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Biology 18.1.2010

  1. 1. The University of Kent Careers Advisory Service Bioscience Careers Bruce Woodcock
  2. 2. Content of Talks <ul><li>Sources of Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Vacation Work </li></ul><ul><li>Timetable for action </li></ul><ul><li>Careers open to bioscience graduates (week 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Applications and interviews for science jobs (week 3) </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate Study (week 4) </li></ul><ul><li>THESE ARE THE FINAL CAREERS TALKS I SHALL BE GIVING YOU! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Location of the Careers Service Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays including vacations. The Careers Web Site www.kent.ac.uk/careers is available 24/7
  4. 4. What can I do with a Kent Bioscience Degree? www.kent.ac.uk/careers/bioscience.htm
  5. 6. SCIENCE JOBS more about these next week! <ul><li>Research & Development </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacologist & Toxicologist </li></ul><ul><li>Science Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Production & Quality Assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Research Associate/Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Information Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Bioinformatics </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Sales Representative </li></ul><ul><li>Patent Examiner </li></ul><ul><li>Patent Agent </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Health Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Author, Science Journalist & Medical Writer </li></ul><ul><li>Doctor </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing & Physiotherapy </li></ul>
  6. 7. Biochemistry/Biology/Biomedical Science <ul><li>All have done MRes. Biotech. at Kent </li></ul><ul><li>All have become Hospital Biomedical Scientists </li></ul><ul><li>All go into industrial research </li></ul><ul><li>BIOLOGISTS also have become food scientists, soil analysts, forensic scientists, joined PHLS, done MSc Medical Microbiology – Liverpool, London School of Tropical Hygiene, MSc Molecular Biology – Imperial, MSc Medical Genetics, PhD Institute of Cancer Research, PhD Immunology </li></ul><ul><li>For details see </li></ul><ul><li>www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/destinations.htm </li></ul>
  7. 8. Biomedical Scientists <ul><li>Work in hospital and related laboratories - Blood Transfusion Service and veterinary laboratories.  </li></ul><ul><li>Provides analytical and advisory services to clinicians and other professionals, </li></ul><ul><li>Training lasts two years - may include secondment on a part-time MSc. </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Biomedical Sciences www.ibms.org </li></ul><ul><li>Health Protection Agency   www.hpa.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>vacancy website www.careerscene.com </li></ul><ul><li>NHS Jobs www.nhsjobs.com </li></ul><ul><li>But must also send CV to local hospitals – not many jobs are advertised! </li></ul><ul><li>Also talk to course lecturers from William Harvey & other local hospitals. </li></ul><ul><li>www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/hospitalsci.htm </li></ul>
  8. 9. One third of graduate jobs accept any degree subject. <ul><li>BECAUSE: </li></ul><ul><li>Learn new skills quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Analyse & solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate well </li></ul><ul><li>Open to new ideas, adaptable and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>“ Managers of change” </li></ul><ul><li>Accountancy </li></ul><ul><li>Banking </li></ul><ul><li>Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing and Sales </li></ul><ul><li>Retailing </li></ul><ul><li>Social Work </li></ul><ul><li>Personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Service </li></ul>26% of Kent Bioscientists get jobs outside science
  9. 11. CHOOSING A CAREER <ul><li>Choosing a Career Booklet - available in Careers Service. </li></ul><ul><li>Prospects Planner : powerful career choice program www.prospects.ac.uk/links/ PPlanner </li></ul>
  10. 12. VACATION WORK <ul><li>www.kent.ac.uk/careers/vacwork.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmaceutical Companies : PFIZER , GSK, ASTRA-ZENECA etc. sometimes offer placements. Usually penultimate year students – apply early! </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital laboratories throughout the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>National Work Experience website www.work-experience.org </li></ul><ul><li>Science Recruitment Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitephar.htm#ScientificRecAgencies </li></ul><ul><li>Speculative CVs to firms in your area </li></ul><ul><li>Vacancy database: </li></ul><ul><li>www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs </li></ul>
  11. 13. STEP www.shellstep.org.uk <ul><li>Eight-week project-based assignments over the summer vacation. </li></ul><ul><li>Project work that will help small and medium sized companies to develop. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 1400 placements all over UK </li></ul><ul><li>Second or penultimate-year undergraduates only </li></ul><ul><li>Given your own project for which you are responsible throughout the placement period. Use your own initiative to perform key tasks for the organisation. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes an induction course covering business procedures, project management and time management. </li></ul><ul><li>£200 per week tax free </li></ul>
  12. 14. If you can’t get a science placement ……… <ul><li>Do something outside science that develops your teamworking/organising/problem-solving skills. e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>BUNAC www.bunac.org.uk Summer work in the USA, Canada, Australia, Jamaica and Ghana: “A work or volunteer abroad adventure has the potential to be one of the most fun, rewarding, exciting and challenging things that you will ever do. You can combine the everyday working life of a country with exciting travel possibilities to some of those destinations you never thought you would reach”. </li></ul>
  13. 15. APPLYING FOR TEACHER TRAINING <ul><li>Tuesday, 2 Feb, 2010 at Keynes Lecture Theatre 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Starting at 13:00 Ending at 14:00 </li></ul><ul><li>The Director of Postgraduate Admissions at Canterbury Christ Church University will talk about applications for PGCE courses and what teacher training institutions look for when selecting students. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions afterwards. If you're at all interested in teaching, don't miss this talk! </li></ul>
  14. 16. EXAMPLE SCIENCE CV <ul><li>www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Employability Skills </li></ul><ul><li>www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillsmenu.htm </li></ul>
  15. 17. SECOND YEAR CAREER PLAN <ul><li>TRY TO GET A GOOD DEGREE. Many employers require an Upper Second degree (2:1/60%) </li></ul><ul><li>PREPARE A HIGH QUALITY CV. It will save you time in your busy final year. Get it checked by the Duty Careers Adviser </li></ul><ul><li>GET WORK EXPERIENCE to add skills to your CV. </li></ul><ul><li>START TO DECIDE WHICH JOB OR POSTGRADUATE STUDY you want to aim for in your final year. </li></ul>
  16. 18. Other points <ul><li>Check you campus emails regularly as I will send you emails on vacation work, careers talks, vacancies etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Get actively involved in university life so you have evidence of teamwork, organising, leadership etc. skills for your CV. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply early in your final year – closing dates are often in the first term Pfizer/GSK typically December. </li></ul>
  17. 19. Bruce Woodcock <ul><li>Deal with all Bioscience students </li></ul><ul><li>Short consultations . Normally on duty TUESDAY MORNINGS (10.30 am - 12.30 pm) and WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOONS (2.00 - 5.00 pm). You don’t need to book an appointment to see me at these times, just ask at the helpdesk in the Careers Service. </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>
  18. 20. The University of Kent Careers Advisory Service

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