icould spoke to Richard Wainer, Head of Education and Skills at the Confederation of British Industry, or the CBI.

The CBI is the UK’s top business lobbying organisation, working with and influencing government, policymakers and legislators means to get the best deal for businesses.

We asked him for his opinion on the choices you should make for GCSEs. Here’s what he said…

“Future economic growth is likely to be increasingly driven by industries which need science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM ) skills. Studying these subjects today can be the pathway to a well paid and rewarding career at all levels – you should consider taking triple science at GCSE and not drop maths as soon as you’re able to at 16. Mastering employability skills, such as customer awareness, self-management and problem-solving will also be vital in helping you succeed in a tough job market, whatever job you want.”

If you were thinking about a career within a STEM subject, then there are plenty of careers stories here on icould.com that can help you to make the choices about your future. There are also some great organisations that can give you advice and information about Science and Engineering.

The British Science Association organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual British Science Festival, National Science and Engineering Week, regional and local events, and an extensive programme in schools and colleges.

So if you have a passion for science and want to make that into your career, then start exploring. There are so many possibilities you never know where it could lead you to!