Good news for SMEs

Small can be beautiful – good post about working for smaller companies

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There is a huge myth that graduates are only successful if they secure a role on a graduate job scheme as they believe that this is the only route open to them. This is reinforced by a recent survey which indicates that only one-third of 16 to 25 year-olds leaving full-time education had aspirations to work for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). So what are SMEs? The term refers to businesses which have fewer than 250 staff and a turnover of no more than £50 million.

Recent research from Santander Business Banking, suggests that SMEs have generated more than two and a half times as many jobs from 2013 to 2017, compared to larger firms. So, it’s important to realise that graduate schemes are certainly not the only route to success. If this trend of job creation continues at this level, it is predicted that by 2030 SMEs could…

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What is resilience and how can you be more resilient

Setbacks are an inevitable and normal part of life. Being able to cope with them is important in career planning as well as in life generally. Here is a great post from P & G giving some clear points to help

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P&G came on campus recently to talk about resilience as part of our #SkillsforSuccess series of workshops. Careers Consultant Steve Norman passes on their key messages.  

You may be noticing more and more employers talking about resilience and how it’s important in today’s ever-changing workplace.

So what is resilience?  It is the ability to cope with setbacks and bounce back from them.  For P&G that’s important in a work context but it can be applied to any situation.

Here are P&G’s six top tips for being resilient.                

Find your purpose. What is that you want to do? You are more likely to bounce back from setbacks if you are doing something you really want to do.

Choose your attitude towards any challenges – you can decide how to respond or how you feel about it positively or negatively.

Focus on what you can control about the situation. Break things into…

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Optical systems internship at Illumina

The optical systems group at Illumina performs research and development on advanced optical technologies to push the limits of DNA sequencing. The resulting machines find application in medical diagnostics and cutting edge genetic research.

In a 12-week internship, the intern will contribute to this research pipeline via the testing and screening of novel optical technologies, through research, designing, and building optical breadboard systems. These technologies integrate with sophisticated biochemical systems, requiring complex problem solving at the interface of physics, engineering, and biochemistry.

Applications are being accepted up to 16th December 2018, with assessment days scheduled last 2 weeks of January 2019.

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Featured employers with current grad and summer vacancies: Sharp & PA Consulting

Sharp Laboratories of Europe has had significant  involvement and success in the development of semiconductor laser diodes and laser based optical systems that are used in many products such as  image projectors, BluRay disc players and in next  generation AR smart glasses.  They are now looking for a researcher/engineer to join their device modelling theme located on the  Oxford Science Park, Oxford.

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PA Consulting is a management consultancy whose Technology Practice is a place where science, technology and market needs meet to think up solutions for some of the most perplexing problems in business. It’s about developing new products, original processes, advanced systems and unique technologies for clients who are often market-leaders. Ultimately, it’s about revolutionising industries by thinking differently, taking a fresh approach and challenging convention. They have a 10-week internship on offer

Working with like-minded scientists and engineers, you’ll take responsibility for vitally important elements of a development project. Very early in your internship you might find yourself getting involved in developing a new medical device, new diagnostics or a new consumer product. You could see a product at any stage from concept through prototype manufacture and even launch.

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How to succeed in technical exercises and interviews

Some good advice from employers keen on our students and graduates

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We asked two employers at yesterday’s Engineering Fair, Arup and Jacobs, to share their secrets of succeeding in technical exercises or interviews. This is what they said…

Technical exercises – Mikey Bishop, Early Careers Co-ordinator, Arup

When you apply to a role at Arup, we want to ensure that you can demonstrate and communicate your knowledge and skills. To allow you to do this, we incorporate a technical exercise into our assessment centres.

A technical exercise will be related to the specific role or industry you have applied for e.g. Structural Engineering. It will also incorporate aspects of the tasks that you would be doing on the job. It is important that where possible you demonstrate your working and remember the thought process you took to get to your answer. This is because your technical exercise will often be analysed and discussed during your interview with hiring managers.

C_BRAITHWAITE Headshot- for tech exercises blog Connor Braithwaite…

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An academic career: tips for success

Great post for those of you keen to develop an academic career.

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If you are a PhD student who would like to follow an academic career you are no doubt fully aware that it is a career area with stiff competition for jobs.  You will probably also be aware that to be competitive you should be trying to develop a publication record, build your academic network, and gain teaching experience during your PhD.  But what else can help you succeed – and thrive – in academia?  If you have not already seen it, you may want to read the article that was in Nature at the start of October Beating the odds to secure a permanent academic contract.  Although the researchers writing are all scientists, the advice can apply across all disciplines. I’ve summarised a few of the main points below:

  1. Design and follow a strategy: This is great advice and something we always recommend at the Careers Service. It’s important…

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