One of the trickiest things to achieve for those working in
science jobs isn't related to the responsibilities of the role itself - after
all, if you are in such a post, chances are that you are well-qualified. That
thing is achieving the right balance between one's life and work.
Here are our favourite tips on how you can remain
career-centred and productive in a professional capacity without completely
burning yourself out or losing control.
Aim for the right
balance for you
In science jobs, as in other jobs, hours can greatly vary
and different people have different tolerance thresholds. Some of us can work
well into the evenings on consecutive days with relatively little ill-effect -
at least in the short term - while others among us may need to take more
regular time out.
Above all, you should consider whether your current work-life
balance feels good to you, or whether changes should be made in either
Don't get hooked on
That whoosh of adrenaline when you are racing an assignment
deadline can be incredible, making you feel full of energy and ready to do
However, you should never depend on it to fuel you through
one day after another after another, as you will simply end up feeling
stressed, irritable and burned out. Give yourself time to cool down.
Allow others to
lighten the load
Look across the full range of science employment fields and
functions - from pharmacology
and immunology to R&D and quality assurance - and you will find people who
are reluctant to give up responsibilities, despite knowing that they are
Don't allow simple pride to keep you under constant
pressure. Instead, ask your colleagues to take over some of your duties for a
while so that you can take a break.
between home and the workplace
Do you take work home with you? If so, it should hardly be
any surprise that you struggle to keep your work and home lives separate.
The next time you are asked to take on additional
responsibilities outside your job description or tempted to take your laptop
home, consider whether doing so will impinge on your life away from work.
Make the most of the
Even if you can only spare one or two weekends a month for
guilt-free relaxation, do it. Spend your whole Saturday watching TV in bed,
visit a new city or just chill out with family or friends.
Any mode of relaxation like the aforementioned can give you
that breathing space to feel raring to go again once the time comes to return
Whether you are an employer or a candidate, by working with
Hyper Recruitment Solutions as your science recruitment agency, you can remove
so much stress and hassle from your search for new talent or your next exciting