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To say that COVID-19 has changed the way we live would be an understatement. Everything that we once deemed as 'normal', has now been completely flipped on its head and changed in ways that some of us could never imagine.

The pandemic has caused unprecedented upheaval across nearly every industry in the world, with only a few laying exceptions, and as a result, has changed the way that most of these industries operate. From logistical issues such as procurement and distribution to more everyday operations such as opening hours and store layouts, every business has in one way or another felt an immediate impact as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

One area in particular that has brought new challenges to many businesses across the world is that of recruitment. With so many people being made redundant and losing their jobs, many businesses that have managed to remain open have experienced an influx of applications as the job hunt between the unemployed intensifies. However, as a result of the ongoing pandemic, typical recruitment processes that have been successful for so many businesses over the years are now having to be adapted in order to meet government guidelines and rules.

Here, we look at some of the ways in which businesses should be operating in order to make their recruitment processes as effective as possible amidst all of the uncertainty that is going on around the world.

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HRS Awards 2020

Every year, we hold our very own award ceremony to recognise the hard work and achievements of the HRS team. This event is always a great opportunity for the whole company to get together - the 2019 HRS Awards, for example, were held at a rooftop bar in London - and while the coronavirus pandemic necessitated a slightly different approach this time around, we were still able to have a fantastic time.

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who creates vaccines

One way of protecting the population from viruses and diseases is to create vaccines. You've probably had lots of vaccines during your lifetime for things like measles, mumps and rubella. These vaccines are designed to protect you so that if you ever encounter one of these diseases, your body knows how to respond to it quickly!

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines contain parts of a pathogen that's been deactivated so that an immune response occurs in the body. More advanced vaccines contain a blueprint that tells your body how to create the antigen.

Whether the vaccine contains parts of a deactivated pathogen or a blueprint for an antigen, your immune system will respond like it would if it had encountered the real disease!

Once your body has produced the antibodies to defend against the disease, then it makes it much easier for your body to fight the real disease if and when you come into contact with it.

Who created the first vaccine?

Edward Jenner created the first vaccine back in 1796. He inoculated a small boy, 13-years of age, with cowpox which gave him immunity to smallpox! This vaccine was given to so many people throughout the following hundred years that smallpox was eradicated by 1979.

Jenner may not have been around to see the eventual global success of his vaccine, but his contribution to medical science has helped to save hundreds of lives.

Who creates vaccines today?

Nowadays there are thousands of people worldwide who dedicate their lives to developing vaccines to treat diseases. There are people working together to help make the world a safer place.

Vaccine research and development takes place over several years, and the end product needs to be trialled, tested and perfected before it's rolled out to the general public. For this reason, there are a lot of different people who work towards creating vaccines today.

To start with, you will need an educational background in a relevant scientific field. For example, biochemistry, microbiology or pharmacology. Some vaccine creation jobs may even specify masters or doctorate level education. 

Then, you will need to choose an area of specialisation. Some people work in vaccine research & data management while others work in developmental research, clinical trials, production and distribution. There are lots of different ways you can get involved in the production of vaccines if that's the career you'd like to pursue. 

COVID-19 vaccines

At the moment, the world is focused on finding a successful vaccine for COVID-19 so that we can return to our lives as (somewhat) normal. There are universities and laboratories across the globe that are trialling different vaccines in the hope of finding one that stops people from developing COVID-19 symptoms. 

So far, we have seen vaccines from companies like Pfizer and Moderna that show signs of promise, but there are still challenges to overcome before these vaccines can be rolled out to patients. For example, the vaccines need to be stored at a very low temperature and a lot of GP surgeries don't currently have the equipment in place to accommodate that.

A new vaccine is being developed at the University of Oxford which may be easier to store and distribute. Our fingers are crossed that this new vaccine will be a success!

