Jobs to gain useful experience in astronomy/astrophysics

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Neuromancer_cat
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Hey guys & gals,

a long time lurker here. For a variety of reasons I have failed to secure a PhD position that I wanted this year after finishing my MPhys degree in physics, so I decided to take a year away from studying, regroup, work towards publishing a paper and then come back with full force.

So, given that I need to eat something, I need to find a job for a year. Since I am interested in a PhD in cosmology and a few other areas in astrophysics, I thought it would make sense to find a job that would give me useful experience. Now, my dilemma is such that it's nearly impossible to find a job which would deal directly with cosmology or astrophysics. So my question is whether I should join one of those physics graduate schemes, which would likely not deal with astrophysics directly, but be closer to my field of study, or if I should rather find a job that would give me useful skills (data analysis, machine learning, programming, etc.) without necessary being related to physics? Thanks!

TL;DR: Need to take year off uni, thus need a job that would be useful for a PhD in astrophysics/cosmology. Does anyone know any jobs that would be useful?
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(Original post by Neuromancer_cat)
Hey guys & gals,

a long time lurker here. For a variety of reasons I have failed to secure a PhD position that I wanted this year after finishing my MPhys degree in physics, so I decided to take a year away from studying, regroup, work towards publishing a paper and then come back with full force.

So, given that I need to eat something, I need to find a job for a year. Since I am interested in a PhD in cosmology and a few other areas in astrophysics, I thought it would make sense to find a job that would give me useful experience. Now, my dilemma is such that it's nearly impossible to find a job which would deal directly with cosmology or astrophysics. So my question is whether I should join one of those physics graduate schemes, which would likely not deal with astrophysics directly, but be closer to my field of study, or if I should rather find a job that would give me useful skills (data analysis, machine learning, programming, etc.) without necessary being related to physics? Thanks!

TL;DR: Need to take year off uni, thus need a job that would be useful for a PhD in astrophysics/cosmology. Does anyone know any jobs that would be useful?
Consider applying for a Young Graduate Trainee or Internship position at European Space Agency. It will give you a great exposure to industry and help you decide on the future area of specialism. Typical YGT applications are open in late november and close mid December. Internship positions are open until filled. Contracts are normally 6 month to 1 year long. Having ESA on your resume will open a lot of doors, be it research or industry.
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