dark image with blue and pink shadows on the face of a women holding a tablet and digital pen