Applying to the Met office?

We got some great feedback from a student who recently attended an assessment centre at the Met Office as part of their recruitment process. She came to us for some advice prior to her interview. Here is what she reported back:

“I was pretty nervous on my way down but I didn’t really need to be. Everyone down there was super nice and friendly. We got shown around the building and got to see where all of our forecasts come from, which was very interesting.

The assessment

The assessment (1 hour) was nowhere near the level I’d been working at throughout university. The questions were on easy topics which made the assessment more an exercise in remembering how to do the easy things rather than pushing our limits. So I would advise an applicant should go over their schoolwork (Higher maths and physics) before heading down.

The interview

The interview (30 minutes) was less scary than I was expecting. There were only two interviewers, as they said that intimidating people isn’t the best way to let them get their information across.

You were right to say for me to check the weather. The first question that I was asked was “So how do you keep up-to-date with the weather on a day-to-day basis?”, which I responded with “Well, I probably look out of the window a little too often”. I doubt that many people are successful in an interview with that as their opening line, but instead of being told to leave, I was met by big smiles and being told that I will fit in really well (as that’s how the best forecasts start).

They then asked for a  three day forecast for Exeter (or back in Edinburgh). After the weather questions most of the questions were about working in teams and customer service. I didn’t find these quite so easy, but they were kind and helped me to the right answers if I didn’t hit the nail on the head first time. I left the interview thinking that it went well, and so did all the other applicants.

The outcome

I fully didn’t expect to be given an offer, thinking that it would be great assessment day experience and fun to go on a bit of an adventure, so it came as quite a shock when I got the call through to say that I had a job. Thank you very much for your time and help at our meeting. I hope that what I have said might be of some use to future applicants to the Met Office.

Physics in archaeology

What do those with a scientific background actually do in academic or commercial Archaeology? How far back in time can you take your technical skills?

We have SUERC ( coming in to talk about the scientific aspects of Archaeology. They use physics, chemistry & biological techniques, including carbon dating and radio isotopes.

Spotlight on Scientific Archaeology is on 26th February at Murchison House, Kings Buildings. More details and sign-up here

Careers in Tech & Data 12 Feb

The current list of exhibitors is now published on the website and on the Event Listing on MCH. 

We are really pleased with the line-up with great representation from small and medium sized organisations – roughly half of the exhibitors will be SMEs, and around half are recruiting students from any discipline – so definitely routes into STEM careers for everyone.  We’ve got quite a range of tech sectors represented too, examples include:

  • Deliveroo – you may have seen the press coverage around their new Edinburgh HQ
  • Emotech a new exhibitor in Robotics/AI  
  • a few related to Healthcare/MedTech like TPP, Canon Medical Research and NHS National Services Scotland
  • Criton talking about tech related to the hospitality industry.
  • Crover representing agritech back again after supporting with one of the talks last year
  • Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and QueryClick showcasing tech related opportunities in the world of Marketing/Advertising
  • FreetoBook and Red61 Ltd from Tourism/Festivals sector
  • Public sector represented by Home Office digital team
  • ESRI who specialise in GIS 
  • New exhibitors include Illuminate Technologies focusing on cyber security and  Adarga AI/Machine learning
  • Good representation from the space sector; SES, Shetland Space Centre, GSI, Spire and Clyde Space.
  • Edinburgh based tech companies well represented; FreeAgent (sponsoring), FanDuel, Modulr Finance, Speech Graphics, KAL ATM Software, Esri Global and UserTesting to name a few.

We’ve also got some great talks lined up to take place during the fair:

The first one, hosted by DDI sector lead for creative industries, Caroline Parkinson, focusses on BOTH tech & data related careers in the creative industries PLUS creative tech & data roles in organisations you may not associate with the creative industries. Speakers from DMA, Amazon and Edinburgh based animation and visual effects studio, Interference Pattern. More here

The second is all about how tech is changing roles across industries, hosted by the Data Lab to provide the overview with insight from speakers from Spire Global, Current Health and Emotech. More here

Find out how to get the most out the event on our website

Employ.ed on Campus internships now open – open to 2nd years too!

