The IOP hosts a number of careers showcase evenings every year, and this year’s early bird was the Government Operational Research Service (GORS).
The showcase evenings are a real pleasure to organise, because they bring together employers and potential recruits in a forum that is both informative and supportive. It’s unlike any other careers event because it’s much more focused. There are 20–50 student members in attendance, and between three and 10 employees from one organisation who are keen to engage with what we consider to be the brightest minds in the graduate market.
GORS were especially pleased at the increase in physicists applying and the noise created around their mainstream and faststream applications. Fruzsina Gajdos, who attended last year’s event and now works for GORS, has said she found the careers event invaluable in gaining sound advice and information from her future employers. Fruzsina used this event to really understand the type of candidates that GORS recruitments and what type of information will make her application stand out. She used the networking opportunity to gather further information and advice that enable her to excel in the selection process.
These events not only allow the IOP able to help employers fill their recruitment gap, but they’re also an ideal way for students to really understand the selection and recruitment process.
Feedback is always gathered and used to improve and build on the success of these events, and, as a direct result of them, 90% of the attendees are more confident in the application process, and nearly all students are keen to apply to host companies. We hope to continue that success with our event with TTP in Manchester in May.