Inspiring the next generation

16 March 2018

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.”

Stuart Smith from Barclays Bank, Hannah Chinnery from The Open University, Marcus Piggott from Ilmor Engineering and Heidi Thiemann from The Open University
Stuart Smith from Barclays Bank, Hannah Chinnery from The Open University, Marcus Piggott from Ilmor Engineering and Heidi Thiemann from The Open University (left to right)

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.

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