We are now advertising Employ.ed on Campus internships on MyCareerHub until the 23rd February. There are **record numbers** of internships this year – really interesting projects across the university including some within the School of Physics & Astronomy but you can apply for any that interest you. Search ‘Employ.ed on Campus’ on MyCareerHub

Key points:

  • 2nd to penultimate UG students can apply
  • You can apply to a max. of 3 internships 
  • You need to submit an application form on MCH for each internship you want to apply for
  • You must submit a CV and answer application questions
  • Use our online advice for Cvs and applications plus CV360 feedback tool on MyCareerHib Resources tab
  • You can get feedback on your applicaton(s) by booking an appointment with any of the Careers Consultants or by seeing me at my Physics & Astronomy Careers dropin on Thursdays from 12 outside the Magnet cafe

There is an online application support session on Thurs 6th Feb at 5pm

More information and full list of internships here: Employ.ed on Campus Appl…

Games industry in Edinburgh

There are eight towns and cities in the country where the games industry generates over £60m in GVA into the local economy (Edinburgh, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Leamington Spa, Crawley and Horsham, Manchester, Guildford, Slough and Heathrow, and London). 55% of game development jobs in the UK are based outside of London and the South East, according to a new regional economic impact report released by the video games and interactive entertainment industry trade body Ukie. “

Dundee comes in at number 10. While Edinburgh’s position may be boosted by the juggernaut that is Rockstar North, there are some other local industry “players” to be aware of who will be coming to our Careers in Tech & Data Fair on 12 February

We have a new gaming company coming – Mooncollider – based in Edinburgh and Codeplay who work with the games industry.   Sumdog are also attending and, as well as EdTech, who could be described as gamified education. If you are interested in computer gaming, talk to companies like Fanduel about their fantasy sports business.

Other exhibitors cover AI/Machine Learning, Space & Satellites, Agritech, Cyber Security, Fintech, Marketing and Advertising, MedTech, Tourism and much more.

Over 50% are recruiting from any discipline. Around 50% are SMEs
Around 90% have graduate roles. Around 60% have other paid work experience

Find out more here

Learn by doing and have a real-world impact

“Working on a real-world issue was amazing because it contextualises the usefulness of my degree and also career options in future”  Students as Change Agents 2019 Alumnus

Students as Change Agents: learn by doing and have a real-world impact

Students as Change Agents is a safe ‘living lab’ offering students from different backgrounds, disciplines and academic levels the chance to tackle real-world problems posed by external partner organisations, collaborate with peers and generate fresh thinking for sustainable solutions.
University of Edinburgh students can take advantage of February’s reading week to participate in a meaningful five-day programme that provides an opportunity for personal and professional development.
The next Students as Change Agents challenge will take place from Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020. Complete an application to get a place on the programme.

Linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this February’s challenges have a focus on the circular economy, homelessness and financial equality. Let us know in your application, which one you are most interested in.

  • How can the construction industry use digital technology to contribute to the circular economy?
  • How can Scotland change to reduce youth homelessness?
  • How can society fairly support women in the UK to develop long-term financial resilience and capability? 

You can find further information about Students as Change Agents, including the application process and details about current challenges, by visiting or searching ‘change agents’ in the events section on MyCareerHub

The deadline for applications is 23:59 PM on 10 February 2020.

Insight into Actuarial

We are running an Insight into Actuarial session again next week (Weds, 13:30-15:00). This is open to Physics & Astronomy students

Find out more about this career area where your numerical and data skills are highly valued. 

There will be 4 speakers (2 In-house: Lloyds, Royal London; 2 Consulting: Hymans Robertson, EY) then a Q&A. 

Details and sign up via MyCareerHub

Work experience opportunity – hackathon

UKSEDS’ inaugural hackathon, terra_Nova hack, will challenge students over the course of 24 hours to address one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals using satellite data. The hackathon is aimed at students with some programming experience, but no prior experience of Earth observation data. There will be a number of workshops to teach participants the basic knowledge and skills needed to access and process satellite imagery as well as expert mentors to help students with their projects as they progress.

The hackathon will help students gain the skills necessary to start a job in the downstream space industry.



European Space Agency

Are you in your MPhys year? If so, then you can apply to ESA as a ‘Young Graduate Trainee’ (YGT). This high-calibre programme lasts for one year and gives successful applicants an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the development and operation of space missions.

There is still time to apply to ESA for their Young Graduate Trainee posts (closing date mid-December 2019)

Stella, an astrophysicist from Estonia, shares her experience as a YGT at ESA working with data provided by the Gaia mission’s team to model the movements of stars.