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Your Degree In Physics – What Next? Darren Johnson Careers Adviser. What Do Physics Graduates Do? Trends in Recruitment Recruitment Cycle Vacancy Sources Applications Postgraduate Study Time Out? Help from Your Careers Service. What Do Physics Graduates Do ?. 2007

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Your Degree In Physics – What Next?Darren JohnsonCareers Adviser

What Do Physics Graduates Do?

Trends in Recruitment

Recruitment Cycle

Vacancy Sources


Postgraduate Study

Time Out?

Help from Your Careers Service

What Do Physics Graduates Do ?


38% further study

40% in employment

The rest taking time out- travel/work overseas etc

Postgraduate Destinations

PhD/MSc Physics/Software Engineering




Meteorology – Reading

Teaching (PGCE)- Durham/Cambridge/Bath/York

Postgraduate Study

Similar or Conversion?

Conversions PGCE apply at by Dec 1st for Primary

Law (GDL/BVC) – apply at by Feb 3rd


PhD Physics related

  • Selectors look for :

  • Competence

  • Enthusiasm for the subject

  • What Contribution you can offer

PhD Physics Related

  • At Durham – make contact with key staff- show enthusiasm

  • A different university- e-mail academics or department administrator to arrange a visit or meeting.

What should you ask a potential supervisor?

  • Goals of research/challenges faced

  • What does a typical week involve?

  • Will you be working solely with supervisor or as part of an academic group?

  • How many other PhD students are there?

  • Take the opportunity to establish a rapport – consider whether you could realistically establish a good working relationship.

Postgraduate Study Websites - USA

Main Areas of Work

Scientific Research



Banking/Professional Services


Other areas

Patent Attorney

Scientific Journalism

More details at


16% growth in graduate vacancies UK

£ 24,000 – median starting salary

28:1 ratio of applicants per job vacancy

Still competitive!

Destinations of Physics Graduates

Scientific Research –

Defence Science Technology Lab (DSTL)


British Nuclear Group

Transport Research Lab

Destinations of Physics Graduates2006/07


I.B.M /Novell

United Utilities


EADS Astruim Ltd

Destinations of Physics Graduates

Consultancy (I.T)



Consultancy (Strategy)


Destinations of Physics Graduates


Analyst – JP Morgan / HSBC


Yorkshire Water

EON (power/gas)

Destinations Physics Graduates

  • Actuary –Ernst & Young/Mercer

  • Patent Attorney- Haseltine

  • Lake/Carmells and Ransford


Destinations of Physics Graduates

Finance - Accounting

Professional Services


The graduate recruitment cycle

Organisations start recruiting from September/October

Interviews from mid – January

Assessment Centres from February

Start work between June + September

Some organisations recruit all year round

Employer Deadlines

Some examples:

Punter Southall – 7th Nov

JP Morgan – 9th Nov

Defence Engineering and Science Group

(DESG) – 11th November

Defence Science Technology Lab- 23/11 and 30/11

British Energy – 5th December

Carpmaels and Ransford – 1st January

Yorkshire Water – 11thth January

NHS Medical Physics (Trainee C/Scientist) –Feb 13th

Sources of Job Vacancies

Employer Presentations

Careers Fairs

Professional Bodies

Trade magazines – New Scientist

Career Directories – Free from CAS

Recruitment Agencies

National/ Local Newspapers


Useful Websites For Job Vacancies


Video – On-Line Applications

Lunchtime talks by CAS. (13th November CM107, 1.15/CVs 20th Nov CM107)

Applications Advice

Employer workshops

Time Out ?

Some schemes have early deadlines

JET – November 30th

Reference books in Overseas work

and study section of CAS.



Employer Events on Campus

Lunchtime talks –CV/Application/Interviews

Psychometric Testing

Assessment Centre Workshops

Applications Advice/Quick Queries

Guidance Consultation

Job Vacancies

Reports and Contacts

Career Fairs

Sign up via CASIGMA

Where Are You At ?

No ideas ? www/

Starting Points

Prospects Planner

My Potential- see

Options with Physics

Careers Advisory Service

49 New Elvet (next to S.U Building)

10am-5pm Term Time

10am-1pm 2.15pm -5pm Vacation

Tel: 0191 334 1430

[email protected]

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