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    Hi,

    I am a Geophysics grad of 2010 and not been able to get meaningful grad work. Just done a few months temping here and there. I feel like i'm never going to get a proper job and am always going to be doing lame temp jobs/retail work for my whole life.

    Does anyone else feel that due to this recession they will be left behind? I've had a pretty crap two years and i'm starting to feel that i'm never going to get on the career ladder . So worried I've decided to use my savings from the temp job to do a masters for a year in Petroleum Geophysics, hoping it'll give me some vital work experience and hopefully land that elusive job! Not counting on it though!

    Post your stories/views of if you think your life will ever pan out!
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    Just curious, what was you degree? Geography?
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    How would a masters give you vital work experience?
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    I only just graduated in July and I'm already feeling it. Maybe it's because I just got left behind when it came to graduate schemes. In any case, I've been applying for finance & insurance roles for a while now but I'm not getting anywhere. Most places claim to be "filled up", but in reality they probably just didn't like my application. A steady stream of rejection is seeping through...

    Maybe I'm just impatient. I'm sure that me waiting 2 months for an opportunity and you waiting 2 years is a little different! Very sorry if I've offended, but I do see that it's much harder than I ever anticipated. Companies are even rejecting free working grads!
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    (Original post by Dog4444)
    Just curious, what was you degree? Geography?
    geophysics - i'll edit my orig post
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    (Original post by rock_climber86)
    Hi,

    I am a grad of 2010 and not been able to get meaningful grad work. Just done a few months temping here and there. I feel like i'm never going to get a proper job and am always going to be doing lame temp jobs/retail work for my whole life.

    Does anyone else feel that due to this recession they will be left behind? I've had a pretty crap two years and i'm starting to feel that i'm never going to get on the career ladder . So worried I've decided to use my savings from the temp job to do a masters for a year in Petroleum Geophysics, hoping it'll give me some vital work experience and hopefully land that elusive job! Not counting on it though!

    Post your stories/views of if you think your life will ever pan out!
    What do you mean left behind? I went to work for a big company before and I realized companies like that is not for me. Did you do any internship/attachment before?
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    (Original post by mistermeowingtons)
    How would a masters give you vital work experience?
    there is a fair bit of field work involved and i gain lots of experience processing geophysical data. That experience is what i'm missing and i'm hoping with this technical ability it'll make me more employable. :/

    Anyone want to add their own stories instead of disecting my orig post?
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    (Original post by kka25)
    What do you mean left behind? I went to work for a big company before and I realized companies like that is not for me. Did you do any internship/attachment before?
    by "left behind" i mean not leave the cycle of doing non-grad work forever and ever like lame data admin jobs or retail/supermarket stacking shelves :eek:

    god i'd hate to be 50 years old and be stacking shelves in asda or doing data admin for £6.50 an hour or something you know?

    P.S. not been able to get any internships no :/
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    (Original post by kka25)
    What do you mean left behind? I went to work for a big company before and I realized companies like that is not for me. Did you do any internship/attachment before?
    What industry was this and why didn't you like working for a big company?

    Have you gone on to work for a SME then? Are you liking it better?
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    (Original post by wanderlust.xx)
    I only just graduated in July and I'm already feeling it. Maybe it's because I just got left behind when it came to graduate schemes. In any case, I've been applying for finance & insurance roles for a while now but I'm not getting anywhere. Most places claim to be "filled up", but in reality they probably just didn't like my application. A steady stream of rejection is seeping through...

    Maybe I'm just impatient. I'm sure that me waiting 2 months for an opportunity and you waiting 2 years is a little different! Very sorry if I've offended, but I do see that it's much harder than I ever anticipated. Companies are even rejecting free working grads!
    They probably are full up I'm afraid, most finance and insurance companies hire October to March. The very early applications are open for 2013 starts, with most opening in September.

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-I9300
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    I can understand how you feel, although in my case I think I'm sort of choosing to be 'left behind'. I've just graduated (three days ago!) and a lot of my friends are moving into full-time work or doing Master's degrees.

    I know that one day I want to do a Master's too, as I want to pursue a career in interpreting and/or translation; however, I am ready for a break from the world of academia, and there are so many things I want to see and do now, whilst I have no responsibilities or ties to home. So this year I'll be going to France to work for a year; and the following year I'm hoping to go to Colombia. At some point I'd like to spend some time in Asia, and also in Brazil.

