Students have until 1 October to get entries in for Young Scientist contest

11 Sep 2012

Niall Worwood and Brady Yeoh from St Killian's Community School, Bray, with Tess O'Neill from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, as they call on students to enter the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition before the 1 October closing date

Students from across the island of Ireland have until 1 October to get their entries in for the 2013 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, as a new BT survey of more than 200 students reveals their insights on school, career preferences and university.

BT had commissioned the survey of 200-plus students who were aged between 12 and 19 from across Ireland.

In the survey findings, 52pc of students cited the jobs crisis as the main obstacle standing in the way of them pursuing their chosen career. In terms of career preferences, 57pc of those surveyed selected medicine, pharmacy or dentistry as their first choice.

Meanwhile, 59pc of students indicated that money was the biggest barrier to going on to third level.

Interestingly, 80pc of respondents said that online is the main source they receive their information from, above books (9pc), television (7pc) and radio (2pc).

In relation to entrepreneurship, 66pc of students did not favour being their own boss.

As for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, it will take place in Dublin from 9-13 January 2013.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic