Whether you are still considering your university options, have completed a PhD or have a long track record in a particular science field behind you, choosing from the vast range of possible science jobs can be an intimidating and overwhelming process.
With popular sectors ranging from immunology and pharmacology to molecular biology and clinical, and with functions within those sectors encompassing clinical research, quality assurance, research and development (R&D) and many more, it would be too difficult for us to give even a brief overview of your possible science career options here.
What we can do, however, is give you some pointers on choosing the science post that would best suit your own background, interests and motivations.
What science career is right for me?
One of the simplest ways of discovering what science career is right for you is to accurately identify your own skills, values and interests.
Various assessments exist that should help you to clarify your own personal characteristics and how these may lend themselves to various science jobs. These include the National Careers Service's Action Plan tool, as well as the Career Planner accessible through the graduate careers site, Prospects.
More informal ways of determining the best science career for you include simply asking yourself what areas of science are of most interest to you and which you are best at, as well as what lifestyle you want and what you actually desire from your long-term career.
How to choose a science career
Once you have a reasonable idea of the above, you will be able to begin your job hunt or consider the most appropriate academic course.
When you are thinking about your science job options, you will need to take into account such factors as entry requirements, employment outlook, the job description, salary/conditions and the scope for development.
Is the role that interests you a good match to what you learned about yourself through tools and techniques like the above? Moreover, is the job reasonably attainable right now? If not, what do you need to do to have a realistic chance of entering this particular science career?
Imagining yourself on the job
Even having the right skills and experience, however, matters little if you would not actually enjoy the role on a day-to-day basis.
To ascertain this, ask yourself whether the employer would be a good match to your own values, as well as whether the job itself would be rewarding both now and into the future, based on your past experiences and motivations. Is this a job that you would even do for free?
Deciding on the right science role entails much serious thought about what matters to you in a job, as well as your likelihood of obtaining work in the field that interests you and the potential for career growth.
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