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Penultimate Physics Career Planning. Darren Johnson Careers Adviser. BE PREPARED. Many Career Options some may require : Postgraduate study Work Experience either paid or unpaid Give yourself time to find out and get experience if required.

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Penultimate physics career planning

Penultimate Physics Career Planning

Darren Johnson

Careers Adviser

Be prepared

Many Career Options some may require :

  • Postgraduate study

  • Work Experience either paid or unpaid

    Give yourself time to find out and get experience if


Getting started with career planning what makes you tick
Getting Started with Career PlanningWhat Makes You Tick?

  • Motivation

  • Interests

  • Personality

  • Values

  • Skills

    Prospects Planner via


    IOP Careers Section

Whats going on event calendar

Make sure you read and attend events of interest this term and next >Students > Forthcoming Career Events

Science engineering i t fair
Science, Engineering & I.T Fair

9th February 2011

12 – 3-30pm

The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics,

Department of Physics

12 – 3-30pm

The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics,

Department of Ph>Students > Forthcoming Career Events > Career Fairs

Employers attending
Employers Attending

  • Army

  • Atkins

  • BAE Systems

  • Cummins

  • Detica Ltd

  • Dstl

  • Jaguar Land Rover

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

  • Lloyd’s Register

  • Metaswitch Networks

  • Ocado

  • OpenBet Ltd

  • RM

  • Scott Logic

  • Thales

  • Waterstons

Discovery event feb 24 th 2011
Discovery Event – Feb 24th 2011

D.S.U Building 12- 2.30pm

Find out about a range of careers , in an informal setting,

previous years have included:

Professional Services Consultancy/Tax/Audit,

Broadcasting/Property Development/Police/Journalism/Public

Relations/Human Resources/Environmental Sustainability/

Arts Administration

Recognising and articulating transferable skills completing applications
Recognising and Articulating Transferable Skills / Completing Applications

PDP – access via “Employability & Skills” tab in duo (

  • Why should I use it?

  • Employers want you to give examples of your skills when you apply for a job and this is a handy way of reviewing and selecting your evidence e.g. your best teamwork example.

  • PDP encourages you to reflect on how well an activity went and what you learnt from it. This kind of self-awareness is exactly what employers are looking for. In fact, many employers will expect you to keep a personal development plan once you are working for them.

  • If you keep your PDP up to date it is a really good way to spot the skills that you maybe haven't had a chance to develop. You can then do something about this to make sure that you will have an example to use by the time you get an interview.

  • If you take time over your PDP you should be able to copy material straight across into application forms or your CV, which will save you lots of time!

Durham award
Durham Award Completing Applications

Durham Award – apply in final year –

 login to duo and look at the Durham Award information under the Home tab to find out how to apply for the Award.

The Durham Guide To Career Planning On-Line

Internships vacation experience early deadline examples
Internships/Vacation Experience- Early Deadline Examples Completing Applications

Scientific Research Related

IAESTE – 10th December

CERN – 26th January 2011

MBDA Missile Systems – 25th Feb 2011

Management Consulting

Mercer – 31st January 2011

Investment banks – from now generally until late January –

Many others, majority of deadlines will go before 31st March 2011 > Students> Vacancies

Other vacation opportunities
Other Vacation Opportunities Completing Applications



Study/Work Abroad – Information Room , CAS

Example destinations of physics graduates
Example Destinations of Physics Graduates Completing Applications

Scientific Research –

Defence Science Technology Lab (DSTL)

British Nuclear Group

Transport Research Lab

Destinations of physics graduates
Destinations of Physics Graduates Completing Applications



United Utilities


EADS Astruim Ltd

Destinations of physics graduates1
Destinations of Physics Graduates Completing Applications

Consultancy (I.T)



Consultancy (Actuarial)


Destinations of physics graduates2
Destinations of Physics Graduates Completing Applications


Analyst – JP Morgan / HSBC


Yorkshire Water

EON (power/gas)

Destinations of physics graduates3
Destinations of Physics Graduates Completing Applications

Finance - Accounting

Professional Services – KPMG/PwC

For most recent examples see:

Employer graduate scheme early deadlines
Employer Graduate Scheme Early Deadlines Completing Applications

Some examples from 2010:

Defence Engineering and Science Group

(DESG) – 11th November

JP Morgan – 9th Nov

Civil Service Fast Stream (MOD/GCHQ) – 30th Nov

British Energy – 28th December

Yorkshire Water – 6th January

Vacation work websites
Vacation Work Websites Completing Applications

Be proactive
Be Proactive ! Completing Applications

  • Visiting Employer Speaker Talks

  • Lunchtime Talks – Interview/CV/Application Forms

  • Practise Assessment Centre Workshops – (Weds)

  • Other Employer Led Skills Sessions - STAR

  • Check CAS website > Students > Events

Careers advisory service
Careers Advisory Service Completing Applications

49 New Elvet (next to D.S.U)

Term Time & Vacations

10am – 1pm 2.15pm – 5pm

Tel: 0191 334 1424/1437