SCI Day of Science and Careers

Organised by  School of Physics academic Dr Tiffany Wood, Director of Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership and Chair, SCI Scotland Group


Calling UG and PG students across all scientific disciplines

SCI’s Day of Science & Careers , University of Edinburgh, 5 April 2017

Explore a wide range of careers in science-based industries. Speakers from industrial, academic and independent backgrounds will present their career pathway and offer insights in to what to look out for, and what to consider when choosing your next steps. Plus sessions on interview skills and CV writing, with opportunities to network with speakers and fellow delegates.

Talks will include the following areas:

  • Working in Analytical Chemistry
  • Intellectual Property & Patents
  • Life in an SME
  • Scientific Publishing
  • Academic Careers
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Academic/Industrial Partnerships
  • Scientific Marketing

For the full timed programme and to book online please visit:

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Future thinking – don’t be afraid!


Interesting study looking at the motivations and aspirations of current students, 13% of whom were UoE students according to KPMG who commissioned it. It picks up issues of generation, gender and social mobility in relation to students thinking  about their futures.  Strongest message is try not to be scared to make a career decision. The ideal role might not be the first one you have but you can work towards it.

They offer other key messages for undergraduates as well as recommendations for universities and careers services around creating a learning environment with a real focus on  employability and continuing to bridge the gap between university and employment through collaboration.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Lots of things?

If you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this great TED talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one? The benefits of this “wiring” include idea synthesis & innovation, rapid learning & adaptability.

Brilliant examples help you understand at it’s not only OK to be keen on lots of things – but actually can be a huge advantage.  Combing specialists with multipotentialites creates great teams, for example. Listen to what she says – I think I just realised I am one!

Here are some more talks if you don’t know what to do with your life! TED talks

Institute of Physics achieves quality award for its career information

IOP has once again been successfully Matrix accredited. This means that they’ve met the gold standard for providing careers information and advice to its members.  The IOP is the only scientific learned society to have achieved the standard, demonstrating the value of the IOP careers service to its members.

Are you a student member yet? It’s free digital-only membership for all students studying for a first degree in physics

The IOP also offers an accreditation system for company training schemes to guide employees aiming to become chartered physicists.

Find out more about their award-winning advice here