Careers at The Fair

We want everyone who comes to The Big Bang Fair to understand how important scientists and engineers really are… they literally shape the world around us!

The number of exciting career possibilities that exist within science, technology, engineering and maths are endless and the best news is, there’s a route for everyone. Whether you want to learn on the job, go to college, go to university or combine different routes, you can start planning your own path now.

Every young visitor who comes to The Fair will have the opportunity to find out about the amazing work of scientists and engineers.

Find out more about the careers activities available at The Fair below.


Hear from scientists and engineers

Meet the future you

Come to one of our interactive career shows! Hear from a diverse range of scientists and engineers who do incredible jobs and find out where you could be in a few years’ time if you continue with maths, science, computing, D&T and other relevant subjects.

Shows take place on the stage within the Careers Cabin and last for approximately 20 minutes. They will run on a first-come, first-served basis.

Suitable for those aged 10 or over.

At home in the dome

Drop in and speak to scientists and engineers in the Careers Cabin dome. Ask them questions about what they do, ask their advice, and listen to the story of their career. This informal networking activity runs throughout the day. A list of job titles and times will be displayed outside the dome so that visitors can choose who to come and talk to.

Suitable for those aged 12 or over. Drop-in.

Career activities around the showfloor

The Big Bang Challenge

When you arrive at The Fair you will be given a Big Bang Challenge pack: complete the fun tasks throughout the day and drop off your entry form before you leave for a chance to win an Airblock drone and Kindle Fire! 

All of the tasks are geared towards interacting with scientists and engineers on the showfloor to discover the breadth of jobs in STEM, and to ensure that visitors truly experience the magic of The Fair.

Suitable for all ages – there is a primary challenge pack and a secondary challenge pack.

To support the Big Bang Challenge and to ensure your class get the most out of The Fair we have created pre-Fair and post-Fair lesson plans for both primary and secondary school classes encouraging your students to explore the world of STEM and the exciting careers that exist within it.

Career Captains

Look out for our Career Captains – people working as scientists and engineers, or those studying STEM subjects. They will be wearing purple ‘ask me what I do’ t-shirts and blue careers armbands.

Career Captains can help you complete the Big Bang Challenge and can be found all around the showfloor. Ask them questions to try and work out what they do!

In the meantime, you can start meeting our Career Captains and explore some real jobs in STEM now.

Suitable for all ages.

Career Captains

iPad careers quiz

From exploring outer space to designing the phone in your pocket, scientists and engineers work on some incredible things.

Take our short online careers quiz and answer questions about your skills and interests to discover the types of jobs that might suit you and the different routes you could take.

After completing the quiz on the iPads in the Careers Cabin, you’ll be able to view your profile, which includes suggestions of science and engineering job roles and useful websites to find out more.

Suitable for all ages. Drop-in.

Career guidance

STEM is the future. From disaster relief specialist to digital musician, there are hundreds of exciting jobs that use science, technology, engineering and maths.

Use our STEM Career Explorer to discover exciting roles before attending the Fair and then talk to our qualified careers advisers on the showfloor to receive tailored information, advice and guidance on different routes into STEM careers at the event. 

To find out more about careers in STEM, have a look at:


100 jobs in STEM