Maxwell’s Angels came 4th in the grand final in London!
Over 300 teams UK-wide took part in this highly competitive challenge, the majority from university business schools. The School of Physics & Astronomy got three teams to the Edinburgh semi-final (one winning best presentation) and this team (mentored by Vicky Clark of The DataLab) to the London final so did Edinburgh proud. It just shows how good our students are – and how studying physics & astronomy can make you capable of doing more than you might think!
M3 Consulting will be hosting open days next week in Edinburgh and Glasgow. These are targeted at STEM students, including physics & astronomy students and are quite tech specific. They will also be advertising their internship and graduate opportunities.
Here is a chance to challenge your thinking on what a career in tech looks like. It is an easy way to get to a range of organisations offering work experience and graduate roles related to tech. There will be Over 50 employers with internships and graduate opportunities and some interesting talks including:
How is tech changing roles across industries? – Speakers will share fantastic examples of how tech is changing industries you might not traditionally think of as tech – agriculture, energy and medicine.
Open to students from all year groups – around half of the 50 + organisations attending will be recruiting students from any discipline, so don’t rule yourself out. They want physics & astronomy students!
It doesn’t matter what stage you are at in your course or in planning your career, you can come along to this fair and find out about options for your future. Find out more here
Sharp Laboratories of Europe has had significant involvement and success in the development of semiconductor laser diodes and laser based optical systems that are used in many products such as image projectors, BluRay disc players and in next generation AR smart glasses. They are now looking for a researcher/engineer to join their device modelling theme located on the Oxford Science Park, Oxford.
PA Consulting is a management consultancy whose Technology Practice is a place where science, technology and market needs meet to think up solutions for some of the most perplexing problems in business. It’s about developing new products, original processes, advanced systems and unique technologies for clients who are often market-leaders. Ultimately, it’s about revolutionising industries by thinking differently, taking a fresh approach and challenging convention. They have a 10-week internship on offer
Working with like-minded scientists and engineers, you’ll take responsibility for vitally important elements of a development project. Very early in your internship you might find yourself getting involved in developing a new medical device, new diagnostics or a new consumer product. You could see a product at any stage from concept through prototype manufacture and even launch.
Arup is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy that offers a really wide rage of services to its clients. A “global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants providing a range of professional services to clients around the world”. This then translates into an interesting range of opportunities and areas for graduates to work in, including building physics, radiation protection and acoustics & vibration.
Find out more about Arup and its opportunities for our students & graduates on MyCareerHub. Check the archive to see what they have offered.
“Careers in risk are incredibly diverse! So rather like saying “I want to work in finance” or “I Want to work in development”, there are so many facets to risk you need to think about what kind of role within this broad sector and what your own skill-set and qualification lends itself to.
To give you an idea, here are some areas covered in a recent event I attended:
Studying Risk (Postgraduate) – Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience, Durham University
Enterprise Risk Management / Business Risk – Durham University
Natural Hazards and Risks – British Geological Survey
Fire & Rescue – Co Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service
Commercial Risk Assurance – RSM
So everything from accounting to fire to aid work, strategic planning, insurance consulting, commercial espionage, earthquakes and terrorism!
Durham MA and MSc courses are highly regarded (MSc is more on the science/eng./geosciences side off risk; MA more on the human/social/political)
BGS are doing a lot of work collaboratively – with UK clients (e.g. Network Rail, Met Office, private clients) and overseas (supporting less developed countries) so ability to work with others, collaborate, plan, cultural awareness etc. important.
Insurance risk consulting is a niche but rapidly growing area of work. Big 4 do it, as does Marsh. An interesting alternative to management consulting.
Security work is increasing with more graduates coming into the profession
Fire and rescue is still not a graduate entry career (except for the non-uniformed parts, e.g. HR, finance etc.) but may well become so.
RSM have an interesting division that looks at risk and forensic accounting in the context of aid projects, overseas development – called in to look for missing money! Interesting work, but only a small team (15) and low turnover of staff – those who love it, love it!”
Matt has written a more detailed resource that is available on MyCareerHub
Our recent PhD Horizons event went very well with around 160 PhD students and research staff attend on the day, and 29 speakers, including the School of Physics and Astronomy’s very own Dr Ross Galloway, talking about his career experience.
We had speaker panels covering areas including policy & research, entrepreneurial, non-academic science, creative industries, professional roles in higher education, academic careers, business & consultancy
Feedback on the day was very positive. Summaries from all speaker panels will be available on our website soon and the summaries from 2017 are still available on the PhD section of our website
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”
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:
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.