For many people in the UK and around the world, 2020 has been a year to forget. The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic has literally caused the world to stop and re-think everything that we would consider as 'normal'.

The way that we went about our daily lives has had to have an instant change. From how we interact with friends and family, our views on personal hygiene and how we behave with our surroundings. Not only have these things impacted how we live but how we work. 

As a result of the sudden disruption caused by COVID-19, businesses have had to totally readjust to new ways of operating, with many having to spend incredible amounts of money to adapt to health measures put into place by the government or even having to let a number of their employees go due to uncertainties. 

To help alleviate the stress felt by businesses in the UK, particularly when it comes to staff, the UK government introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also known as furlough. This scheme enabled organisations to temporarily lay off their staff while they readjust to a new business environment, with 80% of wages being covered up to £2,500 a month.

The time that employees were placed on furlough, however, was and is down to the employer, with some workers being out of work for months. With the easing of restrictions and businesses able to adapt, workers gradually began to be recalled to work but just like every other aspect of life since COVID appeared, things at the workplace may not be as they once were. 

If you are returning to work after furlough, read on to find out how you can make the transition back into working life a smoother one. 

 

 

Get into a routine 

If you were one of the many workers placed on furlough for a number of months, the chances of following a daily regular routine are pretty low. With nothing really to focus your day around, the opportunity to stay in bed or snuggle up on the sofa may have been too good to pass up.

Therefore, if you are transitioning back into work, whether that's going back to the office or working from home, it is vital that you try to get into a regular routine again. To start, try going to bed and waking up at a specific time, this will give you a basis to work from and will make further changes easier. 

 

Talk to the people around you 

As a result of being placed on furlough, you may have had little to no communication with your colleagues or managers, except for finding out when you'd be returning to work.

By communication with these people, you may begin to feel more comfortable with new working conditions as well as getting rid of any worries that you have about returning to work after furlough. 

A great way to do this is to set up a 'return to work' meeting with your employer where you can be honest and open about any concerns you may have and find out the ways that they plan to support and help you.

 

Consider being flexible 

To go from not working at all for months on end to suddenly being thrust back into a working environment on a full-time basis may be too much for some people to handle. As a result, why not talk to your employer about flexibility options and whether your return can be based on a flexible schedule until you get back up to speed.  

This can be done through reduced hours, having different start and finish times or being offered a staggered return. Having these options may go a long way in making you feel more comfortable with a return to employment.

 

Care for your mental health 

Being away from work for a prolonged period of time may cause you to feel anxious about going back, especially when it comes to your performance levels. 

You may begin to worry that as a result of being placed on furlough, you're not going to be able to perform to the same standards as before. This may have a knock-on effect on your levels of motivation also. If these feelings sound familiar, a number of exercises exist, such as mindfulness meditation, that can help your mental state and ease the worries you have. 

 

If you are one of the millions of UK workers that are having to go back to work after furlough and are worried about how you are going to cope, following the above tips will go a long way in making the transition a far easier one. 

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To the average person, a typical science job would involve standing around a lab in coats, looking into a microscope, playing with test tubes and staring at a screen all day long. While that may be true for some positions within the scientific community, not all are like this, with some allowing plenty of out-of-the-lab work.

It may come as a surprise to you but there are several science roles that require the worker to travel around from place to place. So, if you're someone who loves both science and travel and would like to find a position that combines your two passions, here is a list of the science jobs that you should be looking out for. 

 

Jobs involving science and travel 

There are many science-based positions that involve various travel requirements across several different areas within the science community. Here are some of the most popular.

 

Epidemiologists 

If you hadn't heard of epidemiology before 2020, you most certainly would have at one point or another during this year. Epidemiologists are public health scientists who study the causes and patterns of human diseases and injuries. A position that has become very relevant and prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic. An epidemiologist can travel to various locations around the world, not just in the country that they are based in, to carry out studies and collect data that will help to understand new and potential infectious diseases. Once they have gathered and analysed their data, epidemiologists often take part in developing programmes that aim to educate the public about the diseases they have studied. This may result in even more travel.

