Careers Scholarship Summer Programme 2017

It was great to work with some of the students doing project placements as part of this programme.  It’s a competitive programme open to students in later years of their BSc or MPhys.

This year I offered two sessions. The first one was co-delivered with Ross Galloway, the academic in the School whose remits includes this programme. This was to prepare students for their placements (academic & industry), address any questions and concerns and help them move confidently into their project placements.

The second one today was to help students  reflect on what they did, what went well, what went less well, how they coped with the challenges and how it might influence future career plans.

Importantly, it was also about  how to present what they gained from doing the project. There was lots of animated discussion, constructive peer feedback and hopefully everyone felt a lot more confident  about how to talk about their project and what it means they can do.

I also think those in the group today will do a much better job at the end-of-placement presentation event as well as in future applications, interviews and networking events.

Big win for the School of Physics – 3rd place out of 300 UK university teams

IBM UBC final all 5The IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC) Worldwide is the world’s longest established undergraduate simulation-based competition designed to develop employability and enterprise skills and starts with 300 teams across the UK.

Facilitated by Susan Bird (Careers Consultant, School of Physics & Astronomy), the School submitted two teams, one team making the semi-final in Edinburgh. After a keynote introduction from Shelagh Green, (Director, Careers Service), the teams did a series of intensive, timed business simulations culminating in a 60 second innovation pitch.

The Physics undergraduate team – students Imran Marwat (team leader), Fidel Elie, Ziyi Zhang, Adamos Spanashis and Brandon Christman – not only won 2nd place at the semi-final – but also won Best Business Idea on the day, beating 19 teams from other UK universities.

The School funded the team’s travel & accommodation expenses to the London final, the team was mentored by Mike Ross from Standard Life Investments & supported by the Careers Service – a good example of how we work with Schools & industry partners to support the employability and professional development of our science students.

The UoE team of physicists went on to win third place in the final gaining a prize of £250 and beating a number of business teams from universities across the UK.  A real coup for the School of Physics & the University of Edinburgh.

Here’s how team member Ziyi Zhang reflected on the Challenge:

“Thank you for being at the competition and supporting us throughout this experience. I realized studying physics not only made us “book smart” but also taught us critical and logical thinking which can be applied beyond academics.

Combined with creativity and hard work, physicists can be successful in any field of our interest. We should all branch out to areas outside of our textbook, and explore our hidden potential.”

Featured employer: M Squared & opportunities in photonics & quantum technology

Meet award-winning photonics technology company M Squared at this exclusive careers event at its Glasgow headquarters on Thursday 30 March 2017, 5–8 pm.

Working with a company such as M Squared presents a unique opportunity to draw upon your knowledge as a scientist.

  • Collaborate with world-leading researchers as a scientific specialist, create world-class laser systems with its manufacturing team, or develop new applications within M Squared’s Innovation Group.
  • Learn about the advances the company is making in quantum technology, biophotonics and chemical sensing.
  • Develop a broader understanding of what it’s like working with one of the UK’s most innovative companies

This event is being held at M Squared’s headquarters in Glasgow: M Squared, Venture Building, 1 Kelvin Campus, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow G20 0SP.//

This event is free to attend.  Book Now https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1082/home

HIGHLIGHTS*

  • Take a tour of M Squared’s headquarters in Glasgow
  • Talk one-to-one with M Squared staff
  • Gain insight into the wealth of career opportunities available with the company worldwide
  • Discover the skills you’ll need to include on your application form/CV
  • Get practical advice and information to help you with interviews or assessment days

*ABOUT M SQUARED*

Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies, M Squared is a leading developer of photonics and quantum technology.

The company designs and manufactures advanced laser platforms that underpin the groundbreaking work being carried out by Nobel Prize-winning scientists, the world’s leading universities and innovative businesses. Its pioneering R&D work is also making a direct impact in sectors as diverse as healthcare, food and drink, security and defence, with new applications aimed at diagnosing Alzheimer’s, searching for cures for cancer and detecting chemical weapons.

M Squared’s contribution to scientific discovery has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and the Institute of Physics Innovation Award. M Squared’s excellence in innovation has also been recognised by Deloitte Technology Fast 50, The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and Export Track 100, The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards (Innovation) and the Amazon Growing Business Awards (Innovation).

Founded in Glasgow, M Squared has offices throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, serving its international customer base. The company’s talented team includes more than 85 scientists, engineers and software developers as well as commercial experts; over 90% of its staff are educated to degree level or above.

