Becky King
Being a science apprentice is a rewarding entry to a career in physics.

I’ve always been the type of person that questioned everything around me and physics gave me the answers that I was looking for. After sitting my physics, chemistry, and maths A-levels I started an Advanced Apprenticeship as a Junior Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where I spent 18 months working in two departments: Materials and Quantum Detection. It was at this point that I joined IOP. I felt that IOP has a prestigious status and I wanted to be to be part of a positive and well-respected physics community. Also, the apprenticeship route into science is not a very well recognised one, so having the support and acknowledgement from IOP with the award of RSciTech was a major incentive for me.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship I was offered a permanent position as an Assistant Research Scientist in Quantum Detection before deciding to come to the University of Kent to study a Master’s Degree in Physics which is part sponsored by my company, meaning I get to return to NPL in holiday times as well as after my degree.

The main way IOP has supported my career is through backing of the apprenticeship route and in recognising the Laboratory Associated Techniques qualification when awarding me the RSciTech. This has helped give credibility to my qualifications that has helped me further my education by doing a degree in physics. I have also been to networking events where I made lots of interesting and useful contacts. I also contributed to the discussions for the new membership structure.

The IOP is great place to celebrate and share your love for physics whilst meeting new people and learning new things. 

I love being part of such a well-respected physics community; the inclusivity and recognition really does help bring what is a very wide subject area closer together. I would recommend anyone with any sort of link to physics to join IOP for all its opportunities and potential. The IOP is great place to celebrate and share your love for physics whilst meeting new people and learning new things.