Events and placements for physicists

Professional Digital Presence (for Physics UG years 4 & 5)
What does your online presence say about you from a careers perspective? Are you making the most of digital platforms? **Bring your own device (laptop/tablet/phone)**. To guarantee a place, book here
Wed 1 Mar 2017, 2:00 PM3:00 PM, JCMB – 5327

Improve your Interview Performance (for Physics UG years 3 – 5)
Got an interview coming up? Feeling anxious? Come along and learn how to prepare and what to expect. This session is designed to prepare you for academic and industry interviews.  To guarantee a place, book here
Wed 1 Mar 2017, 3:00 PM4:00 PM, JCMB – 5327

PLUS for those of you in year 3 of your BSc or year 3/4 of your MSc, the School has some great academic and industry placements (Moon Collider, Machines with Vision, Edinburgh Instruments, Fixed Phage, Fujifilm, Bright Ascension and Horiba).

Closing date 6 March. More details here:

School of Physics and Astronomy Career Development Summer Scholarships

Get feedback on your application before you send it!

Book an appointment through MyCareerHub or see me outside the Magnet cafe on Thursday lunchtime

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The best Data Scientists know how to tell stories

The Careers Service Blog

Many thanks to my colleague Ruth Donnelly for this post on careers in data science and if you’re interested look our for the Data Talent Scotland event happening later in March – Rebecca

There has been an exponential explosion in number of jobs relating to data science and this is only likely to continue growing, so it may be worth a closer look.

What roles are involved in big data?

Data analyst – understands demands of business and able to integrate that with data

Data engineer – software development skills, builds and maintains systems

Data scientist – high powered maths and statistical skills

Ideally data scientists combine all 3 roles. You need to be able to (or be able to quickly learn how to) program, be comfortable with the software used in data analytics (3 most common are Python, R and MATLAB) and, importantly be able to understand…

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Physics in business: from swimwear to Game of Thrones

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“In the future, there is the possibility of using new 2D materials where once there was carbon-fibre, using sensors and magnetic fields to improve goal-line technology, and employing laser scanning to improve swimming techniques.”
“The speed & simplicity of supermarket checkouts can mean that it’s easy to forget that they depend on the application of sophisticated laser equipment & high-tech optics.”
“For visual effects company BlueBolt – whose film and TV credits include Game of Thrones and Skyfall – knowledge of real-world physics informs a lot of decisions about how things look.”
If you want to know about how physics relates to different business sectors, the Institute of Physics (IOP) has a great series of resources to introduce you.  From areas as diverse as:
  • visual special effects (VFX) to sports equipment & technology
  • transport to touchscreens
  • supermarkets to computer games

the PhysicsWorks series is an easy and interesting read to understand how physics is applied in these very different areas.

To explore these sectors more, use the Occupations links on the Careers Service website.

Success story: Callum & the Unipol Graduate Internship Programme

Callum Munro, a final year physics student has been successful in getting on to the six-month graduate internship programme with Unipol, the Italian insurance company in Bologna.

The programme runs twice a year, with start dates in February and September. Work is carried out in English so no prior knowledge of Italian is required.

 I asked him to give a bit of background to why he chose it  – and the application process.

Being in my final year of uni I have been looking for employment in finance. It’s something I’ve been interested in and I had an internship last summer. I found the role on MyCareerHub via the University of Edinburgh Careers Service website which is really great and gave some really clear information on what exactly the role was, where it was, a bit of background on the company, remuneration and so on.

 I sent off my CV and cover letter and they got back saying they would like to further my application and organised a telephone interview. The interview started with them asking about which part of the business I would like to work in and my experience of insurance and finance in general. 

 During the call they said that they would like to offer me the post and started talking about when I would be able to come, having an introductory week in July and whether I would be prepared to do some training. It starts properly in September but they said they will have me over for a week in July to get an idea of what I’ll be doing. Thanks again for the discussion we had at the Careers Service, it helped me out a lot.

The archived vacancy on MyCareerHub

The six-month programme consists of two three-month rotations in the corporate finance division. Interns may choose to work in any two of the following areas:

• M&A
• Debt Capital Markets
• Strategic Planning
• Investor Relations

Daily tasks will vary based on the needs of the management and department. They could include:

• Market analysis on the financials and business models of our Italian and European competitors within both the insurance and banking market;
• Conducting financial and economic valuations of potential investments, disinvestments and partnerships;
• Scouting and studying new M&A and Business Development opportunities to raise with senior management;
• Tracking the international financial media and producing daily reports;
• Monitoring and updating financial models, tables and balance sheets;
• Attending meetings with senior management and external stakeholders including investment banks;
• A personal research project tailored to the interests of the intern.

The requirements are as follows:

• Candidates must have achieved, or are on course to achieve, a minimum 2:1 in Economics, Finance, Mathematics, or a similar degree;
• Basic knowledge of finance;
• Strong analytical, organisational, communication and time management skills;
• Candidates must be self-starters, able to work well individually and as part of a team;
• Experience using Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint;
• Knowledge of financial databases (Bloomberg, Datastream, SNL) would be a benefit.

Work will be carried out in English so no prior knowledge of Italian is required.

The programme runs twice a year, with start dates in February and September.