Virtual Grad Careers Fair 22 July

Wed 22 July 11- 4pm

We’ve partnered with GraduateLand to give you the opportunity to engage with employers virtually at our upcoming Grad Jobs Fair. This is your chance to explore options, find out what skills and experiences you can bring to the companies, and talk to and impress representatives. You should invest more time in preparation before the Fair, but although you will be interacting with them in a virtual environment, much of the advice relevant to an in-person Fair remains the same: 

  1. Do your research: think about who you want to speak to and why 
  2. Take full advantage of the opportunity: lots of information is available by browsing but representatives are available on the day to have a more in-depth personalised discussion 
  3. Be mindful of professional etiquette: in the virtual environment, keep your audience in mind by using appropriate language and tone to design your profile (avoid jargon and slang) and when typing your messages to employers; employers can also invite you to a video chat on the day so check your background is appropriate and test your sound and video quality  
You’ll notice some positive differences:
  • Access the Fair from your device throughout the day around your existing commitments 
  • Experience 1-1 time with employers: no crowds vying for attention   
  • Browse live vacancies and ask a representative about them immediately  
  • Keep all your conversations from the day stored in your profile  
  • Continue digital conversations after the event and arrange to follow up with key contacts    

Find out more, including how to set up your profile, here

Options with physics

Physics students are told they can ‘do anything’ with a degree in physics but what types of careers can you pursue? 

Credit: SouthEast Physics Network

This handy A-Z poster from SepNET gives you ideas for lots of physics-related jobs and specialist fields which you might be interested in. Follow the link below for more information about career opportunities in each of these fields.  


Tesco Supply Chain: Analytics & Problem Solving: webinar

Hear about their work directly from the teamjoin Tesco at 11am on Thursday 9th July for an online presentation about working in their team. Some new recruits and more experienced team members will share the exciting things they are involved in and the opportunities for career development at Tesco. Sign up in advance here and tune in on the day here.

Read about their roles, and apply now
Information about the workings of their department on the Tesco careers website. They are seeking analysts to join their team. Further information about the role and the application process is here.

Graduate Jobs Fair Online: now on 22 July!

Although postponed, the Graduate Jobs Fair Online is still quickly approaching on 22 July.

There are lots of employers still hiring, and who want to connect with you – the Graduate Jobs Fair Online is a great opportunity for you to talk to employers about opportunities in Scotland and the UK  

This is our first virtual careers fair! The main focus of the event is to facilitate conversations between you and employers but, virtual events differ to face to face events. You can speak with employers via text, video and audio platforms and employers can identify and approach students they are interested in speaking to.

There are lots of resources available on the Graduating in 2020 webpage designed to help you navigate the event and make the most of the fair. 

More details and register here so we can keep in touch and update you on next steps.

You should make sure you have completed your profile with as much detail as possible in to promote your skill set and experience to employers. 

You will meet employers offering paid, graduate opportunities that are representative of the current graduate labour market in Scotland and wider UK. Most of the 2020 graduate scheme intakes will have closed, however a smaller number of employers recruit for their graduate schemes on a rolling basis, therefore you can expect to see a smaller number of employers offering graduate schemes. Many of the organisations attending will be SMEs, offering a smaller number of graduate opportunities   

Adapting to the new “normal”

What does “the new normal” mean for students attempting to transition out of academic studies and into professional careers?   How can you adapt to the post-COVID-19 global shift?  In the post-COVID-19 world, what does the “perfect candidate” look like? (hint…there is no “perfect” candidate…but there are some things you can do to show you are the best version of you…)

Shelagh Green, Director of the Careers Service, took part yesterday in an expert panel session exploring these themes and has some good advice for uncertain times.

Graduate profile: Tara- Astrophysics

Tara Bruendl graduated in 2017 with a degree in Astrophysics.She wrote two blog posts for me while she was an undergraduate about her experience as a student intern with the European Space Agency.

After she graduated, her first job was with CSP Services in Spain (quality assurance techniques in the concentrating solar power industry using close-range photogrammetry.)

She then started as a Young Graduate Trainee in Operations with the European Space Agency and now, as part of her YGT in Industry, is acting as Functional Verification support for instrument testing on-board the JUICE spacecraft at Airbus Defence and Space.

Her LinkedIN profile is here

“My expertise in spacecraft operations is owed to previous work experiences at the JUICE Science Operations Centre (ESAC/ ESA), the Mission Analysis section at ESOC (ESA) and internships at collaborating research institutes such as MPS and DLR”

Interested in space? There are loads more posts on my blog, search using space and you can find out more here, including how to get involved.

Work experience: 48 hour virtual hackathon May 30-31

On May 30-31, NASA, along with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), is inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to participate in a virtual hackathon.

During a period of 48 hours, participants from around the world will create virtual teams and use Earth observation data to develop solutions to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Challenges will range from studying the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its spread to the impact the disease is having on the Earth system. The challenges will focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Learning about the virus and its spread using space-based data
  • Local response/change and solutions
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on the Earth system/Earth system response
  • Economic opportunity, impact, and recovery during and following COVID-19

More details here: