Success for Freddie

Freddie Ferguson (MPhys) was one of the physics team captains who got his team to the semi-final of the IBM Universities Business Challenge in Edinburgh this year.

He has just been successful in getting a Saltire internship this summer at Finning International in Vancouver.  He will be a Business Analysis Intern. You can find out more about the Saltire programme here. Freddie has agreed to write a couple of blogposts for this blog later in the summer.

171 bright, ambitious and talented students from across Scotland’s universities have secured internships around the globe. I’m very pleased to say that 12 are from the University of Edinburgh.

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Here is what the Saltire Foundation told us:

“This year was a particularly competitive year, with over 1,500 students applying to take part in the programme – a 30% increase on last year. This incredible number is a strong indication the value your students continue to see in our programme and the opportunity it presents them. The Careers Service’s support of the programme and encouragement you provide your students has been instrumental in 2018 being yet another record breaking year.”

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Want to use your skills to support world-leading science?

STFC is now hiring a European Officer in Didcot.

You’ll assist the Stakeholder and International Relations team in ensuring STFC science maintains a high profile with existing and potential new international partners.

Apply today: http://socsi.in/hnPYE

Closing date: 13 June 2018

 

Employer focus: Newtyne

Newtyne Consultancy and Training is a Business Intelligence services company based in Edinburgh.

Newtyne recruits numerate graduates and train you up through an intensive training programme comprising five courses enabling you to obtain the SAS Certified Base Programmer qualification. Once the training is complete you will spend 52 weeks within an organisation putting all your skills and knowledge into practice.

At the end of the 52 weeks the organisation has a choice of transferring you to their organisation, extending or ceasing the engagement. The main objective of the Newtyne Academy is to transfer you to the host organisation.   There is no cost incurred by graduates.

They have three analyst vacancies right now within Tesco Bank and are targeting Physics and Astronomy graduates as, in their words…

“We have found these to be a rich vein of talented and highly suitable individuals”

Find out more on MyCareerHub

Featured employer: MThree Consulting & technology jobs in Scotland

MThree Consulting offer an interesting route into working in tech with supported training.  They say:

We understand that taking those first steps into your career can be daunting. With so many different opportunities and routes into employment in front of you, it’s hard to know how to navigate. Within our Alumni Programme we are currently looking for Graduates who enjoy problem solving and coming up with creative solutions to join our firm.

They use words like “flexibility”, “stepping stone to your future”.  If this sounds like something you want to know more about, find out here:

Alumni By MThree Job Advert

They are currently recruiting for jobs in Glasgow and Bournemouth and they are have an insight networking event in Glasgow on Thursday 14th June. More details here.

You can also read Tim’s blogpost to find out what it’s like for a physics graduate with MThree

 

Summer internships in the Space Sector: Spinterns (it’s a real thing, honest…)

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The Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for those considering employment in the space sector and space sector organisations looking to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses. The scheme is managed by the UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

They have some great summer internships and it’s not too late to apply but closing dates are coming up soon. They  need high quality applications to ensure that companies come back next year!

Vacancies include AI in Space Robotics, Space Careers Development Placement, PROSPECTing for lunar water: sample camera for a Moon lander and more.

Find out more here

 

 

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Featured job: Materials Scientist, De La Rue

De La Rue provides governments and organisations with the secure products and digital solutions that enable countries to trade, companies to sell, economies to grow and people to move securely around an increasingly connected world. De La Rue partners with governments, central banks and commercial organisations across the world.

In the last three years, De La Rue has provided services to 142 countries, generating over 7 billion unique products and solutions annually – in the form of banknotes, passports and secure product identifiers.

They are currently recruiting for a New Product Development Scientist to work on security document development projects within our Technology Centre in Overton, Hampshire. The New Product Development Scientist will lead projects within the Development Team from idea creation through to product launch following the De La Rue innovation process. You will be involved in the development of scientific, technical and product expertise in key areas such as: coatings,  polymer, print and ink technologies.

They are looking for innovative individuals with the following skills;

  • Graduate or above in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or similar subject.
  • Industrial experience in bringing a technical and/ or complex products to market either through a focus on technical research or product development.
  • Experience of working within coatings, packaging, ink, print, paper or polymer development is advantageous
  • Knowledge of polycarbonate security documents and/ or laser engraving/ laser science is desirable.
  • Understanding of the processes involved in the delivery of projects or sub-projects with evidence of delivering to challenging timescales.
  • Ability to learn the science involved in one or more areas of scientific focus to support the De La Rue product ranges.
  • Possess good commercial understanding and able to connect with challenges outside of the Materials Development team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work proactively and independently.

The role will involve travel in the UK and overseas at times

To find out more visit www.delarue.com

 

Large grad scheme not for you? Suss out the alternatives – small can be beautiful!

I realise not everyone wants to work for a large recruiter via a graduate scheme yet sometimes it may feel like that is the only thing out there. They do tend to have lots of money to spend on marketing and recruitment so their profile is high. However, would it surprise you to know that only 15% of graduates go onto graduate schemes? Far greater numbers go on to work for smaller or medium-sized enterprises/organisations (SMEs) of up to 250 staff, often much fewer where there can be huge benefits including:

– Quicker selection process, usually just CV and cover letter, interview (no online tests!)
– Quicker timeline from application to start date (they tend to recruit as the work and projects demand)
– Less hierarchical work environment – contact with senior management
– More responsibility – more quickly
– Work across multiple projects
– Access to network for future career opportunities
– Employ lots of recent graduates
– Learn great skills

They just recruit very differently and may not have the time or resources to come to careers fairs or invest in recruitment marketing.  Often they use partners to help them recruit, especially if they are smaller start-ups who need talented graduates for interesting projects but don’t have an HR or recruitment team to do this.

