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Pandemic Has Created a Generation of Schoolchildren More Interested in STEM Careers Than Ever, Poll Says

The pandemic has created a generation of schoolchildren interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing, a new survey revealed.


A survey of 1,000 children ages 11 to 17 revealed that 83% have been learning about the pandemic by watching the news, and 71% ask their parents about the virus because they are interested.

Two-thirds have also been inspired by the hard work of the nurses and doctors who worked during the pandemic.

And 48 percent of high school-age kids would be interested in a career in STEM after seeing how the people who work in these industries have helped people.

With children glued to the news, experts are becoming more common, and young people are more likely to recognize Professor Chris Whitty’s name in the UK (55%) than celebrities and sports stars like Harry Kane (50 %), Selena Gomez (48%) and Zoella (35%).

One in five schoolchildren surveyed by Medicspot said the pandemic had made them interested in a career as an ICU physician, while 18% would now consider a career working in vaccines.

The survey also found that 16% would like to be an ICU nurse, 16% would like a career in pharmacy, and 14% would like to be a virologist.

During the pandemic, Medicspot has increased its staff by 183 per cent by providing Covid testing and ‘fit to fly’ certificates at 90 locations across the UK.

A Medicspot spokesperson said: “It is encouraging to see how many young people have been inspired by medical professionals and scientists who have been working on the front lines to treat people with Covid-19 and behind the scenes in treatments.”

The survey also found that 68 percent of respondents think science is an interesting topic, and 41 percent are now more interested in learning more about it.

Almost three-quarters hope to go back to school, while 61 percent will try to work harder on their science lessons.

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The Medicspot survey, conducted through OnePoll, also found that 52 percent would like to make a difference by helping people like nurses, doctors and scientists on the front lines when they are older.

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Overall, 74 percent think it is a good thing that there are more medical experts on television during the pandemic. Cheers to that.

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