    At this rate, I can't see myself having the money or the desire to do the Master's for another five years or so, which is absolutely fine by me...I can't get into my chosen career path without a Master's, and by spending time abroad I am improving my languages skills, so it's not like I'm dossing about. Nevertheless I know that in a couple of years time, I'll probably feel a little bit left behind, too. Try not to worry about it, OP. We are in a difficult time economically, and there's no rush to get into the serious world of work. After all; you'll be working until you're 65...why does it matter if you start at 21, 22, 26, 29...?
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    (Original post by Herr)
    What industry was this and why didn't you like working for a big company?

    Have you gone on to work for a SME then? Are you liking it better?
    The segregation is one of them. But there are others that I won't list here lol. SME... I think I did; and I enjoyed it (less segregation), but I need something that could be invested in the long run as well.
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    (Original post by rock_climber86)
    by "left behind" i mean not leave the cycle of doing non-grad work forever and ever like lame data admin jobs or retail/supermarket stacking shelves :eek:

    god i'd hate to be 50 years old and be stacking shelves in asda or doing data admin for £6.50 an hour or something you know?

    P.S. not been able to get any internships no :/
    I know what you mean :/
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    Ok, first off, there are LOTS OF JOBS IN GEOPHYSICS! If you're saving for the Imperial course, I suggest you apply NOW because they also offer a lot of scholarships. I did the geophysics masters last year, applied in July, and was offered a full scholarship plus living allowance. If you're not up for an MSc straight away, I suggest you get on to applying to survey/processing service companies. Bigger companies include PGS, CGG Veritas, Fugro and WesternGeco, and, unlike the oil and gas majors, don't require/'prefer' an MSc. I used to work offshore for a survey contractor, and post MSc I work in gas exploration. You are correct about the MSc making a big difference though - the Imperial and Leeds courses are very industry focussed, and get a lot of attention/money from the bigger companies (not just oil and gas majors, but consultancies and service companies too). If you want to message me for any more geophysics spiel, please feel free!
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    (Original post by mistermeowingtons)
    How would a masters give you vital work experience?
    You get lengthy placements in industry in many of them.
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    (Original post by dusk)
    Ok, first off, there are LOTS OF JOBS IN GEOPHYSICS! If you're saving for the Imperial course, I suggest you apply NOW because they also offer a lot of scholarships. I did the geophysics masters last year, applied in July, and was offered a full scholarship plus living allowance. If you're not up for an MSc straight away, I suggest you get on to applying to survey/processing service companies. Bigger companies include PGS, CGG Veritas, Fugro and WesternGeco, and, unlike the oil and gas majors, don't require/'prefer' an MSc. I used to work offshore for a survey contractor, and post MSc I work in gas exploration. You are correct about the MSc making a big difference though - the Imperial and Leeds courses are very industry focussed, and get a lot of attention/money from the bigger companies (not just oil and gas majors, but consultancies and service companies too). If you want to message me for any more geophysics spiel, please feel free!
    Looks like you had some experience in the industry before you went onto do the masters. Lucky you! . Every company I try/write to asking if i could do work shadow/internship just ignores me. I've kind of given up on getting something for this summer. I've got the place for this summer but was rejected for the scholarship. Applied for the pesgb one and hope i get it else this year is going to be a bitch to fund! Did you enjoy the course?
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    The course is interesting, with some great lecturers, but intense - abandon any ideas of leisurely weekends! We stick it for a year cos it is only a year and it is worth it!
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    (Original post by rock_climber86)
    god i'd hate to be 50 years old and be stacking shelves in asda or doing data admin for £6.50 an hour or something you know?
    It's not so bad
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    I'm in Spain at the moment and it's much worse here. 50% youth unemployment. I hope the recession won't last forever.

    Also, I have a question. When the recession goes and there is an economic boom, will University degrees be as desired as they are now?
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    (Original post by thegaffer91)
    They probably are full up I'm afraid, most finance and insurance companies hire October to March. The very early applications are open for 2013 starts, with most opening in September.
    I find it extremely frustrating. I know that it's a little too late to examine what went wrong or to point the finger at others, but even though my careers service hinted at the prospect of a graduate scheme, none actually told us, "If you don't apply now, you'll be unemployed come September". I don't think it hit anyone while we were in our final year - exams were the priority, when it should have been grad schemes.

    Everyone had the wrong end of the stick. "Get a first and you'll get a job" was a sentence that was so overused that I can't believe how so many of us managed to fall for it.

    There really should be far more done to a) allow graduates into work without this yearly recruitment drive and b) to get them to understand that academic grades count for little to squat in the real world! Many still don't understand and it really does destroy lives.

    /rant

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