The geeks will inherit the world

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 19 November 2015

OK, so you may have missed the bubble but from a career perspective at least it’s still a pretty good time to be a computer geek as cyber security is rarely off the front page.  

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Topics: STEM

Graduate jobs in the alcoholic drink industry

Posted by Julie Carling on 7 October 2015

There's a wide variety of graduate positions on offer within the alcoholic drink industry. The roles available are quite diverse and can suit graduates from vastly different disciplines including science, marketing, finance, arts and horticulture.


While certain skills are useful in every career path, individual talent and experience are always well rewarded.  The industry is very accommodating to recent graduates and there is a strong demand for individuals who are enthusiastic about the products being sold; if you have a passion for wine, beer and/or spirits, you'll do well! 

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Topics: STEM, Business and Finance, career choice, Marketing, Advertising and PR

Exploring a Career as a Web Developer

Posted by Rosalind Kemp on 2 October 2015

If you’re looking for a career that will constantly challenge you to learn new things and commit to solving problems, as well as allowing you to express your creativity whilst being immersed in the fast-paced digital world, then becoming a web developer is something you might want to consider.

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Topics: STEM, career choice

Research and development roles in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech

Posted by Morag Walling on 1 October 2015

Many students dream of working in active science or research and development when they finish studying. Whether you're one of these students or are simply interested in finding out more about this industry, here is some information and activities designed to help guide your next steps.

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Topics: STEM, employability skills, Getting Experience

Exploring Graduate Entry Into Medicine

Posted by Maya Mendiratta on 15 September 2015

Are you a university student or graduate thinking of applying to medicine?

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Topics: STEM, Medicine and Healthcare, Fairs and Events

The Go-To Person - Alternative careers for maths and physics graduates

Posted by Maya Mendiratta on 14 September 2015

I recently attended a conference called “Maths: Beyond the Bank and the Classroom" where several maths graduates employed in different sectors presented alternative careers to finance and teaching for numerate degrees.

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Topics: STEM, career choice

What a STEM Student could get from an Alumni Mentor

Posted by S Donaldson on 29 June 2015

Michael Ezra, Regional Business Manager Western Europe at Biotech Vision Care, graduated in 1989 from Queen Mary University London with a BSc in Molecular Biology.

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Topics: networking, STEM

Sticking up for STEM women

Posted by Rosalind Kemp on 23 June 2015

Studies show that women leave academic research in larger numbers than men, and are poorly represented at higher academic levels. Initiatives like Athena SWAN has been set up to address the problem, but if you're a female researcher there are other sources of support out there for you too. One example is STEM Women.

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Topics: STEM, Diversity

Women in Academia

Posted by Rosalind Kemp on 4 June 2015

The Institute of Physics has recently published a report with the Royal Astronomical Society, Gazing at the Future. Kate Murray, Careers Consultant to the Graduate School, King’s College London attended the launch and is sharing what she learnt with us on Reach:

The report looks at the experiences of male and female physics and astronomy researchers during their PhDs and their expectations of whether or not they will enter academia after the PhD.

The stats in the report make pretty depressing reading: female doctoral students rate the overall experience of their doctorate lower than their male peers; and the proportion of female doctoral students happy with their doctorate is on average 7% lower than for male doctoral students. Only just over 55% of female doctoral students across all years of study agree that they would make good research scientists (70% of male students overall would agree).

Particularly stark was the finding that 48% of female students, in their final year, envisage that they might have a university role in 3-5 years' time, compared with 65% of male students.

The report suggests reasons behind these stats, including the issue of a lack of role models (thus reinforcing unconscious bias amongst recruiters and setting an unconscious bar on ambition on the part of candidates).

It doesn't seem to me, though, that physics and astronomy are particularly alone in these findings. While efforts such as Athena SWAN and the Equality Charter Mark, as well as initiatives by individual universities such as the fantastic photos of female professors in the Strand building, all help to promote academia as a welcoming place for women, the conversations I have with female researchers across all subjects point to structural issues around the competition for grants and working culture that are off-putting. In fairness, they are often off-putting to men looking for work/life balance too.

What to do? Find resilience, set examples, seek good advice, take opportunities. Find a mentor, find a 'supporter' (someone who actively looks for opportunities for you), and don't be pigeon-holed. Think about protecting your self-esteem and promoting your self-confidence. And retain a love for research.

Image (example of simulated data modeled for the CMS particle detector on the Large Hadron Collider) by CERN used under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Topics: STEM, Diversity, Postgraduate study

Why become a Physics Teacher?

Posted by S Donaldson on 19 May 2015
Picture taken from Solarnu, Article by Bryony Wills
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Topics: teaching, STEM

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