Promote statistical careers

Get involved with promoting statistical careers to young people. Help students to understand the value, excitement and interest in careers involving data and statistics.

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. 

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. You may also be in contact with your local school already through a parent-teacher association, Governorship or other local connection.

STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassadors scheme can help you to share your time and enthusiasm with local schools, colleges, youth and community groups across the UK. Become a STEM Ambassador to enthuse young people in statistics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.

Teachers are in regular contact with the STEM Ambassador network and can request STEM Ambassadors to take part in careers events, workshops or talks, or other activities that highlight the value of statistics and data.

Be sure to indicate you are a member of “The Royal Statistical Society” on the Professional Institution section of the STEM Ambassadors application form. It is free to join, and you will receive training and support from a STEM Ambassadors Hub near to you.

Fellows in the pharmaceutical or chemical industries may be interested in the related SIP Ambassador programme. The RGS-IBG Geography Ambassadors scheme supports Fellows working in the discipline of geography.

Inspiring the Future

Volunteer an hour a year to speak in state schools and colleges about your job and your career path through Inspiring the Future. This is a free service where tens of thousands of people from all sectors and professions go into state primary and secondary schools and colleges to talk about their jobs, careers, and the education routes they took.

Register on the Inspiring the Future website. In the ‘My Personal Details’ section, under the heading ‘My memberships of Professional Association …’ please write Royal Statistical Society and it will appear for you to select.

Local schools and colleges will then be able to get in touch to see if you can help them help their pupils make better decisions about the future. You might be asked if you could take part in a careers’ fair, in career networking (speed dating about jobs) or do a lunchtime talk to sixth formers about your job and how you got it. Typically, volunteers will go into schools just once a year to speak with young people.