Do you have a part-time job?

Get recognition for the time & effort you put into your part-time job! Great to add to your CV and really helps you to do better job/course applications.

We are running another Edinburgh Award (Semester) Work Experience that will run January to March next year.  Applications will go live on 30 November

Find out more here

Expand your CV! Global Leader Experience

Common purpose image     A great opportunity for students to develop and showcase problem solving and skills, and will certainly enhance your  employability.

100 UoE students from at least 25 nationalities will have the opportunity to work together over 4 days to explore a major world challenge from a local perspective – it involves a partnership between the University, City of Edinburgh Council and The Wheatley Group. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • learn from leaders from business, government and NGOs
  • discover how a city works and doesn’t work
  • develop Cultural Intelligence as you learn from each other
  • generate innovative solutions to the Challenge which are presented to city leaders.

This kind of opportunity does not come around very often, and it is completely free. Be warned, you have to be committed – it isn’t something you can sign up for and then not attend at the last minute, but then that makes it all the more worthwhile.

It’s run by Common Purpose, a social enterprise with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development programmes that enable people from different backgrounds, sectors, geographies and generations to work together to solve common problems. The programme is open to UGs & PGs and takes place during ILW (16-19th Feb) at John McIntyre Centre.It gets glowing reports from previous participants, including Edinburgh alumni.

Deadline Dec 14th!    More details and online application here :

Candida Martha Menezes, Student, University of Edinburgh, participant, Edinburgh and Glasgow 2014

“I have been inspired by speakers, they made me determined to work hard and grasp every opportunity. I have also learned so much from my fellow participants who are great communicators, innovations and much more!”



Big data = big business

The storage, manipulation and analysis of data underpins many business processes and systems. Ocado Technology is one example of a commercial business that is generating hundreds of terabytes of data, through tens of thousands of events a second, and needs data solutions to capture, store and derive value and innovation from it. It may not be ‘Big Data’ by some standards but it’s critical data and their Data Scientists, Development Teams and Business Users have BIG demands of it. They say:

Traditional data storage/processing tools can’t cut the mustard so we are building our own solutions. It’s cloud based, open source and it’s bleeding edge.

If you’re thinking “how can I apply my skills and experience in technical writing, software development – or working with big data”, they have opportunities for specialist technology roles as well as a range of graduate schemes.

Check out their blog to find out more about Robotics,  Algorithm Development and Simulation & Visualisation at Ocado Technology

Enterprise Week 2015 now on!

Are you creative, innovative, disruptive, or entrepreneurial…


What’s on?

  • Get Inspired alumni event on Wednesday 18th Nov, 2-4.30pm
  • Career Conversation”Working for Yourself”, Tues 17th 1.05-1.50pm
  • Both these events are followed by Enterprise Club sessions in the evenings, including ‘Business for Punks’ featuring the founder of Brewdog
  • Youth Enterprise Conference on Thursday evening organised by the ICUE Student Society
  • Women in Entrepreneurship event as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Full details on MCH and linked from Latest News on Careers Service website.

STEM Awards 2016: win £25,000!

STEM awards

Are you a STEM student with dynamic ideas, ambition and the determination to make a difference in the world? If so, the STEM Awards 2016 is a unique opportunity to prove your talent to some of the biggest names in the industry – and put yourself in the running to win £25,000.  These are annual awards for STEM, hosted by the Telegraph in association with Babcock and are offered in to entrants either in teams or individuals in the following categories:

  • Aerospace – in association with Rolls-Royce
  • Design in the Built Environment – in association with Atkins
  • Energy – in association with SEMTA
  • Healthcare – in association with GSK
  • Innovation – in association with McLaren

Closing date for all entries: 15 February, 2016.

More details here::

Do you have a strong understanding of physics fundamentals including analytical, theoretical, experimental and creative capabilities?

…then TTP The Technology Partnership want you. They have internship and graduate opportunities for physicists.

As one of a cluster of independent technology consultancies in Cambridge, they use their expertise in science and engineering to help other companies, large and small to create and exploit new technology. There is a good profile in the latest issue of Physics World which focuses on Andrew Baker-Campbell, a physics PhD  graduate now working for TTP.  In his first year he:

  • helped to improve an ultrasonic air pump (an invention that won an Innovation Award from the IOP)
  • printed electronic circuits
  • made high-speed videos of drug particles in an air flow for research on inhaler technology

He said he was looking for a career with lots of variety where he could:

  • use his physics on a day-to-day basis
  • face real-world challenges and make an impact on them quickly
  • be involved in all aspect of a product’s development
  • be able to develop his own ideas

You could find out more about his role in Physics world magazine and more about TTP here: & Physics Connect not only gives access to the IOP’s vacancy portal but also to Physics Connect

Physics Connect lists scientific companies, businesses, non-profit organizations, institutions and experts worldwide – a great resource to find potential employers of physicists (who may not advertise in the usual places).

You can access even more if you subscribe as a student member and they offer free digital-only membership to physics undergrads.  Here’s a taster.

Stars in your eyes: astronomy tech used for early detection of AMD, the developed world’s leading cause of sight loss

Spotted this and thought it great to show how the skills and experiences you develop in one area can be applied to others:

“Engineers used to designing state of the art instruments for ground and space based telescopes are now applying their expertise to the development of a diagnostic test for the developed world’s most common form of sight loss in adults, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Engineers at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) normally design and make instruments to detect faint light from distant stars and galaxies. They are also currently collaborating with scientists from Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences to develop a unique instrument, a ‘retinal densitometer’, which can pick up the earliest stages of AMD by measuring, in the minutest of detail, how the eye responds to light.”

STFC offers good opportunities for students and graduates and has established many spinout companies through a variety of market sectors. What’s it like working for them?

U + JCMB 5327 = *CV+*

Make your CV stand out for all the right reasons.

  • This session from Susan Bird (Careers Service) will give you tips and tactics for an effective CV, no matter what you are applying for
  • Any year group welcome but targeted at Junior Hons, Senior Hons and MPhys

When: Wed 11 Nov 2.05pm – 3pm

Where: JCMB 5327

More advice here 

CERN presentation tomorrow!

Date: 4th November
Time: 1pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Sanderson Building (campus map)

Come along to this presentation to find out about the range of careers available at CERN. There will be representatives from CERN talking about their life and work, including a description of their larger experiments, infrastructure and maintenance.
You will also hear about the graduate programmes how to apply and some hints and tips on the application process.

Sign up on MyCareerHub today

Following the presentation, CERN will have a stand at the Careers in Engineering Fair

You may also be interested in  Costain’s Pizza & Presentation directly after the fair at 5pm in LT1, Sanderson Building