Go Further - Maths and Physics

  • Go Further - Maths and Physics

Bitesize careers

Any year

Level 1

Get some kind of experience - very few employers offer 'relevant experience' opportunities to first year students (there are a few exceptions below), but any experience e.g. part-time work, voluntary work, involvement in clubs and societies helps to develop your skills in ways that are valued by employers.

  • Think you might be interested in Banking and Finance?
    • Most of the major graduate employers in this sector run "Spring Insight” schemes for first year students. These are a great way to get to know a business and to get fast-tracked into their placement and internship programmes. Examples include: Bank of America Merrill LynchBarclaysBNP ParibasCitiDeloitteDeutsche BankEYGoldman SachsHSBCJP MorganKPMGSchroders. Find others through websites such as RateMyPlacement.
    • Randox Apex programme is targeted at first year students offering work experience throughout your degree. Look out for Randox coming onto campus.
    • Apply for the Stock Market Challenge (usually takes place in late Frebruary/early March. Booking will be via MyFuture)
    • The Bank of England runs an internship scheme for First Year students.
  • Interested in Teaching? Teach First run a Taster Programme for Level 1 students.

Start to think about the long-term - there are more 'relevant experience' opportunties for second year students, but if you don't know what you want to do longer term, it'll be difficult to know which experience is 'relevant' to you. First year is a good time to start to explore your options. If nothing seems of interest in that list, try these 10 tips for identifying and exploring your career options

 

Level 2 / Penultimate Year

Look for relevant work experience:

  • IAESTE - paid work experience abroad for students of Science, Technology and Applied Arts in 2nd year and above. Placements related to degree programme. Application deadline is in autumn.
  • Interested in research? Some research organisations offer internships and sandwich programmes e.g. CERNDiamond (UK Synchrotron), ESRF (The European Synchrotron), Science & Technology Facilities Council
  • FuseNet advertise student internships related to fusion science and technology 
  • Interested in Teaching? Teach First run an Insight Programme for Level 2 / penultimate year students 
  • Large companies in other sectors may offer year-long placements and summer internships. MyFutureRatemyplacementProspectsTargetjobs and Gradcracker are useful sites for finding these. Many of the deadlines are set around December so it’s best to start applying in autumn.
  • Interested in Banking and Finance?

Thinking of postgraduate study abroad? - If you are considering undertaking postgraduate study abroad, it's best to start planning in your penultimate year

Final Year

  • Apply early for graduate schemes and / or postgraduate study.
  • IAESTE - paid work experience abroad for students of Science, Technology and Applied Arts in 2nd year and above. These opportunities are also open to final year students. Application deadline is in autumn.
  • Interested in research? Some research organisations offer summer internships to recent graduates e.g. CERNDiamond (UK Synchrotron), ESRF (The European Synchrotron), Science & Technology Facilities Council. Some of these may be open to final year students.
  • FuseNet advertise student internships related to fusion science and technology. Some of these may be open to final year students.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.

PGT / PGR

PGT:

  • Apply early for graduate schemes
  • IAESTE - paid work experience abroad for students of Science, Technology and Applied Arts in 2nd year and above. These opportunities are also open to PGT students. Application deadline is in autumn.
  • Interested in research? Some research organisations offer summer internships to recent graduates e.g. CERNDiamond (UK Synchrotron), ESRF (The European Synchrotron), Science & Technology Facilities Council. Some of these may be open to PGT students.
  • FuseNet advertise student internships related to fusion science and technology. Some of these may be open to PGT students.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.

PGR: