By Margaret Harris
In a typical month, the careers section of Physics World features the stories of two different physicists: one who is working in a physics-related field (such as engineering or teaching), and another who decided to do something totally different (such as designing sailboats or running a winery).
I find these stories endlessly fascinating, and when I was Physics World’s careers editor, I loved sharing them with the wider physics community. But the section isn’t there just to add human interest. It’s also giving current students (and later-career physicists seeking a change) a better idea of what they could do with their physics knowledge in the workplace.
After talking to students and careers professionals, I realized that publishing two stories in the magazine once a month wasn’t really the ideal way of doing this – at least, not for readers who are actively looking for careers ideas, and who might therefore prefer to learn about lots of different options at once.
So with these readers in mind, we’ve come up with a brand-new publication for 2017. The first edition of Physics World Careers contains a selection of the best articles published in the magazine’s careers section last year, plus an extensive employer directory.
Inside, you can read about the experiences of physics graduates working in defence, medicine, manufacturing, science policy and many other areas. You’ll also get some handy tips about putting together a CV, finding research internships and running a student science conference. And best of all, you’ll find specific, relevant information about companies interested in hiring people who have the technical and problem-solving skills that a physics degree provides – skills that, as the Institute of Physics president Roy Sambles reminds us in the publication’s foreword, are needed in a wide variety of fields.
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