One thing's for sure, jobs in vaccine research and development are more important now than ever before. As long as there are infectious diseases threatening the population, we will need innovative scientists working to create vaccines. If this is an occupation you could see yourself working in, take a look at our current pharmaceutical job vacancies.

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If you have any questions or if you'd like to speak to our recruitment team over the phone, give us a call on +44 (0)203 910 2980.

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White-collar workers have been working from home for decades. Tech giants IBM were installing remote work terminals in employees' homes way back in 1979, long before anyone had ever heard of Zoom calls.

Still, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, it was quite rare to see a business actively encouraging its staff to work from home. That changed this year - in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, businesses all over the UK have now made the switch to remote working.

And for some workers, this has been a very welcome change indeed. Working from home eliminates the need for a daily commute, giving employees more free time in the mornings and evenings; furthermore, a lot of first-time remote workers have found to their surprise that they're more productive when working from home, perhaps because they're no longer distracted by the conversations of their colleagues.

How to Stay Focused Working from Home

However, working from home has its drawbacks as well its advantages. If you're not careful, you may find that your work and your personal life are beginning to bleed into one another - with troublesome ramifications for both sides.

With that in mind, here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance while working from home.

 

Set up a dedicated work space.

Tempting as it may be to stay in bed all day, your work-life balance will suffer if you're spending your work hours and your downtime in the same place.

Try to find a spot where you can sit comfortably, maintain good posture, and work with as few distractions as possible.

Once you've set up your designated work area, try not to use it for anything else. Aim to confine your work to a specific part of your home.

 

Be honest with your colleagues, your clients, and your employer.

If you suspect that working from home will slow you down - either because there are additional distractions at home, or because you're missing a key piece of software or equipment that makes your job easier to do - then don't keep that concern to yourself. It's easy to feel like you need to keep working during your downtime because you didn't get enough done during the day.

Instead of sliding into that harmful mindset, be upfront with everyone you deal with. Make your colleagues and clients aware that you're working from home, and if necessary, explain that you may not be able to complete tasks quite as quickly as you can in the office.

You should also have a conversation with your boss. Make sure their expectations are reasonable, and ask them to provide any equipment you lack - it's your employer's responsibility to give you whatever you need to work effectively from home.

 

During office hours, act like you're at the office.

Many home workers find that, in order to get anything done, they must trick their brains into believing they're actually in the workplace.

If you're looking to replicate the office mindset while working remotely, here are a few suggestions:

  • Dress professionally - don't stay in your pyjamas all day
  • Stick to your usual personal hygiene routine
  • Turn off the TV
  • Keep your workspace clean and tidy
  • Stay off social media and other websites you wouldn't want the boss to catch you browsing

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Ask your family / housemates to leave you alone while you're working.

This may be a difficult conversation to have, especially if you've got children to look after. But where possible, you need to keep your home life from invading your professional life.

So speak to the people who share your home and ask them politely not to bother you over the course of the working day. If your designated work area has a door, keep it closed during office hours (perhaps with a 'Do Not Disturb' notice to deter interruptions).

 

Exercise at the end of each day, immediately after work.

When you clock off for the evening, it's important to draw a line under the working day.

Don't stay at your computer all evening, idly browsing the web while work emails continue to pop up in the corner of your screen; instead, leave your desk and do some exercise to let your body know that work is over and your leisure hours are underway.

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Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, you often hear us describing ourselves as 'life science recruitment consultants' as opposed to typical recruiters within the science and technology industries. We are also often asked what does life science actually mean and why or how is it any better or different to traditional science?

Well, there's a lot to the concept of life science and why we prefer to focus our attention to it and thought we would explain why. So, strap yourselves in and get ready to find out all you need to know about the definition and meaning behind life science! 

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What is the definition of life science?

According to dictionary.com, the definition of life science is 'any science that deals with living organisms, their life processes and their interrelationships, as biology, medicine or ecology.' 

At first, this may seem like a pretty basic and straightforward definition, however, if you begin to break it down you will start to understand just how big the nature behind life science actually is. 

