What is resilience and how can you be more resilient

Setbacks are an inevitable and normal part of life. Being able to cope with them is important in career planning as well as in life generally. Here is a great post from P & G giving some clear points to help

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P&G came on campus recently to talk about resilience as part of our #SkillsforSuccess series of workshops. Careers Consultant Steve Norman passes on their key messages.  

You may be noticing more and more employers talking about resilience and how it’s important in today’s ever-changing workplace.

So what is resilience?  It is the ability to cope with setbacks and bounce back from them.  For P&G that’s important in a work context but it can be applied to any situation.

Here are P&G’s six top tips for being resilient.                

Find your purpose. What is that you want to do? You are more likely to bounce back from setbacks if you are doing something you really want to do.

Choose your attitude towards any challenges – you can decide how to respond or how you feel about it positively or negatively.

Focus on what you can control about the situation. Break things into…

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Optical systems internship at Illumina

The optical systems group at Illumina performs research and development on advanced optical technologies to push the limits of DNA sequencing. The resulting machines find application in medical diagnostics and cutting edge genetic research.

In a 12-week internship, the intern will contribute to this research pipeline via the testing and screening of novel optical technologies, through research, designing, and building optical breadboard systems. These technologies integrate with sophisticated biochemical systems, requiring complex problem solving at the interface of physics, engineering, and biochemistry.

Applications are being accepted up to 16th December 2018, with assessment days scheduled last 2 weeks of January 2019.

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Featured employers with current grad and summer vacancies: Sharp & PA Consulting

Sharp Laboratories of Europe has had significant  involvement and success in the development of semiconductor laser diodes and laser based optical systems that are used in many products such as  image projectors, BluRay disc players and in next  generation AR smart glasses.  They are now looking for a researcher/engineer to join their device modelling theme located on the  Oxford Science Park, Oxford.

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PA Consulting is a management consultancy whose Technology Practice is a place where science, technology and market needs meet to think up solutions for some of the most perplexing problems in business. It’s about developing new products, original processes, advanced systems and unique technologies for clients who are often market-leaders. Ultimately, it’s about revolutionising industries by thinking differently, taking a fresh approach and challenging convention. They have a 10-week internship on offer

Working with like-minded scientists and engineers, you’ll take responsibility for vitally important elements of a development project. Very early in your internship you might find yourself getting involved in developing a new medical device, new diagnostics or a new consumer product. You could see a product at any stage from concept through prototype manufacture and even launch.

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How to succeed in technical exercises and interviews

Some good advice from employers keen on our students and graduates

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We asked two employers at yesterday’s Engineering Fair, Arup and Jacobs, to share their secrets of succeeding in technical exercises or interviews. This is what they said…

Technical exercises – Mikey Bishop, Early Careers Co-ordinator, Arup

When you apply to a role at Arup, we want to ensure that you can demonstrate and communicate your knowledge and skills. To allow you to do this, we incorporate a technical exercise into our assessment centres.

A technical exercise will be related to the specific role or industry you have applied for e.g. Structural Engineering. It will also incorporate aspects of the tasks that you would be doing on the job. It is important that where possible you demonstrate your working and remember the thought process you took to get to your answer. This is because your technical exercise will often be analysed and discussed during your interview with hiring managers.

C_BRAITHWAITE Headshot- for tech exercises blog Connor Braithwaite…

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An academic career: tips for success

Great post for those of you keen to develop an academic career.

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If you are a PhD student who would like to follow an academic career you are no doubt fully aware that it is a career area with stiff competition for jobs.  You will probably also be aware that to be competitive you should be trying to develop a publication record, build your academic network, and gain teaching experience during your PhD.  But what else can help you succeed – and thrive – in academia?  If you have not already seen it, you may want to read the article that was in Nature at the start of October Beating the odds to secure a permanent academic contract.  Although the researchers writing are all scientists, the advice can apply across all disciplines. I’ve summarised a few of the main points below:

  1. Design and follow a strategy: This is great advice and something we always recommend at the Careers Service. It’s important…

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Marks & Clerk recruiting now

Kate Adamson , physics grad and patent attorney at Marks & Clerk has let us know that:

We’re now recruiting for our 2019 graduate scheme – I’d particularly highlight that we’re looking for physics/electronics/software trainees in our Scottish offices (as well as in England or Singapore). If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message via LinkedIn

Interested in a career as a patent attorney? Interested in working at the interface between science, commerce and the law? Applications for our 2019 graduate scheme are now open – find out more here http://bit.ly/2PxQzGM

Engineering in the UK – graduate jobs and salaries

Good post from my colleague Alison Parkinson our Employer Engagement Adviser. Physics graduates are sought after in engineering roles – lots of opportunities

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Alison Parkinson, Employer Engagement Adviser, summarises the state of UK engineering.

Each year EngineeringUK publishes a “State of UK Engineering” report.  It is a fairly hefty tome (some 284 pages), but to help those of us short on time there are some fascinating info-graphics which summarise topics such as: money, perception, business, demand, education & skills, employment and gender – many of which relate to careers.

For example:

  • Engineering employment has grown to more than 5.66 million.
  • The number of engineering companies in the UK grew by 6% to 687,575
  • April to June 2017 saw the highest vacancy ratio in the labour force since 2001, at 2.6 job vacancies for every 100 filled jobs.
  • Engineering generated 25% of the total UK GDP, some £420.5bn.
  • The average starting salary for engineering and technology graduates is £25,607 compared to £21,700 for graduates of all subjects.
  • Engineers are very employable: 62% of engineering and technology graduates were…

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Focus on: Arup and its services to clients

Arup is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy that offers a really wide rage of services to its clients. A “global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants providing a range of professional services to clients around the world”. This then translates into an interesting range of opportunities and areas for graduates to  work in, including building physics, radiation protection and acoustics & vibration.

Find out more about Arup and its opportunities for our students & graduates on MyCareerHub. Check the archive to see what they have offered.

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IBM Universities Business Challenge (IBM UBC)

Last year’s teams at the semi-final

I mentioned this at inductions and we are now taking names for teams.

This is a business simulation challenge that our teams of physicists have done really well in past years, winning 3rd place out of 300 UK teams in London, 2017  (many of them from Business Schools). http://www.ubcworldwide.com/hall-of-fame/ . The School paid for travel and accommodation in London for the finalist team.

It’s a great opportunity to build work experience, commercial awareness, use the range of skills and experience that we know our physics and astronomy students have – and develop new ones. Students say it’s a great experience to be part of and brilliant for your CV. You also get a business mentor allocated to your team you can get advice from.


Timetable: http://www.ubcworldwide.com/uk-about-ubc-worldwide/uk-timetable

I am looking for thee teams in total – each team can have up to five members and must have a nominated team leader. Timing is a bit tight this year due to my work and office relocation demands so apologies for the tight turnaround and the different way of recruiting teams from last time.

If you are interested, get a team together as soon as you can  (it doesn’t have to be all physics and astronomy students in the team)

I just need 3 team leaders names and emails asap (definitely by 5pm on 25th October) so that teams can participate in the optional Trial Trading Period, during which you can familiarise themselves with the UBC resources and ‘have a go’ at running your simulated business.

I will keep in touch throughout

Best wishes