SEPnet is the South East Physics Network, a network of nine universities in the South East of England, working together to deliver excellence in physics. SEPnet partners have useful careers pages on their websites full of information, advice and relevant resources for physics students.
SEPnet careers information
They also offer Skills Transformer which provides science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students with a structure to help you recognise, write about and talk about your skills. Skills Transformer shows you, through hearing from STEM graduates, why transferable skills are vital to working successfully in science and technical jobs after graduation and why being able to write and talk about them is fundamental to securing a job.
Spend 5 minutes trying out the online Skills Transformer tool and work through the sessions to help you prepare for placement or job application forms and for interviews.
To improve your chances of doing well in job and placement interviews, watch the video clip below. Gil Travish at Adaptix provides tips on how to do well in Skype interviews and explains what he is looking for in a physics graduate
I am running two workshops for physics & astronomy students. All welcome
- Physics CareersLab – Get better at interviews
Got internship, job or PhD interviews coming up? Get some advice and a chance for some low-stress practice.
Monday 4 March, 5pm – 6pm, JCMB 4319B
- Physics CareersLab – Making good use of LinkedIn
Want to learn about making a good profile? Using LinkedIn to help you find out about job roles and vacancies? Get some advice and a chance for some low-stress practice. Bring a device if you can.
Monday 11 March, 5pm – 6pm, JCMB 4319B
Are you going through the assessment process for recruitment?
Due to demand, the Careers Service is offering an additional practice assessment session on Thursday 28 February 9:30-12:00 in the Teaching Studio at Murchison House, KB campus.
It should be live to sign up on MyCareerHub events by the end of this week.
£30,000 tax-free funding available for talented individuals entering physics teacher training in England in the 2016/17 academic year. 150 IOP scholarships will be awarded to the very best individuals who impress the IOP with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching. Find out more and how to apply on the IOP website.
Here’s a heads-up about the assessment process:
These short videos are a great start to get your head round what should or could be in your CV…and what shouldn’t.
Employers may just ask for a CV but most will expect a covering letter to go with the CV. Think of it as a presentation package – the CV is factual, edited highlights about you in relation to the required criteria. You don’t have to tell them everything about everything! The cover letter links to your CV but doesn’t duplicate it. It’s the place to summarise what you can offer and – more importantly – get across your motivation and interest in the job and the organisation. If you can include a cover letter, you should.
For an introduction to cover letters, start with this short podcast. Once you have a draft, get some feedback by booking an appointment on MyCareerHub or coming along to the Physics drop-in service, Thursdays 12 – 1.30 outside Magnet cafe, JCMB