Jewish holidays are like buses – you wait a year, then three of them come along at once! Thankfully, they’ve all passed now, so I have time to pick up the blog again.
I’ve just returned from Manchester, where I presented Einstein’s Legacy to the kids at King David High School, and later at their careers evening, tried to convince them to study physics at university. The one question, common to all the students who approached me, was this, “What jobs could I do with physics?”
The irony is that, having finished a decade of physics education, I now find myself seeking employment.
It’s not easy out there right now – there is a dirth of science funding, and physics departments are on their knees. Research positions are at an all time low, and so I’m looking further afield to jobs in engineering, computing and event management.
Thankfully, physics has provided me with an enviable skill set, including problem solving, formal writing, computing and research. In addition, my extracurricular experiences (founding and chairing the University of Birmingham Astrosoc, IoP commitments and outreach work) have provided a valuable human element: I’m not your ordinary boffin. I can talk to people too!
Despite this, the jobs are still thin on the ground. I can only hope that something will come soon from my many applications.
If you have any ideas, or jobs offers, let me know!
Meanwhile, fingers crossed…