Looking Ahead and Career Planning School of Physics BSc and MSci
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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 degreeSignposting to services available from the Careers and Employability Service and relevant careers related resources
3 Here to help! www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers/students Careers appointments for both CVs and guidance15 minute – document check20 minute – advise sessionBook ONLINE on our websiteIndividual 30 minute guidance interviews (after initial 20 minute advice appointment) by referralInformation 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/MathsHigher degrees include:MScNanotechnologyQuantum fields and forcesMathematical PhysicsPGCE – Combined SciencePGCE 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 SkillsInterestsMotivationsFinding out about jobs (occupational awareness)What is available out there?What do they involve?Making decisionsHow can I make the best choice for me?Taking actionWhere are the jobs?When are they advertised?How do I make applications?
7 Skills gained from your degree Technical skillsAnalytical and problem solvingTime management and organisationWritten and oral communicationTeamworkHigh level of numeracy
8 What next for the class of 2011? Typical optionsJob (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 addressesThese websites will direct you to specialist resources:
10 Why Do You Want to Do a PhD? Challenge, achievementLearn something newPersonal development and improvementPassion for subject, always wanted to do itNeed to for careerEnjoyed undergrad or masters projectTalk to academics, visit Departments, talk to currentstudents.We have resources on this available on our websiteand also at the Careers and Employability service.
11 Graduate RecruitmentIt is harder for current graduatesOpportunities are more competitiveSuccessful applicants have done their research and planning. Get organised.Many employers will target uni’s such asNottingham, 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 directUtilities – Eon, British Gas and ExperianDefence – Qinetiq, DSTL, BAE systems and the MODFMCG, 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 websiteGDL – 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/letterOnline tests1st 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. Checktheir 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 LGJobs.com Charities many don’t have graduate schemesCharities/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/letterOnline tests1st 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 websiteGraduate 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 theseNewspapers: such as The GuardianGraduate 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 – 4.00University noticeboards/intranetRecruitment 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 TermSpeak to academics if you intend to take a PhD. See PHD leaflet on Careers websiteApply early for graduate jobsAttend workshops and presentations on campus.