Science jobs – think outside the laboratory box May 24, 2012Posted by Kirsti Burton in : Science & Engineering, The Careers Group Blogs , trackback
Originally posted at QM Jobs Blog
If you are a student studying a life science degree you are probably aspiring to work within a laboratory after your studies. Why wouldn’t you? That is what a life science degree trains you to do, right? Well that is one option, but, if you think more broadly there are many more alternatives. Just think beyond your laboratory skills and knowledge.
You will have developed your written and spoken communication skills during your degree, especially if you have been involved in some of the many societies in your university. As well as developing a scientific knowledge, you will also have developed the language and jargon that is used in a scientific environment. This language will prove very useful within a scientific organisation.
With this in mind, think about which organisations deal with science and/or life science. These organisations will employ many people, many of whom do not do laboratory research. Your science knowledge and vocabulary will be welcomed in these environments. Jo Brodie, who is a science communicator, has drawn up a comprehensive list of organisations that are associated with science, with links to their job sites.
This site is well worth a look to spark your imagination and encourage you to think beyond laboratory research. Look at the job options, see what skills they require, then think about how you can develop these during your degree!