Hello and welcome to another academic year,
I'm sure many of you will be wondering about the impact of Covid on opportunities for placement, internship and graduate work. The messages we are getting from employers is that most are still planning to recruit students and graduates over the coming year - they see this recruitment as vital to their business, even in turbulent times - however we can expect some changes. In some sectors there are likely to be reductions in the overall numbers they are recruiting and recruitment processes are likely to be all online.
The sectors that many Maths & Physics graduates progress into (Finance, Technology, Science, Professional Services) are likely to continue recruiting in similar numbers as before the pandemic, but don't take that as an excuse to be complacent! The first couple of months of this semester are crucial for those interested in placements and internships with the larger companies. This is going to be a competitive labour market so let's get started!
Big employers are beginning to advertise both types of opportunities now.
Here are some opportunities to look out for...
British Council will be at the fair and Go Global week to talk about their IAESTE internships abroad. This is a great way for final year or penultimate year students to gain relevant work experience. Applications open in a couple of weeks!
Diamond have just launched applications for their 12 month placement programme. Their summer internship programme will open in December.
Cern – Short-term internship (Switzerland)
- BlackRock – Summer Analyst Programme – Financial Markets Advisory (Various)
RB – Lab and non-lab based year in industry placement (Kingston Upon Hull)
Bank of America – Global Research Internship Programmes (Various)
Wednesday 21 October 2-6pm
Thursday 22 October 2-6pm
The Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair is going to take place online this year through a platform called "Graduateland". This platform will match you up with the relevent employers at the event BUT it can only do that if you spend some time creating a profile.
The more information you put in to completing your profile, the better you will stand out to employers. You can also browse employers, watch videos and see current vacancies. The good news is, you only need to complete your profile once and your info will be stored for all future events.
The days of the fair are not split by sector. Each day will have a mix of employers. It makes sense to register for both days and then review your matched employers.
With most of our Careers activity happening online for this semester, you can act from your armchair. Check out the not-to-be-missed events for your diary
In addition to our Virtual Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair other events include:
Private Sector Employer panels:
- 30 September 2020 1-2pm – PwC, Deloitte, First Derivatives and Citi
- 06 October 2020 12-1pm – KPMG, EY, FinTrU, Allstate
Life Sciences Employer panel:
IAESTE worldwide STEM placements - information session:
Go Global Week: 12 - 15 October
There will be a series of online events 12-15 October focused on working and studying abroad. This is an ideal way to find out about undertaking placements or internships abroad. See the Careers Events page for more details.
International Students Employability Programme
A programme of workshops specifically for International students who want to start a career in the UK. See the Careers Events page for more details.
Most of our other Career Development Programmes are currently on hold, but we are hoping to launch some in Semester 2, including the annual Global Leadership Programme. Keep an eye on the Careers Events page for details.
Gradcracker are running a series of webinars over the coming months with organisations such as:
- Morgan Stanley
- Nuclear Graduates
Some students already have a firm career plan, but most are still deciding between options.
In addition to speaking with potential employers at the Fair in October, and other employer events in Semester 1, we are planning to run a Maths and Physics mini fair in February. We'll give you more details closer to the time. This will give you an insight into the type of work that employers have for graduates from your school.
If you are still deciding on your options, read our tips for identifying and exploring career options to help you get started.
If that doesn’t help, you can book an appointment to speak with a Careers Consultant.
Don’t feel that you have to have one career in mind, it’s often more useful to have a shortlist so that you can be flexible with opportunities that arise.
There is information on our website to support you with all elements of recruitment and selection processes. We also have a new automated CV checking service (VMock) and a facility within MyFuture for you to practise video interviews.
Find out how to get credit for your extracurricular activities through Degree Plus. From volunteering to clubs and societies, what you do outside the lecture theatre can make you more employable.
- There is tailored information for you on the Careers website: - Information for Maths & Physics students.
- We also have useful advice on the website about CVs, interviews and psychometric tests.
- If you would like some additional support, you can book an appointment to speak to a Careers Consultant via MyFuture-> Book an appointment. Our appointments take place through MS Teams.