Careers In Biology

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Careers In Biology

  1. 1. Careers in Bioscience
  2. 2. Graduate Recruitment Market • Number of Graduates continues to increase • January 2009 - UK Recession More Graduates + Less Jobs = Greater Competition
  3. 3. Recession – Agent for change? 1) It makes you more creative, consider different careers areas 3) It makes you think harder about what you can offer an employer 5) It stops complacency and creates a sense of urgency 7) It brings you back to the basics - you need a job to pay the bills 9) It forces you to make tough decisions - enter the job market or take further study?
  4. 4. Bioscience Graduates • Hardest hit is those entering business/finance • Starting Salaries continue to increase • Graduate recruitment will not collapse • Science graduates have a set of skills that are favourable to employers • Preparation is key!
  5. 5. Start thinking now! • The Recruitment Process is highly competitive • Finding a job is a professional task • Devote time to research your career
  6. 6. What are employers looking for? • A university degree alone is not enough… Employability Skills
  7. 7. What are soft skills? 5 soft skills that employers look for…
  8. 8. Soft Skills 1) Interpersonal Skills lead, motivate and delegate 2) Team Working The skills to interact in a group situation
  9. 9. Soft Skills 3) Negotiation Skills Obtaining a desired outcome whilst still maintaining successful working relationships 4) Communication Skills ability to communicate ideas to others effectively
  10. 10. Soft Skills 5) Time Management Controlling and using your time as effectively as possible
  11. 11. Activities that develop your soft skills • Work experience • Volunteer work • Duke of Edinburgh Award • Playing in a music band • Playing for a sports team • Writing for a School or College Newspaper
  12. 12. Employability skills and your degree • Analytical • Problem Solving • Self Study • Organisational • IT Skills
  13. 13. What you need to do • Step 1 – Think! Industries? Hours? Environment? Location? • Step 2 – Research • Step 3 – Network • Step 4 – Gather your documents
  14. 14. What are professional bodies? • Membership organisations • Not-for-profit • Royal Charter
  15. 15. What do they do… Support the next generation of professionals
  16. 16. What do they do… Influence government policy
  17. 17. What do they do… Serve the needs of their members
  18. 18. How can we help you? • Commitment to your studiescareer • Careers guidance • Training and development
  19. 19. How we can help you? • Networking • Publications • Letters after your name Adam Timmins AMIBiol
  20. 20. Membership • Stand out from the crowd! • Join your professional body • We can help you: – Research your future career – Network with professional biologists – Develop your CV and cover letter – Find a job All for just £22 per year!
  21. 21. Questions? Membership Information: Careers Information: Adam Timmins Rachel Forsyth membership@iob.org r.forsyth@iob.org www.iob.org

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