I was aware today following our session on “No idea for your career”  that you may might not be aware of some of the graduate internship partner initiatives that are available where there are paid jobs with SMEs.  I have listed some below

If you are uncertain yet about career direction, or want to build up some valuable experience, these initiatives are a great idea to consider as a “stepping stone”.

Most work with SMEs and offer a great “first job” experience that could lead to a longer-term post with them or give you greater confidence and experience to apply for the next thing – which might be a graduate scheme or a different/similar role within another SME or in the public sector – or set up your own SME!

1) Employ.ed in an SME offers 4-10 week full time or part time internships within small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and is run by the Careers Service working with many SMEs, including tech start-ups. Benefits include having a varied role, lots of responsibility and often working alongside the founders of the company.

All opportunities are advertised throughout the year on MyCareerHub. Search MyCareerHub opportunities for ‘Employ.ed in an SME’ Roles are open to all final year undergraduates, postgraduate students or recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh (2 years after graduation)

Employ.ed in an SME

2) ScotGrad

Graduate placements through ScotGrad are designed to give you that first piece of graduate-level work experience. Placements can be 6 -12 months with one of Scotland’s growing organisations you’ll gain valuable experience working on a defined project, where you will make a significant impact on a small or medium-sized organisation. Science engineering and tech roles can be really well-paid too, far more than their minimum . Placements are advertised via MyCareerHub too and are available across a range of sectors, including:

Food and Drink
Science and Environment
Energy (Oil & Gas, Renewables)
Creative Industries
Travel and Tourism
IT/Enabling Technology
Construction and Forest Industries
Textiles
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3) Bright Green Business offers exciting opportunities for students and recent graduates to work with companies and organisations across Scotland. Their aim is to offer meaningful project-based placements to ensure that you are not only gaining credible work experience but that you are also able to have ownership of the work you produce. The placements are paid, run all year round and tend to be short-term ranging from 8 to 12 weeks. Roles range from environmental management, active travel, science & engineering to marketing & communication

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4) The Step Programme offers undergraduates and recent graduates a range of work experience opportunities. These can be either short term work placements, generally lasting between eight weeks and six months or longer term internships lasting between six and 12 months. All opportunities have a genuine development focus, are structured, project based and are all paid.

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5) Adopt an intern

Find out more about ​Adopt an Intern

There are other ways to get a foot in the door in an SME so if there is a sector you are interested in come and get some advice from us.

From physics to petrochemical industry

IneosOlivia Steele studied Physics at the University of Edinburgh, but her role is open to chemistry and chemical engineering graduates.

Degree Subject

Masters of Physics with Honours Astrophysics, U of Edinburgh, graduated July 2015.

Brief career history, including current job title & employer

I started working for INEOS as a commercial graduate in Cologne, September 2015. I was out there for almost two years and had two roles in that time: ethylene operator and polymers performance analyst. From May of last year, I have been Assistant Product Manager for INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe, based in Grangemouth.

Where was your current job was advertised/how did you find it, what was the appeal, what attributes were the organisation looking for?

I met INEOS at the Edinburgh University Careers fair and so applied online. I was keen to start a new challenge and the commercial graduate scheme was a perfect fit. It appealed to me because INEOS wanted graduates who studied a STEM subject, even for the commercial roles. They appreciated the analytical/numerical skills and problem solving I had learned through university.

Which other organisations offer similar roles?

Most other petrochemical companies offer similar roles, however with INEOS you are given real responsibilities from day one. The company offer lots of support and give you space to expand your role with time.

Can you describe what your job entails or a typical week in your job? With your crystal ball, what does the future for your sector/job look like?

I am responsible for the day-to-day planning of all our chemical products we make on site. This means working with our customers and consumers, the shipping team, different assets and taking part in many cross-optimisation conversations. The future for my current role looks exciting – I am beginning to learn more about cracker economics, getting involved in market analysis and taking part in some long-term projects.

Best/Worst parts of the job

Best part of the job is that every day is different (not a cliché!) and I get to interact with various teams both on site here in Grangemouth and abroad. Worst part of the job is that I have to deal with unforeseen complications – but only sometimes!

How have you used the skills and knowledge from your degree in your job?

Creative problem solving helps when dealing with certain issues and analytical thinking is needed not only for day-to-day planning discussions but also to work out the most cost effective solution in a time-pressured environment.

What extra-curricular experience (eg work experience, volunteering, societies, sports, interests etc) do you believe helped you get where you are today?

I have had a range of different types of work experience – as a shop assistant, a waitress, a summer research student at the observatory and as a research assistant for a company who make sports equipment in Austria – these were all great opportunities to learn about different techniques, improve communication skills and develop customer relations. Being involved in societies and sports also helps with organisational skills and working with different types of people.
Is there anything you wish you HAD done in your past to make it easier to get where you are today?

Perhaps taken some more chemistry modules at university…it’s been a bit of a learning curve!

What advice would you give to students wishing to enter your field of work?

The petrochemical industry is fast paced – make sure you are ready for a challenge, it won’t disappoint!

CGG on campus & recruiting physicists

CGG

Are you passionate about science and technology and want to use your skills to solve real problems?

CGG provide geological, geophysical and reservoir expertise to natural resource clients around the globe. They are looking for people with excellent analytical and problem solving skills, who will apply these skills to solving these complex data issues.

CGG will be visiting the University of Edinburgh to share information with you about their graduate and internship programmes, their image processing technology & offer advice on how to prepare for their video interviews & assessment centres.

If you are currently studying Physics, Geophysics, Geology, Maths or Engineering, see them on Thursday 15th March from 1pm – 2pm.

Details here: https://mycareerhub.ed.ac.uk/students/events/detail/488927