There are a lot of employers about campus at the moment, all wanting to talk to University of Edinburgh students. Traditionally, this ‘milkround’ activity has been directed at students studying for an undergraduate degree but graduate employers are increasingly aware of the growing numbers of postgraduate students who may just have what they are looking for.
Speaking to employers can be a really good way to explore different career opportunities and maybe open your eyes to jobs that you didn’t know existed and certainly didn’t think you’d be interested in! Here’s what one of our PhD graduates had to say about the start of what has turned out to be a very satisfying career for him.
I hadn’t heard of Barrie & Hibbert before I saw a job advert for a junior analyst on the University’s careers website towards the end of my PhD. It came at the right time – while I had decided some time previously that academia wasn’t for me, I still wasn’t sure exactly what I’d do instead, bar a vaguely coherent plan to do something a bit financial.
David Rosenburgh, PhD Physics 2006
So who could you speak to in the month of November? Vodafone, Civil Service (HR Fast Stream), Microsoft and Jardine Matheson are a few of the companies who want to meet University of Edinburgh students. To find out more about who these companies are and what they do, go to the Careers Service employer presentations web pages.
Of course, there are a great many employers who don’t visit the University so you need to be more proactive in finding out what other opportunities exist. You can search for employers in different sectors and geographical regions using the student and graduate employment database, SAGE. The occupations section of the Careers Service website is also really good for finding links to vacancy sites for specific career areas.
If you need a bit of guidance on how to navigate the information then just pop into the Careers Service (Third Floor, Main Library Building, George Square or Weir Building, King’s Buildings) and speak to one of the information team. They’ll be more than happy to help you find what you need.