Life science is a huge field of study that examines every single living thing on earth. Whether that's plants, animals, bacteria and even viruses and the ways in which they live their life as well as how they interact with the world and environments around them. As you can imagine, this isn't an easy feat. With an estimated 8.7 million species of animals, 400,00 species of plants and countless forms of virus and bacteria, a lot of work in multiple branches is required.

In total, there are more than 30 different areas of life sciences, each one contributing to our understanding of how the world and all organisms that live here work. Let's take a look at some of the more major areas in life science more closely. 

 

Examples of life science 

 

Epidemiology 

One area of life science that is very relevant to today is that of epidemiology, which is the study of life cycles of diseases. Now, it may seem a little off to think of diseases such as the flu or COVID-19 as being alive but all of these diseases are constructed of tiny living organisms that can and need to be studied in order to gain a greater understanding of how they occur, how they survive and how best to treat and eliminate them. 

Epidemiology specifically looks at how viruses live, how they reproduce, how they impact human and how they die and is the cornerstone of public health. Scientists working within this sector examine outbreak patterns, formalising treatments and cures and developing vaccines which work to tackle them. The more information that epidemiologist know about a particular disease, the more they can do to help prevent them from affecting humans around the globe. This leads us nicely onto another important area of life science, physiology.

 

Physiology 

While other branches of life science focus on organisms as being within their environment such as zoology, physiology is more concerned with how these organisms stay alive. This includes cells, organs and their systems and molecules that run the chemical processes that help to support life. Through the eyes of physiology, we are not seen as people interacting with the world and environments around us but as a very fine makeup of chemical interactions that work to keep us alive.

Physiology looks at every and any form of life, including humans, plants, animals and cells and is also closely tied with pharmacology as well as epidemiology. 

 

Pharmacology

This is the study of drugs and the ways in which they affect living things. Its role is to understand why changes to the body occur when certain medications are taken, allowing us to develop better drugs. Pharmacology plays a crucial role in several areas, including; improving the effectiveness of medicines, decreasing unwanted side effects of medicines and discovering new medicines to help fight novel diseases. 

Pharmacology plays a vital role in the makeup of life science, linking several areas such as chemistry, pathology and physiology together. 

 

Zoology

Mentioned above, zoology is the study of the animal kingdom. Here, characteristics of animals such as their behaviour, breeding, habitats and migration patterns are studied. Zoology also aims to identify new species of animals that have yet to be discovered. Out of the estimated 8.7 million species of animals that are on the planet, we currently only know about 1.2 million of them, meaning there is still a huge amount of work to be done within this area of life science.

As with all other branches of life science, zoology overlaps with more than one discipline, including genetics, palaeontology (the study of dinosaurs) and entomology (the study of insects). Different zoologists study different types of animals including fish, mammals and birds with more than a half-dozen subfields of zoology.

 

Why enter the field of life science?

One of the biggest reasons why people choose to enter life science is down to the sheer depth and breadth of study that is available. With so many areas to choose from, you are sure to find a discipline that catches your interest and no doubt there are areas within that discipline that require further work and research. 

Even those who do not wish to pursue a career within life science, it's still a great idea to study it as it enables us to better understand the world we live in, leading to a greater appreciation of it. Life science reveals all of the wonders within the world, allowing us to understand how everything from humans to plants and cells work to stay alive. Gaining a better understanding of all of these things helps us to feel more connected to the world and people around us.

 

Our life science jobs 

At HRS, we are constantly striving to find the very best talent up and down the country and connecting them with the best scientific organisations, including those that work within life science. So, if you want to pursue a career within one of the many disciplines of life science, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with one of our experienced recruiters today to take the first step! You can also browse our list of science jobs and apply for any relevant life science position that catches your interest. 

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If you would like more information on life science or our life science jobs specifically, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the HRS team today - we'd love to hear from you.