Success for UoE Undergrad Physics team

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The IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC) Worldwide is the world’s longest established and leading undergraduate simulation-based competition designed to develop employability and enterprise skills. Supported by the UK’s leading universities and graduate employers, over 25,000 students have benefited from taking part in the UBC Worldwide Challenge since 1998.

Brokered by the Careers Service and facilitated by Susan Bird, link Careers Consultant for the School of Physics, the School submitted two teams, one team making it through to the IBM UBC semi-final in Edinburgh on 3rd March.  After a keynote introduction from Shelagh Green, Director of the Careers Service, the teams did a series of intensive, timed business simulations culminating in a 60 second innovation pitch.

I am proud to announce huge congratulations to the Physics team – students Imran Marwat, Fidel Elie, Ziyi Zhang, Adamos Spanashis and Brandon Christman – who not only won 2nd place at the semi-final – and a guaranteed place in the final in London on March 24th – but also won Best Business Idea on the day – beating 19 other teams from other UK universities.  The Physics team were also the only team on time with their 60 second pitch.

In recognition of the achievement, the School is funding the team’s travel and accommodation expenses to the final in London. The team is being mentored by Mike Ross from Standard Life Investments and supported by Susan Bird, the link Careers Consultant for the School of Physics – a good example of how the Careers Service works with Schools & industry partners to support the employability and professional development of our science students.

Here’s how team member Ziyi Zhang reflected on the Challenge:

 “Thank you for being at the competition and supporting us throughout this experience. I realized studying physics not only made us “book smart” but also taught us critical and logical thinking which can be applied beyond academics. Combined with creativity and hard work, physicists can be successful in any field of our interest. I have met some of the most talented people in physics, and we should all branch out to areas outside of our textbook, and explore our hidden potential.”

We wish them luck for the final in London!

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Volunteering opportunities with the Royal Meteorological Society

The Scottish Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society meets in the Geography Building on Drummond St once a month during the autumn & winter, with a guest lecture each time. They need volunteer ‘Student Ambassadors’ to help with maintaining the branches’ website and to live tweet during lectures as well as potential for more if you are interested.

Volunteering as a Student Ambassador helps promote meteorology as a science, profession and interest, while improving your employability skills and boosting your CV.

The post is totally flexible around your academic studies and you will  get free Student Membership with the Royal Meteorological Society.

They ask that you commit around 2-3 hours each month. Closing date 1 May.

Please see attached for the RMetS Student Ambassador leaflet, which explains more about the Ambassador role and how to apply.

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Physics in business: from swimwear to Game of Thrones

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“In the future, there is the possibility of using new 2D materials where once there was carbon-fibre, using sensors and magnetic fields to improve goal-line technology, and employing laser scanning to improve swimming techniques.”
“The speed & simplicity of supermarket checkouts can mean that it’s easy to forget that they depend on the application of sophisticated laser equipment & high-tech optics.”
“For visual effects company BlueBolt – whose film and TV credits include Game of Thrones and Skyfall – knowledge of real-world physics informs a lot of decisions about how things look.”
If you want to know about how physics relates to different business sectors, the Institute of Physics (IOP) has a great series of resources to introduce you.  From areas as diverse as:
  • visual special effects (VFX) to sports equipment & technology
  • transport to touchscreens
  • supermarkets to computer games

the PhysicsWorks series is an easy and interesting read to understand how physics is applied in these very different areas.

To explore these sectors more, use the Occupations links on the Careers Service website.

Summer placements with DESY

DESY is one of the world‘s leading accelerator centers for investigating the structure of matter. DESY develops and builds large particle accelerators and conducts research in the fields of photon science and particle physics. The research facilities of DESY are used by a large international community of scientists.

Each summer DESY offers students in physics or related natural science disciplines the opportunity to participate in its research activities. About 100 students from
all over the world take part in DESY’s research and attend the lecture program.

Find out more here

Application Deadline is 31 January, 2017.

An internship – why should I bother?

Good post from my colleague Jane Challinor, Information Manager, about internships and work experience.

The Careers Service Blog

On Day 2 of #ExperienceWorks, here’s some food for thought from the latest annual survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

Why do a formal summer internship?  Well, agreed, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea – and for some graduate roles these structured programmes don’t even exist (there are other ways of getting experience instead*). But if you’re in your third or penultimate year of study and any of the following apply to you:

  1. Hoping to work in (for example) finance, marketing, business, engineering, IT, law, HR
  2. Wanting to build, in perhaps a more formal environment, upon the work experience you already have
  3. Open to the idea that trying something out is the best way of testing whether it’s right for you

…then you should consider applying for a summer internship.

Want to see the stats?

According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) almost three-quarters of graduate employers…

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