Careers Q&A for Life Scientists

We’re running an event next week for anyone interested in careers for life scientists (which includes all those postgrad scientists in MHS, not just our FLS Masters and PhDs). We’ve got a panel of graduates and postgraduates now working in areas relevant to life sciences who will be answering questions about their careers and the type of work they do :

  • When : Wednesday 29th October, 2008, 2.00-3.00pm
  • Where : Stopford Building, Lecture Theatre 1

It will be pretty much like a mini, “one-panel”, version of the Pathways event (the one we ran in June for researchers). However this one is open to undergrads and Masters as well, although PhDs are also welcome to attend (in fact, there will be a couple of current PhDs on the panel, so you could also chip in from the audience with your own comments on doing postgraduate research).

Currently lined up are representatives from

  • patents
  • pharmaceutical development
  • science communication
  • medical sales
  • NHS clinical science
  • technology transfer
  • business development in life sciences
  • European project management in a clinical research organisation

There’s a good range of people with first degrees, Masters and PhDs amongst the panel, so if you’re a life or medical scientist wondering which career path to follow (or despondent at the lack of life science companies at the recent recruitment fairs*) this one is just for you.

* How To Find Life Science Employers

I know it’s a bit disappointing that we don’t get many life science companies at our autumn fairs. I guess the big pharma’s know that you know who they are, and so they don’t need to attend a generalist fair, and the smaller companies often don’t recruit a year in advance (or can’t afford a stand). We often get more life science companies and agencies attending our summer fairs, which tend to be for jobs to start immediately/soon, so we do know that there are organisations out there who want to recruit life scientists.

If you’re looking for life science recruiters, two good resources to help you target your speculative applications or web searches are :

  • Pharmaceutical recruiters in the UK from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry careers website (the whole website is a great resource for anyone interestes in pharma-related careers).
  • Links to biotechnology and life science companies in the North West of England on the Careers Service regional web pages – and believe me, there are far more than just AZ out there if you’re keen to stay local.