  • Salary - £24k - £100k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri
  • Qualifications - Postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) in epidemiology or related subject

 

Zoologists

A zoologist is a person that studies different species or groups of animals in order to understand their behaviours, social interactions, environments and physical characteristics. Often, they perform their studies within a particular habitat, which requires then to travel to that location wherever it may be. They use the data that they have collected to analyse and predict various factors concerning a particular species as well as aiding any conservation efforts.

  • Salary - £18k - £45k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri - Hours can vary depending on studies, including weekend work.
  • Qualifications - Degree within a relevant subject such as zoology or biology.

 

Environmental Scientists 

These scientists work to protect the environment and rectify any hazards that they may come across, which more often than not will require them to travel to various locations to carry out fieldwork and monitor certain conditions. This involves taking samples of air, soil and water back to the lab to test for any contamination that may be present. Further travel may be required once they have their results so they can share their findings with others. Read our blog to learn more about environmental scientists.

  • Salary - £18k - £40k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri - Hours can vary depending on studies, including weekend work.
  • Qualifications - Degree within a relevant subject such as environmental science or environmental engineering.

 

Anthropologists 

Anthropologists work within the realm of social science as they concern themselves with the study of various cultures and human behaviour. They can often be found within dig sites conducting field studies and excavations learning about the origins and history of humans as well as other populations. Their studies are analysed and presented to others which may influence policies and programmes that impact different cultures. This may require them to travel to various places around the world. 

  • Salary - £20k - £80k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri - Hours can vary depending on studies, including weekend work.
  • Qualifications - Degree within a relevant subject such as social sciences followed by a postgraduate degree in anthropology  

 

And there you have it, some of the best science jobs that allow you to travel. There are more roles that combine both science and travel, so if any of the above do not immediately stand out to you, don't worry, there are others! If, however, any of the above roles interest you, you can find vacancies within these sectors right here at HRS. Click below to browse our full list of science jobs that we are recruiting for.

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If you can't find the role you're looking for, don't worry, we can help! You can get in touch with a member of the Hyper Recruitment Solutions team today for further guidance in finding a science job that allows you to travel.

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If a good opportunity for career progression just came up or you're simply sick of your current workplace, then you might have thought about leaving your job in search of greener pastures. Deciding to resign is a life-changing decision that will alter how the next few years of your life will look.

There are lots of reasons for leaving a job and some things can be resolved so that you don't need to walk away completely. In our blog - Should I Change Jobs? - we explored a lot of the most common reasons in a lot of detail. So, rather than going over the if's and but's on whether you should resign, we're going for focus on how you resign in a professional way.

 

Leave your old job on good terms

Very little good comes from quitting your job in a fit of rage. Not only is it unprofessional, but it can also burn bridges that might be useful to you later down the line. You might, for example, need a reference for a new job or (by some stroke of luck) end up bumping into your old boss in a professional context later down the line. Either way, your boss has put time, money and resources into your career development, and whether you're the best of friends or not, you owe it to him/her to leave respectfully.

 

Have a plan for what happens next

Leaving your job without thinking ahead can leave you at a loose end. Some people leave their job with another one lined up already, in this scenario, you should have a seamless transition between jobs and not have to worry about filling your time in between.

Other people might be leaving work to study or to go abroad, if these are options your considering, we'd highly recommend getting the plans and funding in place before you hand in your notice. You don't want to leave your job and find out your plans for the next year or two won't come to fruition. 

If you're really daring (or really fed up) you might want to leave your job without contemplating your next move. Taking a leap of faith can work out in your favour if you're lucky, but we'd always recommend a more cautious and methodical approach if you don't want to find yourself in a sticky situation!

 

Talking to your boss/manager

Once you've decided to leave your job, it's time to prepare yourself for a chat with your boss. Resignation meetings are daunting and you'll probably be nervous. We'd recommend preparing what you'd like to say and trying to stick to it, this will help you avoid unwanted questions and will guarantee that you say everything you feel necessary. 

Be prepared, if your boss isn't expecting you to leave they might be a little shocked, they might even take the new badly and jump on the defensive. Try to diffuse the situation by being professional and staying calm. That being said, most bosses understand that people leave jobs and you can bet you're not the first person who's handed in their resignation.

 

Handing in an official letter of resignation

When you leave a job, it's customary to hand in a written letter of resignation that your boss can keep on file. Your letter of resignation doesn't need to be long, it just needs to include your name, a statement about your decision to leave, when your notice is effective from and also a signature.

