Students urged to consider STEM subjects as CAO Change of Mind deadline approaches

Jul 04, 2017

BT Ireland survey reveals that 33% of students don’t see career opportunities in STEM

As students across Ireland prepare for the CAO Change of Mind deadline on Saturday, organisers of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) are calling on Leaving Cert students to strongly consider third level study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The call from BT Ireland comes after a recently commissioned independent survey from the company revealed that 33% of third level students do not see potential career opportunities in STEM related subjects.

Additional key findings include:

  • 1 in 8 said they didn't apply for STEM courses as they thought the points were too high
  • Rather than being driven by the bottom line, more students in Ireland are interested in a defined career path (35%) than high earning power (7%), when considering a future profession.
  • Over 55% expect to have 2-5 jobs spanning their working life.


Mari Cahalane, head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition said, “In this present age, and in light of the recent global cyberattacks, the importance of skilled science and technology graduates has never been so evident. Science and technology courses are now also extremely accessible to students, with many highly regarded third-level courses available that meet a wide range of point capabilities. These include courses such as Pharmaceutical Science in AIT (255), Applied Biology in LIT (295), Agricultural Science in ITT (345) to Nanoscience in Trinity College Dublin (570) to name but a few.”
As part of the BTYSTE ‘It Starts Here’ 2018 campaign, influencers such as Snapchat star James Kavanagh spoke out about the endless possibilities for students who choose STEM subjects. He said, “The tech and science world can sometimes seem daunting, and exams even worse. Every day new technology is emerging and changing the world around us. I now have a career which was built off the back of the following I made on social media – a career I never anticipated 10 years ago so anything's possible! It’s such an exciting time to work in tech, and you don’t have to wait to get involved. Events like BT Young Scientist &Technology Exhibition gives everyone the chance to be a part of the future of tech. I wish everyone sitting the Leaving Cert the best of luck, and hope they will pursue the endless possibility of science and tech in their next steps.”
The 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place from the 10th-13th of January 2018 at the RDS, Dublin. The closing date for applications is September 27th, 2017.
The exhibition offers one of the most coveted awards for participants, with a substantial prize fund and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, as well as over 140 prizes for individuals, groups and teachers. In addition, the overall winner will represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists which will take place in Dublin 2018. For more information, visit, or follow BTYSTE on Facebook and Twitter.


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