Despite physicists being some of the most sought after and well-paid graduates across the UK, many students and teachers still struggle to answer the question: what can I do with a physics degree? A recent careers event at the Wrenn Academy in Wellingborough tried to give some answers.
Over 100 students and parents from three Wellingborough secondary schools attended a physics careers evening last month. The event was aimed at encouraging young people to take physics further and offered an insight into some of the perhaps unexpected careers that a physics graduate can go into.
Six expert speakers from various industries, including engineering and finance, gave inspiring talks explaining their route from a degree in physics to their chosen career. These presentations were followed by a networking opportunity for the students and parents to ask the experts any questions.
Lauren Ellis, a science teacher at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy and an Ogden Trust Teacher Fellow, attended the event: “Student’s got to see the huge range of opportunities that a physics degree can lead to. The enthusiasm of the speakers spread to the students with many of them talking to each other about the possibilities of following a career in physics. Student feedback was very positive; several students mentioned that they were encouraged to think about studying physics further when they had not been considering it before.”
The event has been a regular feature of the Ogden Wellingborough Partnership calendar. This year it involved GCSE and A-level pupils from Wrenn Academy, Sir Christopher Hatton Academy and Wollaston School.
You can visit the Ogden resources for more careers information in our series of physics careers films.