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Created On: 11 January 2014 03:25 PM
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 11 January 2014 03:25 PM
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Claym0re

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Hello and happy new year to everyone.

I am new to this forum and am looking for information to help my son with planning for his future career. I'd really be grateful for some help and advice.

OK, here is the situation - my son is 14 years old and seems to be naturally gifted in certain areas. He designs and builds on his computer - he makes the most amazing projects. He writes mini programs. He also makes little electronic projects from kits. He has always been a 'builder' right from lego. As a small child he would take things apart and put them back together. If an electrical item was broken and going to the bin, he would always insist on taking it apart first so he could see how it worked.

At school he is regarded as an A/A* student at school and I have today received a letter stating that he has been identified as gifted and talented and they want me to meet with them.

These are the subjects he is flying in - Maths, Science, IT, Geography, History and English. He's doing well in the other subjects too - but these are quite exceptional.

My son's great grandfather was a chief engineer of Davy's steel. He was a very intelligent man and use to travel all over the world. Sadly, he's not around to pass on information to help enthuse/encourage him.

What I need to know, is how do I help him to progress his studies - should I be directing him towards a technical college as soon as he finishes his GCSE's - would this be a place he could study for A levels?

After this, I guess this is where he starts studying for specialist qualifications in Engineering - would this be a degree - if so, what would the name of the degree be?

Sorry for such a long first post and grateful for any advice.

Many thanks.

Edited: 11 January 2014 at 03:35 PM by Claym0re
 11 January 2014 09:47 PM
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Parsley

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Hi

Take a look at the stem information http://faraday.theiet.org/
There's an event in Birmingham in March called the big bang that he might enjoy.

You need to make sure the school provide him with an education that is challenging and enrichment should be provided. A child with a high learning potential needs support just like a child that is struggling with the basics.

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 14 January 2014 07:27 AM
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spectrumforce

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Hi

A couple of options are the college then University route or maybe an apprenticeship then University route. I served a four year 'hands on apprenticeship' then studied 5 years part time for my degree. Doing the apprenticeship has given me skills and confidence in a wide range of practical aspects and the degree opened a lot more doors.

It does depend which areas of engineering he is interested in as programming based engineering might be best on the college then University route.

I think if you take him to a range of College/University open days looking at a selection of courses and maybe some apprenticeship open days/evenings his interests will drive him in the direction he wants. Engineering is so diverse, the different areas of engineering and types of business he can end up working for is almost unlimited.

He could at the moment just spend time looking at different engineering areas, such as Electrical, Electronics, Control Systems, Instrumentation, Automation, Robotics, Programming, Mechanical, Civil etc and see what interests him, even contact some local companies and see if he can pop in and see what they are doing.
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