All Ireland Hurling final, hat-trick hero Shane O’Donnell recently launched Science Forward in Trinity College Dublin.
Science Forward, developed by Bord Gáis Networks in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, aims to encourage children leaving primary school, for secondary school, to consider the benefits of studying science. Get them early as it were.
O’Donnell, when not becoming a sporting legend, is actually studying Genetics at University College Cork.
“Science is my passion. It opens up so many doors but it’s vital we get parents and pupils to understand the importance of sticking with it.” says O’Donnell. “I’m just delighted to get stuck in with the kids and offer them a taste of what they would miss out on if they don’t select it as a secondary school subject.”
This year’s Science Forward program expects to reach over 2,000 school kids and introduces Science to them in a very practical but entertaining and interactive way.
“Career statistics show that in Ireland we’re suffering a skills shortage in a sector that has minimum unemployment and major job growth. The career opportunities vary hugely, from the booming digital and gaming sector, through energy, agri, food and pharma to name just a few,” says Bord Gáis Networks MD Sean Casey.
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Five stars who studied Science
1. Lisa Kudrow: The Friends star has a Degree in Psychobiology from Vasser University
2. Brian May: Science is music to the ears of the Queen legend who has a Phd in Astrophysics
3. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin: The Rose of Tralee winner and TV presenter is a PhD candidate in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, researching Mathematics Education.
4. Shane O’Donnell: The Clare hat-trick hero hurler is studying Genetics in UCC
5. Steve Harper: The Newcastle United goalkeeper has a degree in social science
Five facts about a career in Science
1. The Unemployment Rate amongst Science professionals is less than 3 per cent against a national average of just over 14 per cent.
2. Jobs in the Chemical, Biological and Physical sciences are growing annually at 4.2 per cent.
3. There is a considerable skills shortage in the Science areas.
4. The Quality control engineers and other regulatory professionals area is seeing job growth of 13.2 per cent a year and the sector is also short on skills with 10 per cent of jobs now filled by non nationals.
5. Over 90 per cent of those employed in the Science Areas are Third Level graduates
• Source: National Skills Bulletin 2012
Five sectors where Science is a passport to potential
• Computer Gaming