Any student worth their salt will eventually ask themselves the question of what they will end up doing once they graduate. I was walking past the students’ union when I noticed a mini careers’ fair in progress and I was forced to ask the question of myself as to what I’d end up doing a little over two years from now. I spoke to some people, surfed the internet and had a long chat with one of the advisors at the Careers Development Service at the University and I was quite surprised by what I found.
About 40% of graduate Physicists end up in the finance sector! Stocks have nothing to do with Forces, I was seriously confused…
I then stumbled upon a leaflet by Goldman Sachs Bank in which they detailed what skills they required from prospective job applicants for the Banking and Taxation sector. They has written that they gave enormous weightage to numeracy, problem-solving skills, statistics know-how and the ability to write a report. That seemed oddly similar to the degree I was doing and sure enough the next paragraph mentioned how a degree in Banking and Finance was not compulsory and that graduates of Mathematics, Physics, Statistics etc. would have a competitive edge due to the “numerate” nature of their degrees.
I then began to look for the other 60 % and this was divided as follows: 20% IT sector, 10% Engineering,10% Research; 30% other which included a range of destinations like Business, Teaching, Non-graduate Jobs, Further Study. This was game-changing news someone like me who has an interest in multiple fields not limited to Psychology, Computing and Finance. After spending the rest of the day I was fully satisfied that should I desire to go into the above sectors, Physics was more or less ideal by providing a good Mathematics base, including a wide range of real-life problems, giving a good understanding of statistics and also giving adequate attention to formal report writing. I think I’ll probably be in full-time study for a little longer and decide later on what I want to do. Wish me luck:)