Student Resume Physics

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Student Resume Physics

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Who is this resume example for? 

University Student. Science Graduate. Research Intern. Math Student. Academic Mentor/Tutor. Physics Graduate Teaching Assistant. Materials Physicist.

What is it like to study physics?

If you decide to study not only physics but science in general and get a place at a good university, you should be prepared for years of hard work and challenging assessments. However, if you're passionate about physics, a degree from a prestigious school might be the best career step for you. Moreover, you will have a chance to learn from the best industry professionals and might also work on projects which could have a real impact on the world of science. Besides maths, you'll gain extensive knowledge of mechanics, optics, astronomy, statistics, etc., as well. After graduating, you should also be able to use multiple coding languages and possess at least a basic knowledge of computer science.

What can you do with a physics degree?

As mentioned above, a science degree is the best starting point for a career in physics and the portfolio of jobs you could possibly do is very wide. Not only you can work in academia and focus on professional research, but you can also get a job that is not necessarily directly related to your degree even though it might come handy. A few of the roles you should consider include actuary, applications developer, data analyst, operational researcher or patent attorney. The most typical employers of physics graduates are therefore academic institutions, government research organizations, and private engineering companies. On the other hand, you may also decide to move into a career which is completely outside of science. 

How to write your own physics student resume?

1. Focus on your education

As a student, you probably don't have much relevant work experience which would show off your qualities and strengths, and that's completely normal and okay. The recruiters understand that while studying at a university, you do not have enough time to get a job and work 40 hours a week. However, that doesn't mean that your resume doesn't have to be perfect. Just instead of work experience, you should mainly focus on the education section. That being said, you ought to add any academic achievements, extracurricular activities, relevant coursework, and awards to it. You could also consider putting the education section first, right behind the resume summary.

Physics Student Resume Education Section Example

BSc. (Hons) Physics with Space Science and Systems / Syracuse University (09/2013 – 06/2016)

Practical skills gained during my degree

  • Work with others in my degree group, learning hands-on in many cases, the properties of metal, magnetic fields, electric fields, and the electromagnetic spectrum, most notably light.
  • Carry out experiments with accuracy, analyze the results and draw conclusions. I learned new mathematical techniques in order to solve real-world physical problems, e.g. calculus in order to solve quantum mechanical, thermal and statistical problems.

Final year group project

  • The team leader with four colleagues.
  • Utilised group presentation techniques, effective time management.
  • Communicate ideas and difficult concepts effectively, write a report and to work to deadlines.  


2. Include action verbs where possible

You should aim to display yourself as a pro-active individual in your resume. To do this, when describing your accomplishments, skills or work responsibilities, try to always use action verbs, for example, developed, implemented, researched, etc, instead of passive language. These will also help you to portray your experiences in an energetic way.  What's more, they can be added to basically any resume section and will significantly increase your chances of getting hired. Just don't overdo it!

Physics Student Resume Action Verbs Example

  • Utilized independent research skills, reading demanding texts, computer programming, problem-solving and math skills.
  • Setting objectives and deadlines was necessary due to time constraints.
  • Defended the project findings during a presentation in a research conference-style talk. Some of our findings were deemed appropriate for publication in an academic paper.


3. Use a resume example

There are hundreds of resume samples for any position on the Internet, so why not use them to find out how should a  good resume for the job you're applying for look like? Resume example will also help you to determine what information you should include and which should be rather left out. Finally, you can also use a resume template so you don't have to start from scratch.   

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