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Career guides

From preparing for interview to collaborating with colleagues, our career guides help you put your best foot forward.

Associate member guides

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The physicist’s guide to application forms

What is the key to completing application forms successfully? How do you say what you want to, clearly and concisely? And how should you make the best use of the limited space?

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The physicist’s guide to assessment centres

Rather than asking you to describe how you have behaved, or might behave, in particular situations, an assessment centre puts you into such situations, where your behaviour can be observed directly.

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The physicist’s guide to writing your CV

A CV is a personal marketing document with a focus. It should be written to convince an employer that you are the person whom they want to select for an interview.

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The physicist’s guide to getting the most from a physics degree

This guide is designed to explain the process of moving from your degree into employment or further study, and to help you to achieve your full potential in your career.

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The physicist’s guide to interview techniques

An interview is an opportunity for an employer to assess a candidate’s suitability for a position in a face-to-face meeting.

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Member guides

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Navigating the Funding Landscape

Find out how to identify funders that support physics research in the UK and Ireland and how to successfully apply.

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Collaborations: A Physicist’s Guide to Working in Partnership

Learn about the benefits of broadening your expertise by working with others.

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The physicist’s guide to changing your career

Unpick why you want a career change and read advice to map a route in the right direction.

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The physicist’s guide to raising your profile

Find out how to improve your image, become noticed and attract more opportunities for professional development.

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The physicist’s guide to writing your CV: For members in or seeking employment

Stand out from the crowd with a strong application and CV and learn how to show how your skills and education match a future role.

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New Directions

Hear from Brian Cox why scientists sometimes take the road less travelled and learn how to navigate a change of career.

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Working together: Making the most of mentoring

Learn about the benefits of mentoring and how to make it work for you, in this guide for both mentors and mentees.

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Equilibrium: A Physicist’s Guide to Managing Career Breaks and Achieving Career Balance

Discover how to balance work, family and other interests in our guide on career breaks and flexible working.

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Resilience Toolkit: A Physicist’s Guide to Building and Maintaining Wellbeing

Find out what erodes your capacity to cope and how to build resilience and wellbeing.

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