Some level-headed advice from the Institute of Physics.
Most people don’t hope to get a 2:2 when they enter university.
Neither are thirds the things that dreams are made of. And with most postgraduate courses and high-powered jobs in research being limited to those with 2:1 and up, you have the right to be a bit miffed. But, on the other hand, the world has by no means ended and you have the rest of your life to live, so what’s your next move?
Read on and take heart!
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Figuring out what’s most important to you when it comes to work isn’t always easy, and that’s where career drivers come in.
Here’s an interesting feature that get you thinking about what matters to you in work you do.
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: http://bit.ly/DOSCS17
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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.
Interesting post by Brandon Rohrer – 6 top tips to get a job in data science.
While I may not agree on the same order – or automatically refusing a job offer – the advice is really sound – and reassuring!
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
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