Pizza and presentation panic

Edinburgh physics student Zoe offers her latest blog post from her internship in Coherent in California where free pizza is a nice incentive!  For any of you who find giving presentations just a little bit scary, she has some very savvy advice.

At the end of my internship, I will also be required to host one engineering seminar.  My presentation will last for about 30 minutes and it will include a summary of my internship and the obtained results.

I won’t hide that at the beginning I was dreading the idea of this presentation, since I don’t have a lot of experience and talking in front of people is a skill I haven’t practised as much.  To be fair, I have presented something twice at University during the end of my third year, once for my “Research Methods in Physics” and once in my “Experimental Physics” class.  However, they were both 10 minute long presentations and they differed from the one I am supposed to give at Coherent by an important factor:  the audience.  Presenting in front of your class and professors is quite different than presenting in front of unknown people who certainly know much more than you on the topic at hand.  It will be a challenge for me to stand there and speak with confidence but the more the time passes the more excited I get to do it.

For anyone who might be feeling the same way as me, here’s my advice:  Think about it as a good practice opportunity for a skill that is undoubtedly extremely useful and valuable in any kind of profession.  And the best part about it is that we really have nothing to lose from it.

Read the full post here. The Careers Service has advice on presentations too.

Lesser known Civil Service opportunities for graduates

Good post from my colleague about lesser known opportunities in the Civil Service. In view of what you develop through studying physics, physicists might be interested in Digital & Technology, Defence Engineering & Science and Statistical Service Data Science.

The Careers Service Blog

I recently attended a very informative Careers Service briefing at HM Treasury. I’ll hope to share other findings from this in a later post, but for now the focus is on a really interesting element of their presentation: lesser known Civil Service opportunities for graduates.

Linsey Chrisman, Graduate Outreach Manager at HMT, highlighted that there’s more Graduate Schemes within the Civil Service than just the Fast Stream. However, some programmes are lesser known for different reasons, such as governmental restrictions around website content and departmental advertising budgets.

The following, potentially lesser known, programmes cover a wide range of career interests:

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Boston Consulting: Paris workshop

BCG

BCG invites you to apply for the UnlimITed 2016 case workshop in Paris and guide a leading company to success by evaluating a strategy solution to address their biggest challenge. Based on a real BCG project, discover how technological innovations can create a decisive competitive advantage for their clients.

Together with BCG consultants from our dynamic Technology Advantage practice and 50 top students from universities in Europe and the Middle East, you will gain an in-depth understanding of your client’s situation, identify the improvement ideas with the greatest potential, and present your execution plan to the client’s board.

Along the way, you will learn the methodologies and approach of the world’s leading strategy consultancy, and face new challenges that will enable you to grow personally and professionally.

This event is open to outstanding university students and postgraduateswith an affinity for both IT and strategy, proven through studies or extracurricular activities.

Please visit their website to view more information about our event.

Deadline for applications is the 6th of September.

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