Student Space Careers Conference 2 & 3 March

The National Student Space Conference is to be held in Scotland for the first time. Taking place on 2 and 3 March in Edinburgh, the event will include companies involved in planned spaceports in Sutherland and Shetland.

This event (co-ordinated this year by Lewis Lappin, the conference’s local co-ordinator and a past president of the university’s Physics and Astronomy Society) has proved so popular it has sold out although they are seeing if more tickets can be released.  Even if you can’t go, it’s a good idea to look and see:

  • who the speakers are and where from (good contacts and/or potential employers)
  • who the sponsors are  (potential employers!)

Details of speakers, sponsors and companies are here

Representatives from US aeronautics giant Lockheed Martin and Edinburgh-based space launch company Skyrora plus Airbus will be there and they are all on MyCareerHub so they are already interested in our students and graduates

Lewis Lappin said:

“I am really excited to be bringing the National Student Space Conference to Edinburgh.

“With a booming industry and plenty of world class research right on our door steps, it is an amazing time to be interested in the space industry.

“I hope this event will help inspire and educate fellow students about the careers opportunities in the space sector.”




IAESTE – more than just a summer placement

Summer experience abroad through IAESTE – great story from one of our science students

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Thanks to Desi Davidkova (4th year, Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management) for this motivational read.

If you are a STEM student interested in getting an international, paid internship in your study field, keep on reading!  I am going to share how thanks to IAESTE I got the opportunity to aid climate change research at a German university and work on the environmental management plans of a mining site in Turkey. Travelling and meeting other international working students were only some of the other benefits.

IAESTE stands for International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. The organization is present in more than 90 countries, supported by student volunteers. In the UK it is directed by the British Council so don’t hesitate to stop at their stall at the next Careers Fair.

I initially learned about IAESTE at the end of my first year. I was not looking for…

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NHS Clinical Scientist Training Programme (STP) 2019 – open for applications

Want to work as an NHS scientist? Good post by my colleague Rachel Taylor as an introduction.

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Rachel Taylor, Careers Consultant, summarises key points about the 2019 NHS England STP recruitment programme.

Applications opened on 9 January for the 2019 intake of the NHS England STP and will close on 8 February.  The STP is a three year postgraduate training programme during which you will be employed by the NHS in a particular specialism of healthcare science.   There are a large number of possible specialisms in a number of different locations within the areas of Clinical Bioinformatics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Physiological Sciences.   Following completion of this programme, you will be eligible to apply for clinical scientist posts.

Getting a place on the programme is tough – on average there are 20 applications per STP place (this varies depending on specialism).  Top tips for your application:

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Making the Most of LinkedIn

New to LinkedIn? This post by one of our Careers Service Assistants (a 3rd year student) is a really good intro.

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Amy, one of our Careers Service Assistants, shares some great advice on how to use LinkedIn effectively.

When I was in first year I didn’t see the point in having a LinkedIn account, after all, surely it was just a social networking site used by professionals? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Now in my third year of my law degree, I’ve used LinkedIn in many ways; to expand my contacts, to advertise my skills, and to search for job opportunities.

linkedin image from pixabay to accompany amy's blog post - use this

So, how exactly does one use LinkedIn? Try following these steps to boost your LinkedIn profile:

A Digital CV

LinkedIn is a great resource for keeping all your experience, qualifications and skills in the one place. Having a LinkedIn profile allows you to check back on all your experience so far, and pull out the relevant pieces for the job you’re applying for.

To utilise this fully, there’s a…

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How I went from a Geography graduate to a Career in the Space Industry

IN advance of the UKSEDS Space conference next March, hosted by the UoE Physics & Astronomy Society, here’s a great blogpost from an Edinburgh graduate now working for Skyrora, a key sponsor of the conference.

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We are delighted to share this guest blog post from recent University of Edinburgh alumnus, Katie Miller. Katie provides a great insight into how her university experience sparked her interest in the space sector.

Looking back, I never imagined that my Geography degree would lead me to working for Skyrora, a company that launches rockets into space. I definitely never thought that, within a year after graduating, I would have secured a role which allows me to travel across Europe to attend conferences, present in front of hundreds of people, and liaise on a daily basis with large government space agencies throughout Europe.

Katie Miller Katie Miller, Business Development Executive, Skyrora

My interest in the space sector began at university while studying a course titled, ‘Remote Sensing and Global Climate Change’. I gained knowledge about the use and importance of satellites in society and how satellites can help monitor situations such as pollution, deforestation and flooding. I even wrote a space proposal…

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Good news for SMEs

Small can be beautiful – good post about working for smaller companies

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There is a huge myth that graduates are only successful if they secure a role on a graduate job scheme as they believe that this is the only route open to them. This is reinforced by a recent survey which indicates that only one-third of 16 to 25 year-olds leaving full-time education had aspirations to work for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). So what are SMEs? The term refers to businesses which have fewer than 250 staff and a turnover of no more than £50 million.

Recent research from Santander Business Banking, suggests that SMEs have generated more than two and a half times as many jobs from 2013 to 2017, compared to larger firms. So, it’s important to realise that graduate schemes are certainly not the only route to success. If this trend of job creation continues at this level, it is predicted that by 2030 SMEs could…

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What is resilience and how can you be more resilient

Setbacks are an inevitable and normal part of life. Being able to cope with them is important in career planning as well as in life generally. Here is a great post from P & G giving some clear points to help

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P&G came on campus recently to talk about resilience as part of our #SkillsforSuccess series of workshops. Careers Consultant Steve Norman passes on their key messages.  

You may be noticing more and more employers talking about resilience and how it’s important in today’s ever-changing workplace.

So what is resilience?  It is the ability to cope with setbacks and bounce back from them.  For P&G that’s important in a work context but it can be applied to any situation.

Here are P&G’s six top tips for being resilient.                

Find your purpose. What is that you want to do? You are more likely to bounce back from setbacks if you are doing something you really want to do.

Choose your attitude towards any challenges – you can decide how to respond or how you feel about it positively or negatively.

Focus on what you can control about the situation. Break things into…

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