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My Skills My Life

A tried and tested outreach resource created by WISE to inspire girls aged 11 to 19 to consider a career in STEM.
My Skills My Life

'My Skills My Life' allows girls to find out about their preferred personality types, and matches them with role models who have rewarding and successful careers in STEM.

This is a flexible resource that teachers can use themselves, or recruit local role models in order to run sessions. As a result, there are no fixed dates, times, or class sizes. We have run sessions with up to 200 girls attending.

How it works

We have an online platform with over 1000 role model case studies, which include information about education and career pathways while bringing the role models to life. It also includes information about companies and the opportunities they have to offer. We also have a paper printable version of the resource available - downloadable off the training platform.

You can either complete a 40 minute online training programme and run sessions yourselves, or we have a cohort of trained 'My Skills My Life' ambassadors who are happy to attend/run sessions in schools. Sessions typically last 1-2 hours depending on the role models.

Note: only pupils aged 13+ can create accounts on the online platform. You can either download the paper resource off of the online training platform, or email us for some pre-set logins.


Minimum of 15 participants.



Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

TheĀ Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

What the teachers say

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