From uni to workplace: what I wish I’d known

Physics & Astronomy and Maths graduates share their stories on managing the move into a professional workplace. Find out about

  • the jobs they do & the environments they work in
  • their perceptions & expectations before they started and how they felt after
  • employer expectations of them in their workplace when it comes to professional  behaviour & workplace culture
  • their advice on what you can do now to help you feel more confident about the move into the workplace

This session will be useful for those who have already have a job lined up as well as for those who are still looking and planning

It will help you :

  • discover what’s out there
  • become more confident and professional

Tuesday 17th March 5.30pm JCMB

More details and sign-up on MyCareerHub

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Your Careers Compass

Cyber security opportunities

Did you know there are an estimated 1500 jobs in this area in Scotland and growing?! Salaries are high because of skills shortages.

This means lots of opportunities for our students and graduates. Find out more from DigitalWorld here

 (Here is a indication of why this is a growing area…)

Physics in archaeology

What do those with a scientific background actually do in academic or commercial Archaeology? How far back in time can you take your technical skills?

We have SUERC (https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/suerc/staff/) coming in to talk about the scientific aspects of Archaeology. They use physics, chemistry & biological techniques, including carbon dating and radio isotopes.

Spotlight on Scientific Archaeology is on 26th February at Murchison House, Kings Buildings. More details and sign-up here

Careers in Tech & Data 12 Feb

The current list of exhibitors is now published on the website and on the Event Listing on MCH. 

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:

  • Deliveroo – you may have seen the press coverage around their new Edinburgh HQ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-51027558
  • Emotech a new exhibitor in Robotics/AI  
  • 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

Games industry in Edinburgh

There are eight towns and cities in the country where the games industry generates over £60m in GVA into the local economy (Edinburgh, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Leamington Spa, Crawley and Horsham, Manchester, Guildford, Slough and Heathrow, and London). 55% of game development jobs in the UK are based outside of London and the South East, according to a new regional economic impact report released by the video games and interactive entertainment industry trade body Ukie. “

Dundee comes in at number 10. While Edinburgh’s position may be boosted by the juggernaut that is Rockstar North, there are some other local industry “players” to be aware of who will be coming to our Careers in Tech & Data Fair on 12 February

We have a new gaming company coming – Mooncollider – based in Edinburgh and Codeplay who work with the games industry.   Sumdog are also attending and, as well as EdTech, who could be described as gamified education. If you are interested in computer gaming, talk to companies like Fanduel about their fantasy sports business.

Other exhibitors cover AI/Machine Learning, Space & Satellites, Agritech, Cyber Security, Fintech, Marketing and Advertising, MedTech, Tourism and much more.

Over 50% are recruiting from any discipline. Around 50% are SMEs
Around 90% have graduate roles. Around 60% have other paid work experience

Find out more here

Insight into Actuarial

We are running an Insight into Actuarial session again next week (Weds, 13:30-15:00). This is open to Physics & Astronomy students

Find out more about this career area where your numerical and data skills are highly valued. 

There will be 4 speakers (2 In-house: Lloyds, Royal London; 2 Consulting: Hymans Robertson, EY) then a Q&A. 

Details and sign up via MyCareerHub

Learning R through modelling sports – free workshop

In 2020, ATASS Sports will be hosting another two-day introductory training workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates and Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science, with a special focus on learning the R language through sports modelling.

The workshop, which they’ll be running once in April 2020 and once in June 2020, will be free to attend and ATASS Sports will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The event will offer attendees a rare insight into the work of a commercial mathematical research organisation.

Here’s what they say:

Learning R through modelling sports: An interactive introduction to the R language

An introductory workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science

Workshop venue: ATASS Sports, Oxygen House, Exeter

Date options: Thu 16 – Fri 17 April 2020 or Wed 24 – Thu 25 June 2020

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

At ATASS Sports, we apply cutting-edge statistical and mathematical techniques to forecast the results of sporting events, and in 2020 we’ll be running a special introductory training workshop on the statistical language R, and how it can be used to solve problems in the field of sports modelling.

During the two-day workshop (which we’ll be running twice – once in April, and once in June), you’ll learn the essentials of R from the ground up, and will have the opportunity to work hands-on with real sports data under the guidance of our expert statisticians. And of course, you’ll also get to sample the very best of West Country hospitality.

Full travel expenses and two nights of hotel accommodation (for Wed 15 & Thu 16 April, or Tue 23 & Wed 24 June) will be provided, along with entertainment at the end of day one.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science. Places will be allocated on a competitive basis. To apply, please visit www.atass-sports.co.uk/workshop and submit your CV, along with a paragraph explaining why you’d like to attend (200 words maximum).

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 January 2020.

Success after School industry placement

Chris Acheson (MPhys MInstP) is a recent graduate who wanted to share some advice.

I graduated with an MPhys from Edinburgh in 2018. During my degree I was fortunate enough to undertake a summer industry placement at Bright Ascension, the cubesat software company at CodeBase. (This was offered through the School’s Career Scholarship Programme as one of their industry placements)

I have just started a job at the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand where I have joined the space team – the aim of the group is to find new applications for superconductors in space technologies.

Without a doubt, the reason I got the job was the internship at Bright Ascension, who have a really good reputation even here in New Zealand.

Make a difference with your tech skills

The Financial Conduct Authority works to make sure financial markets are honest, fair and effective so that consumers get a fair deal. They do this by regulating more than 59,000 businesses.

Next summer you could be developing your skills in an environment that makes a real difference to society. They have three summer internship programmes and closing date is 5 January 2020

Data Science Summer Internship Programme:
Technology and Change Summer Internship Programme:
Cyber and Information Resilience Summer Internship Programme

Find out more and apply here