Finding First Steps in Life Science

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Finding First Steps in Life Science

  1. 1. Finding First Steps in Life Science
  2. 2. Session Aims • What do Life Science students do • How do I choose
  3. 3. •What will you be doing when you complete your studies? Work Time out Study ????
  4. 4. How will you get there?
  5. 5. Graduates in the Labour Market What do Graduates Do 2013 http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/current_projects_what_do_graduates_do.htm What Do Our (Sussex) Graduates Do http://www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/whatourgraduatesdo Research Past Student Destinations via Linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/edu/?trk=blog
  6. 6. Graduate Distribution UK 2010/11
  7. 7. •Some career options with any degree Accountancy Publishing Administration Civil Service Marketing Computing The City Information Broadcasting Law Conservation Sales Counselling Charities Human Resources Retail Development Banking Social Work Journalism Insurance Police Film Health service Teaching
  8. 8. Using your Degree www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/yourdegree Example Professional Bodies www.rsc.org/careers-jobs/ Royal Society of Chemistry http://www.bps.ac.uk/careers British Pharmacological Society http://www.icr-global.org/ Institute of Clinical Research http://www.ibms.org/ Institute of Biomedical Science http://www.hpc-uk.org/ Health Care Professional Council http://www.sfn.org/careers-and-training/neurojobs-career-center Society for Neuroscience http://www.bna.org.uk/jobs/ British Neuroscience Association Check others for your specialism there are too many to list here!!!
  9. 9. Current interesting opportunities on our website CEC website Science jobsearch Use sector guides for specialist websites E.g. NHS Scientist Training Programme Link Food Science example link Science jobs Example link
  10. 10. Further Study - Research Resources Research further study Further study past students Things to do • • • • Talk to Academics here Talk to Post Graduate students Talk to course providers Talk to Careers Adviser
  11. 11. Career Development Course Careers Choice Cycle 4 GAINING EXPERIENCE 1 SELF APPRAISAL 3 TAKING ACTION 2 EXPLORING OPTIONS
  12. 12. Careers Centre How to choose options Resources We have tools on our website & hand outs in the centre to help with this process! • Self Analysis • What skills do I have
  13. 13. Academic Offer -------------- Portfolio Evidence Personal Destination Work 
  14. 14. Mind Mapping Tool CEC Skills link
  15. 15. Providing Evidence University Academic Offer -------------- Portfolio Evidence Personal Expectation Work 
  16. 16. Creative Approaches- finding contacts Contacts you already have • Friends, family, friends of friends . • Academics • Contacts from past work experience, vacation work Contacts to find •Vacancies advertised in newspapers and on the web. •Use the contact details from the vacancy advert. •Names in journals, magazines, reports, the press. •The phone book and Yellow Pages (www.yell.com ) •Specialist directories and lists of companies •Alumni Careers Network •Linked in – Search facility
  17. 17. Build your experience - Get involved while you are at Sussex Lab work Volunteer (Project V) – wider voluntary www.do-it.org Information interviewing, work shadowing, work experience, internships - Paid work- entry level positions - CEC Getting Experience Page - Learning to Lead 13-14 Leadership Programme
  18. 18. Up and Coming Events Check our Events Page • Careers Fair Wed 6 Nov • 100+ Employers Over half accept any degree • Science related include: Elekta Roche Novo Nordisk Scientifica NHS SC Johnson etc
  19. 19. What next? • • • • • • Reflect on your skills Research the sector & your options Network Build your experience Search for vacancies Write a CV
  20. 20. Taking action How are you going to move forward now? Action plan……..
  21. 21. Need more help? Come into the Careers & Employability Centre Ground Floor Library - Check the website - Book a one-to-one with a Careers Adviser - 01273 678429 cdec Career Development & Employment Centre

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