Postgraduate Open Day for UoE

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If you are keen to study further at University of Edinburgh, come along to the Postgraduate Open Day on 18 November. More details here: PG Open Day

If you’d like to discuss further the pros and cons of further study, why and where you do it, book an appointment on MyCareerHub to get started

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Employers on campus next week

As well as the Careers in Engineering fair next week that I blogged about (graduate jobs and internships for physicists too), there are several employers doing presentations over the next three weeks, including:

  • PWC, Saltire, CERN, BNY Mellon, SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy) – graduate opportunities and undergraduate internships
  • Enjoy coding? JP Morgan – Code for Good – is a great event at their Glasgow office.There are prizes!

24-hour competition, created for techsavvy students who want to use their technology skills to do good for non-profit organisations. Work alongside expert technologists from J.P. Morgan.Think creatively. Solve real-world problems for nonprofits. Come up with cutting-edge ideas that could make a difference to the people who need it most. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams – so get ready to code. Our coding event is also a great opportunity for you to meet our people and find out more about tech career opportunities at J.P. Morgan.

More details on MyCareerHub events channel

Keen to apply your technical knowledge to a new challenge?

Mewburn Ellis are running some Open Days so you can get a clearer idea of what being a patent attorney is all about and help you to find out if it is the career path for you. During the day there is a series of talks and practical exercises, covering topics such as patent drafting, patent prosecution and managing the workload. Plus plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the job, and about Mewburn Ellis.
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Want to more more first? Explore patent work here

2015 Careers in Engineering Fair – physicists wanted…

The 2015 Careers in Engineering Fair takes place on the 4th November, 2-5pm in the large new classroom in the Sanderson Building.  Attending will be 37 employers many of whom are keen to speak to physicists at all levels: undergraduate, MSc and PhD/EngD.  Come along to find out about graduate jobs, summer internships and placements!

Please make a note in your diary as this is not something to be missed – CERN are coming all the way from their large hadron collider in Switzerland….! CERN will be at the Fair and are also giving a presentation from 1-2pm in LT-1 of the Sanderson Building

There will also be 4 short (40-minute) panel sessions running at the same time as the Fair:

  • Careers Outside Oil & Gas – what else can you do given the current malaise in the offshore industry? (Especially aimed at Chemical Eng, but all are welcome to attend).
  • Consulting vs Contracting – how do these two popular job routes compare?  What are the differences? (Especially aimed at Civil Eng, but all are welcome to attend)
  • Building Services Engineering – this is a sector very much in demand, with lots of vacancies – but few students seem to be aware of it!  Come and find out more (Especially aimed at Electronic and Electrical Eng  and Mechanical Eng, but all are welcome to attend).

However, the Fair isn’t about turning up on the day and wondering around aimlessly picking up brochures and freebies…

You should attend the fair having done some research, so here is copy of the Fair Guide in PDF format for you to browse. Careers in Engineering Fair Guide

Last chance to apply for CERN Technical Student programme

Are you an undergraduate student of a CERN Member State nationality in a technical field looking for a practical training period or a place to do your final project? The Technical Student Programme is aimed at undergraduate students in applied physics, engineering or computing, to spend a training period of 4 to 12 months during the course of their studies (Bachelor or Master).

Closing date: 30 October 2015

Details on MyCareerHub

IOP Teacher Training Scholarships: £30,000 tax-free funding

£30,000 tax-free funding available for talented individuals entering physics teacher training in England in the 2016/17 academic year. 150 IOP scholarships will be awarded to the very best individuals who impress the IOP with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching. Find out more and how to apply on the IOP website.

Here’s a heads-up about the assessment process:

What do graduates do?

Some very positive and welcome news about graduate recruitment in the UK….there ARE jobs out there!

The Careers Service Blog

A broadly encouraging picture of UK graduate recruitment was painted by the latest annual statistics on graduate destinations, released yesterday (Wednesday 21st Oct). What Do Graduates Do? 2015 analyses the results of a survey carried out in January 2015 on people who graduated the previous summer.*

It shows a higher percentage of graduates entering professional level jobs, and graduate unemployment levels falling to levels last seen before the 2008 recession, which is good news, particularly after all the negative stories reported in the media about graduate unemployment over the past few years.

Of the 267,735 UK graduates who responded to the survey:

  • 71.2% were in employment and  6.3% were unemployed
  • Average salaries of graduates employed full-time in the UK was £20,637.
  • 5.5% were working and studying at the same time
  • 12.1% had continued with further study or training

The report also includes valuable insights, features and analysis by some…

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Institute of Physics achieves quality award for its career information

IOP has once again been successfully Matrix accredited. This means that they’ve met the gold standard for providing careers information and advice to its members.  The IOP is the only scientific learned society to have achieved the standard, demonstrating the value of the IOP careers service to its members.

Are you a student member yet? It’s free digital-only membership for all students studying for a first degree in physics

The IOP also offers an accreditation system for company training schemes to guide employees aiming to become chartered physicists.

Find out more about their award-winning advice here

Employer Focus: Sharp Laboratories of Europe

Sharp Laboratories of Europe do research in semiconductor technology with scientists with varied background from optics, modelling, physics, materials and devices and also from many different countries.

They currently need a photonics/physicist with experimental skills to join their team for up to 12 months. This role will encompass the development and testing of new ideas to improve these technologies. They also encourage speculative applications from physicists.

Find out more about this role and about Sharp here: