What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?
What advice do you have for older workers?
What advice do you have for school leavers?
If science excites you, studying physics at third level gives you an enormous range of options. You won’t be tied to a specific career but rather can take the time to develop your specific interests.
Your numerical, analytical and team working skills will increase significantly – all areas which are in high demand from employers. Take a look at the Institute of Physics in Ireland web site for more details on careers in this area.
What advice do you have for graduates?
There are good opportunities for graduates in areas such as electronics, computer hard ware manufacture and software design. Employers ranges from large multi-nationals such as Intel, Hewlett Packard and Medtronics to small companies often in a start up phase in areas such as medical devices, telecommunications or computer animation/gaming.
Consider taking a postgraduate degree. This can significantly increase your earning power. This can be done immediately after your first degree or you can work for a few years and then come back to your studies. Some companies will fund or facilitate additional learning.
What advice do you have for career changers?
Evaluate your own strengths. Consider do you need a short course on some area of technology which interests you? Members of the Institute of Physics can get one-to-one advice from trained careers counsellors with expertise on the physics sector.