If you'd like to, you can include a short positive message, thanking your boss for their support during the course of your employment. Of course, if you're leaving because you're unhappy, you might want to omit this. One thing's for sure, you shouldn't use your resignation letter to air your grievances about the place of work, your colleagues or the way the business is run!

 

Working your notice period

Although you might feel ready to grab your stuff and head home immediately after handing in your resignation, most workplaces will require you to work a notice period. This could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Yes, it might be a little awkward at work now that the cat's out of the bag, but hopefully, you'll be able to tie off all the loose ends and look forward to starting your next adventure. 

While you're working your notice period, your boss is likely to start advertising for your replacement. Don't be surprised if the attention is no longer on you and your career prospects during this period, your boss is more than likely pre-occupied thinking about their next move for the business.

 

Things you should do on your last day at work

Congratulations, you've successfully made it to your last day at your old job. You're probably feeling a mixture of emotions. The excitement that you're about to embark on something new, and the sadness that you're leaving your colleagues and work practices behind. This is a pivotal moment in your life, you're finishing one chapter and moving on to the next. So, what should you do on your very last day?

  • Make sure you have contact details for colleagues you want to stay in touch with.
  • Ensure that all the paperwork has been sorted out with HR.
  • Ask for a letter of recommendation from your manager that you can take to interviews in the future.
  • Clean and tidy your workspace, including wiping content and personal information from your work devices eg. computer.
  • Send an email to your colleagues to let them know you're leaving. You can pass along your contact information if necessary, this might help them resolve open-ended issues after you've gone.
  • As you reach the end of the day, take the time to say goodbye to people personally. 

So there you have it, our tips for leaving your job in a professional and respectful manner! If you're looking for a new job opportunity, you're in the right place! Here at HRS, we have a team of professional recruiters who are focused on finding scientists the life-changing jobs of their dreams!

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A year ago, the majority of UK workers and business owners had probably never heard of the word furlough before, but the coronavirus pandemic has well and truly made it staple within our vocabulary in 2020. 

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was introduced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak back in March and aimed to cover up to 80% of workers wages while they were off work, in hope of preventing businesses from having to lay off their staff. This measure sought to help alleviate the financial burden felt by businesses as a result of COVID-19 and has since been extending till the end of March 2021. With the furlough scheme, employers have the opportunity to temporarily keep their staff out of work with the intention of bringing them back at a later date.

For many, however, the return to work isn't a guarantee, and with so much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, the threat of losing their job is a genuine one that they have no control over. As a result, many of these workers have looked for other jobs that guarantee some sort of short-term stability but are they allowed? And if they are, how do they go about doing it? 

If you've been placed on furlough by your current employer and are wondering if you should find a new job, here is everything that you need to know. 

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If you've not come across these two sciences before, you might be wondering - what's the difference? Surely both subjects involve the study of living organisms, maybe one subject is related to another.

Well, both of those statements are true - in a sense. They are very closely related subjects and both require the study of living organisms, but there are some subtle differences between the two subjects that you need to know about.

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Biology

Biology is a core science subject, one that looks at all living organisms on the Earth. It takes into account topics like evolution, diseases, plants, reproduction, the human body and much much more. Biology is a natural science and helps to give students a really good understanding of basic concepts and ideas. 

There are a few different sub-disciplines within biology that include (but aren't limited too):

  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology

Life Sciences 

In comparison to biology, life sciences are more complex fields of study. Rather than focusing on natural processes exclusively, life sciences take nature, the development of life and the way it interacts with its environment into account.

Often, people who study life studies will cover a lot of aspects of biology during their study, but they might also look at ecosystems, pharmaceutical advancements and life in space! 

For this reason, life sciences are often considered a more suitable field of study for scientists who want to learn the fundamentals of science as well as applied science & methodology.

Life sciences courses are considered a more advanced option with lots of detailed information about the sub-disciples of biology and a few others.

Here are a few things you could study if you take an interest in life sciences:

  • Astrobiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Quantum Biology
  • Immunology

If you're looking for a job in life sciences, we have lots of vacancies that are perfect for you. Whether you want to work as a biochemist, a quality assurance officer or a research technician, we have something to suit you!

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