Careers Advice

Joining a Society

Make the most of your time at university by joining (or setting up) a space society at your university.


Many universities have student societies that are related to space. Some will be conveniently named '[University Name] Space Society' or 'AstroSoc'. Others will be Physics or Engineering departmental societies that include space along with lots of other things.

Societies often run projects such as model rocketry, high altitude ballooning, amateur radio, and astronomy, as well as careers events, talks, and social activities like movie nights. Joining a society is a great way to gain useful skills, meet like-minded students and future employers, and gather unique credentials for your CV.

Joining or creating a university society gives you the potential to get experience you won’t be able to gain anywhere else. You can be part of student projects designing rockets and satellites, perhaps as part of competitions only available to UKSEDS affiliated societies such as the Olympus Rover Trials. Additionally, you can choose to run for a society committee role, such as secretary or president, which gives you the opportunity to take responsibility for guiding the society for a year. Being on a society committee provides you with a rewarding experience that also can be highly valued on a CV and cover letter, as well as a fantastic example to use in potential job interviews. 

UKSEDS

Many of these societies are linked together through affiliation with UKSEDS, the national student space society. Societies linked to UKSEDS are known as branches. UKSEDS is in turn linked to other national organisations throughout the world. You can check on the UKSEDS website whether there's a branch at your university. If not, why not start one up yourself? UKSEDS will provide you with all the guidance you need (information regarding this can be found via the above link). If you'd rather not, then you can join UKSEDS as an individual instead. UKSEDS alumni are all over the space sector, from professors of the International Space University to heads of national 

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Joseph Dudley

Joseph studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London, and created SpaceCareers.uk.

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