Promote statistical careers


We’ve produced two sets of resources to support our members in volunteering to promote statistical careers:

  • Your career today is a… statistician” workshop resources help you deliver workshops in schools, to students aged 15 to 18. The resources enable students to work through realistic activities that statisticians encounter in their working lives, as Government statisticians, pharmaceutical statisticians, marketing statisticians or statistical engineers.
  • Hands on statistics is a series of short, statistics-related activities designed to be used by members to inspire young people at careers fairs, festivals and in schools. 

The Careers section of Statslife includes profiles of individuals and job profiles in a range of careers, aimed at students and people seeking a new career. Members are welcome to use this material in careers presentations and at careers fairs.

Joining a network

These UK-wide schemes offer support and contacts, linking you to schools and colleges near your home or work. Each provides a free and effective way to ensure that teachers are aware of your interest in volunteering to help students understand what a career involving statistics and data is like.

These UK-wide schemes help link you with local schools and colleges. Join these schemes to let schools and colleges near you know that you are interested in helping students understand what a career involving statistics and data is like:

  • Inspiring the future asks volunteers to give one hour per year to talk about their own career path to students in a local school. Find out more about Inspiring the future, and how to join.
  • STEM Ambassadors enthuse young people in statistics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, including through careers events and other activities. Find out more about STEM Ambassadors, and how to join.

Other schemes include the SIP Ambassador programme for Fellows in the pharmaceutical or chemical industries, and the RGS-IBG Geography Ambassadors scheme for Fellows working in the discipline of geography. You may also be in contact with your local school already through a parent-teacher association, Governorship or other local connection.

Other opportunities

Look out for opportunities from the RSS and other organisations in our calls out to members.

To be kept informed of updates to this work, contact Scott Keir, head of education and statistical literacy, s.keir@rss.org.uk.