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1 Looking Ahead and Career Planning School of Physics BSc and MSci
Looking Ahead and Career Planning School of Physics BSc and MSci. Finalists

2 This presentation will feature:
An overview of the University of Nottingham’s School of Physics graduate destination data (2010) Options with a science degree Signposting to services available from the Careers and Employability Service and relevant careers related resources

3 Here to help!
Careers appointments for both CVs and guidance 15 minute – document check 20 minute – advise session Book ONLINE on our website Individual 30 minute guidance interviews (after initial 20 minute advice appointment) by referral Information and resources (many resources are free to takeaway) Employer presentations/ professional talks and workshops – see our website for dates

4 Further study for Physics graduates (2010 known data) includes…
PhD Physics/ Astronomy/ Maths Higher degrees include:MSc Nanotechnology Quantum fields and forces Mathematical Physics PGCE – Combined Science PGCE Maths

5 Physics graduates 2010 – known destination data
Physicists Medical Technicians Auditors and Bank Managers IT Consultants Business Analysts and Advertising executives Systems engineer and Patent Examiners Scientific Researchers Secondary Teachers

6 Choosing a Career – It’s a process involving:
Thinking about yourself (self awareness) Your Skills Interests Motivations Finding out about jobs (occupational awareness) What is available out there? What do they involve? Making decisions How can I make the best choice for me? Taking action Where are the jobs? When are they advertised? How do I make applications?

7 Skills gained from your degree
Technical skills Analytical and problem solving Time management and organisation Written and oral communication Teamwork High level of numeracy

8 What next for the class of 2011?
Typical options Job (graduate level?) Or… Further study (PhD? Masters?) Or… A job with p/t further study Or.. A year out to travel/gain experience to apply for following year

9 Useful web addresses These websites will direct you to specialist resources:

10 Why Do You Want to Do a PhD?
Challenge, achievement Learn something new Personal development and improvement Passion for subject, always wanted to do it Need to for career Enjoyed undergrad or masters project Talk to academics, visit Departments, talk to current students. We have resources on this available on our website and also at the Careers and Employability service.

11 Graduate Recruitment It is harder for current graduates Opportunities are more competitive Successful applicants have done their research and planning. Get organised. Many employers will target uni’s such as Nottingham, But you must be proactive to attract potential employers. Employers will always need graduates so stay positive!

12 Scientific related– The Met office, University Hospital, QMC, NHS and Mars.
Electronics and communications – National Grid, BT, IBM, Eon, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, and Logica, Finance- Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and ING direct Utilities – Eon, British Gas and Experian Defence – Qinetiq, DSTL, BAE systems and the MOD FMCG, and Retail- Unilever, P and G, and Tesco

13 ROUTES AND KEY DATES DOCTORAL DEGREES – Speak with academic staff
Studentships are advertised throughout the year. Most begin in the Autumn, however they can start at any time of year. Start looking into this during the Autumn term. MASTERS DEGREES – Apply directly to the university (not UCAS). No official closing dates. Start to make enquiries during autumn term. Some vocational courses like journalism for e.g. are very popular. TEACHING – PGCE – clearing house is the Graduate teacher training registry (GTTR). Early application advised. Do work experience Scheme and get paid! Via TDA web. GTP via TDA website GDL – Graduate diploma in Law – clearing house is the Central Application Board (CAB) and closing date is 1st February

14 Key dates – large employers
BIG EMPLOYERS – key activity is in early Autumn term, deadlines start from November onwards. For some posts, recruitment will continue throughout the year. Online application form with a CV/letter Online tests 1st interview (possibly over the telephone) Assessment centre (possibly including a 2nd interview) Final interview (if not held during the assessment centre). Civil Service Fast Stream deadline will be in November. Check their website for details.

15 Not all employers have graduate schemes
Public sector All jobs are advertised, two months before the start date Vacancies on websites such as local councils, the NHS etc. and Charities many don’t have graduate schemes Charities/PR/Broadcasting etc. Often don’t advertise vacancies. You write to them! SMEs : Will recruit throughout the year in small numbers.

16 Employers will generally expect:
You know about their company and the role you are applying for. Sign up for events via our website. Evidence of certain skills (such as communication, teamwork, commercial awareness etc.) Many base the recruitment activities around these skills. Good language skills - written and verbal so no spelling mistakes! Work experience – especially if it’s relevant. They also like to see other activities such as voluntary work, involvement with a student society etc. A 2:1 will be required for some positions.

17 Typical stages in recruitment for a graduate job in the UK (large employers)
Online application form with a CV/letter Online tests 1st interview (possibly over the telephone) Assessment centre (possibly including a 2nd interview) Final interview (if not held during the assessment centre). We have lots of resources to help with these such as dvds, books to lend, useful websites all on our website!!

18 Sources for graduate opportunities
Our website - mainly targeted vacancies and the IOP website Graduate recruitment websites (for vacancies with large employers) These include: Inside Careers, TargetJobs, Milkround, Prospects, Hobsons Get. Collect directories! See specialist publications e.g. Computing, New Scientist, Marketing week, Environmentjobs. We can direct you to these Newspapers: such as The Guardian Graduate recruitment brochures (free from your School) Graduate job fairs Business Fair 26 Oct EMCC – 3.30 pm and the Law fair on 19 October (same venue) 1 – 4.00 University noticeboards/intranet Recruitment agencies links via careers website

19 What next? Research your ideas thoroughly. We can advise you on relevant resources. Book to review career ideas early in the Autumn Term Speak to academics if you intend to take a PhD. See PHD leaflet on Careers website Apply early for graduate jobs Attend workshops and presentations on campus.


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