The fifth Equate Student Network Conference & Awards 2020 is next week in Glasgow with a fantastic line-up. Travel expenses covered, see below
This free conference brings together women studying STEM to celebrate their passion for their subject, connect with inspiring women professionals and enhance their career development. This is an opportunity for them to build their network and practice some of the skills you have been talking to them about in your 1-2-1 sessions. The conference includes:
Interactive workshops (Assertiveness in the workplace, Interview Skills, Negotiation Skills and Intro to Design Thinking) to help students develop their skills.
An employer panel session so they can ask those burning questions about how to promote girls into STEM and what it’s really like working in these industries.
Inspiring keynote speakers: Mamta Singhal and Victoria Hamilton. Read their bios here.
An opportunity to network with women STEM professionals and employers ( Barclays, Cala Homes, Dell, FanDuel, Hays, Lloyds, Recoil, Scottish Power and The Data Lab) over lunch and a mini employer’s fair to find out about placement and graduate roles.
This event is open to all women studying STEM and the built environment at colleges and universities in Scotland. They know being out of pocket for travel is an issue, so students travelling out with Glasgow will be reimbursed up to £15 per person. Students travelling from the Highlands and Islands, Dundee and Aberdeen will be reimbursed up to £30 per person. Travel expenses claim forms will be issued to students on the day of the event.
After the conference they will be hosting a Steminist Quiz for women studying/working in STEM or women working on equality in STEM to share their experiences and join forces in teams of five to play for prizes over drinks and nibbles. If you are interested register here.
We got some great feedback from a student who recently attended an assessment centre at the Met Office as part of their recruitment process. She came to us for some advice prior to her interview. Here is what she reported back:
“I was pretty nervous on my way down but I didn’t really need to be. Everyone down there was super nice and friendly. We got shown around the building and got to see where all of our forecasts come from, which was very interesting.
The assessment (1 hour) was nowhere near the level I’d been working at throughout university. The questions were on easy topics which made the assessment more an exercise in remembering how to do the easy things rather than pushing our limits. So I would advise an applicant should go over their schoolwork (Higher maths and physics) before heading down.
The interview (30 minutes) was less scary than I was expecting. There were only two interviewers, as they said that intimidating people isn’t the best way to let them get their information across.
You were right to say for me to check the weather. The first question that I was asked was “So how do you keep up-to-date with the weather on a day-to-day basis?”, which I responded with “Well, I probably look out of the window a little too often”. I doubt that many people are successful in an interview with that as their opening line, but instead of being told to leave, I was met by big smiles and being told that I will fit in really well (as that’s how the best forecasts start).
They then asked for a three day forecast for Exeter (or back in Edinburgh). After the weather questions most of the questions were about working in teams and customer service. I didn’t find these quite so easy, but they were kind and helped me to the right answers if I didn’t hit the nail on the head first time. I left the interview thinking that it went well, and so did all the other applicants.
I fully didn’t expect to be given an offer, thinking that it would be great assessment day experience and fun to go on a bit of an adventure, so it came as quite a shock when I got the call through to say that I had a job. Thank you very much for your time and help at our meeting. I hope that what I have said might be of some use to future applicants to the Met Office.
We are really pleased with the line-up with great representation from small and medium sized organisations – roughly half of the exhibitors will be SMEs, and around half are recruiting students from any discipline – so definitely routes into STEM careers for everyone. We’ve got quite a range of tech sectors represented too, examples include:
a few related to Healthcare/MedTech like TPP, Canon Medical Research and NHS National Services Scotland
Criton talking about tech related to the hospitality industry.
Crover representing agritech back again after supporting with one of the talks last year
Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and QueryClick showcasing tech related opportunities in the world of Marketing/Advertising
FreetoBook and Red61 Ltd from Tourism/Festivals sector
Public sector represented by Home Office digital team
ESRI who specialise in GIS
New exhibitors include Illuminate Technologies focusing on cyber security and Adarga AI/Machine learning
Good representation from the space sector; SES, Shetland Space Centre, GSI, Spire and Clyde Space.
Edinburgh based tech companies well represented; FreeAgent (sponsoring), FanDuel, Modulr Finance, Speech Graphics, KAL ATM Software, Esri Global and UserTesting to name a few.
We’ve also got some great talks lined up to take place during the fair:
The first one, hosted by DDI sector lead for creative industries, Caroline Parkinson, focusses on BOTH tech & data related careers in the creative industries PLUS creative tech & data roles in organisations you may not associate with the creative industries. Speakers from DMA, Amazon and Edinburgh based animation and visual effects studio, Interference Pattern. More here
The second is all about how tech is changing roles across industries, hosted by the Data Lab to provide the overview with insight from speakers from Spire Global, Current Health and Emotech. More here
Find out how to get the most out the event on our website
We are now advertising Employ.ed on Campus internships on MyCareerHub until the 23rd February. There are **record numbers** of internships this year – really interesting projects across the university including some within the School of Physics & Astronomy but you can apply for any that interest you. Search ‘Employ.ed on Campus’ on MyCareerHub
2nd to penultimate UG students can apply
You can apply to a max. of 3 internships
You need to submit an application form on MCH for each internship you want to apply for
You must submit a CV and answer application questions
Use our online advice for Cvs and applications plus CV360 feedback tool on MyCareerHib Resources tab
You can get feedback on your applicaton(s) by booking an appointment with any of the Careers Consultants or by seeing me at my Physics & Astronomy Careers dropin on Thursdays from 12 outside the Magnet cafe