Future thinking – don’t be afraid!


Interesting study looking at the motivations and aspirations of current students, 13% of whom were UoE students according to KPMG who commissioned it. It picks up issues of generation, gender and social mobility in relation to students thinking  about their futures.  Strongest message is try not to be scared to make a career decision. The ideal role might not be the first one you have but you can work towards it.

They offer other key messages for undergraduates as well as recommendations for universities and careers services around creating a learning environment with a real focus on  employability and continuing to bridge the gap between university and employment through collaboration.

From CGI to cleft palates, mapping disease to space science & bedbugs!

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STFC is one of seven publicly funded UK Research Councils. With a combination of expertise, facilities and resources, they drive knowledge and innovation in the UK and throughout the world, shaping societies, strengthening economies, building industries and transforming lives. Based across six key sites nationwide, with collaborations around the globe, their teams are a mix of scientists, engineers, technology specialists and support professionals (all 2000 of them) –  harnessing what they know to meet real-world requirements.

Their success stories give a good flavour of what they do – and what you could be doing with them.

Find out more about careers with STFC on their website. They recruit via MyCareerHub too so start following them on MyCareerHub and on LinkedIn to get updates on opportunities.

They are currently focussing on inspiring careers for women in their organisation and have won awards for addressing  gender inequality.

Institute of Physics: insight into teaching

UPDATE: this event didn’t happen due to powercut at Kings Buildings. Lewis says it will likely be rescheduled after Christmas and will let us know so we can promote again.(Susan Bird). He has supplied us with the slides from one of the presenters.

Lewis Lappin from the Edinburgh University Physics Society is also the Ambassador for the IOP’s Insight into Teaching event and has asked me to highlight this event for physicists

Interested in teaching? Find out about a career in teaching Physics at the Institute of Physics Insight into teaching event.

When: 16th of November at Lecture Theatre C, JCMB, Kings Buildings.

Find out about:
•Gaining school experience
•Routes into teaching
•How to apply

Network with:
•Current teachers
•Teacher training providers
•IOP representatives

There will be refreshments and a free IOP goody bag for everyone that comes!

RSVP on eventbrite to confirm your place:

Join the Facebook event

An internship – why should I bother?

Good post from my colleague Jane Challinor, Information Manager, about internships and work experience.

The Careers Service Blog

On Day 2 of #ExperienceWorks, here’s some food for thought from the latest annual survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

Why do a formal summer internship?  Well, agreed, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea – and for some graduate roles these structured programmes don’t even exist (there are other ways of getting experience instead*). But if you’re in your third or penultimate year of study and any of the following apply to you:

  1. Hoping to work in (for example) finance, marketing, business, engineering, IT, law, HR
  2. Wanting to build, in perhaps a more formal environment, upon the work experience you already have
  3. Open to the idea that trying something out is the best way of testing whether it’s right for you

…then you should consider applying for a summer internship.

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According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) almost three-quarters of graduate employers…

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Focus on: NHS Medical Physicist

Jonathan Dixon, University of Edinburgh physics graduate and NHS Medical Physicist joined me at my physics career drop-in last week and gave an excellent presentation.

He introduced the different areas you can choose to specialise in and the training route ( working while you qualify).  The opportunities for progression and professional are good and appeal to those who want to apply physics in a healthcare context.I have attached his slides with his contact details. medical-physics-jonathan-dixon-nhs-stp_edinburgh

He encouraged students to:

  • contact him for informal enquiries
  • try and get a visit to an NHS medical physics department or an Open Day
  • look at the Careers Service resouces on medical physicist

Open days in Edinburgh at the Western General are regularly advertised each year by our current contact Bill Nailon  email:Bill.Nailon@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Work placements for women in STEM

Careerwise offers paid work placements exclusively for women studying STEM subjects at Scottish Universities, as well as additional careers support and advice to all placementees pre and post placement to boost confidence during the transition into the workplace.

They will be at Careers in Engineering this Wednesday 2 November from 2-5pm at Sanderson building Kings Buildings so go and meet them!

The placements for this year have just opened for applications, and are being advertised on MyCareerHub.

Organisations providing placements include Mercury Engineering, AECOM, KP Technology, CAS, Midlothian Council, University of Edinburgh, Leonardo (Selex), Sestran, Exterity, Marine Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Peacock Technologies.  More to follow in the next few weeks. 

Thirteen organisations have signed up to Careerwise, between them offering 29 paid work placements, presenting a unique opportunity for women to gain valuable work experience in key STEM sectors.  Placements take place between June and August 2017 and are paid at a salary of at least £16K pro rata.  Applications are welcome from women currently studying STEM subjects at any Scottish University.  The closing date for all registrations of interest is 25th November 2017. 

You can read more about Careerwise here

Love physics, teach physics

Keen to share your love of physics?

If you’d like to know more about teaching, and whether it’s for you or not, come along to the teaching Career Conversation happening in JCMB on Wednesday 9th November (lunchtime)

My colleague Suzanne Agnew is running it with an academic member of staff from Moray House.  You can book a space via MyCareerHub

You can find out more about teaching from our online resources  and from searching the resources tab on MyCareerHub.