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. Knowing how to balance work and life is difficult for most people, but the added pressure associated with science jobs can put strain on the employee.

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 direction.  

Don't get hooked on stress

That whoosh of adrenaline when you are racing an assignment deadline can be incredible, making you feel full of energy and ready to do anything.

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. It's important to learn how to balance work and life in a healthy way.

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 overworked. 

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.

Distinguish clearly 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 weekend

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 to work.

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 role. We hope these work life balance tips help you, but if you have any questions feel free to contact us today

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) is committed to providing highly compliant and specialist recruitment consultancy dedicated to the Science and Technology communities. Our professional and knowledgeable team of consultants have come from industry or academia which means we have a greater understanding of the communities we serve. We are recruitment consultancy that not only cares about our markets, people and community, but are actually a real part of them too. Since our launch in 2012, we have made a real impact in our market and I am honoured that HRS has been short listed in the category of ‘Best Newcomer’ by Global Recruiter Awards.

Providing recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all is a philosophy we all value at HRS. Although may be a new player in the market place we are full of expertise, passion and commitment to both recruitment and the scientific communities. Our aim is to build long term partnerships with our clients and candidates whilst promoting the image of professional recruitment. Read our testimonials to find out what our clients, candidates and suppliers are saying about us.

In addition to providing a specialist service, we ensure we deliver exceptional customer experiences. We are not only passionate about finding the right science jobs and technology jobs for our candidates, we really want to help people further their careers and achieve their full potential within these fields. We always do our best to get to know each candidate throughout the recruitment process. It is extremely important to us that our candidates feel like they are treated as individuals.

HRS makes every effort to ensure all candidates are represented as accurately and professionally as possible, presenting roles above expectations. We always happy to offer support with the recruitment process, CV advice and tips and interview preparation.

I am honoured that HRS has been short listed for Best Newcomer. Being a finalist and winning an award can have a substantial impact on your career and company. Not only is this a great motivator it will certainly fuel our determination here at HRS to further exceed expectations.

The GR Industry Awards 2014 is taking place 26 June at Café de Paris, London  

Congratulations to all the finalists, I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with you at the awards ceremony next month!  

 

I am pleased to confirm I will be speaking at BioWales 2014 in March. The conference will focus on growth and delivery within the Life Sciences sector and on the opportunities and support available to new investors and established companies in Wales.  

I graduated as a Biochemist at Cardiff University in 2006, this subsequently fuelled my passion for a career in the Life Science sector. Since then I spent over 7 years working in the recruitment sector on behalf of the science community. I thoroughly enjoyed working in the recruitment industry talking to clients and candidates from the science field suporting science jobs / science careers, so I felt I had the relevant qualifications and experience to set up my own recruitment agency to really help enhance and drive support careers in the science industry.

Science is a subject I am very passionate about which I live and breath every day. My ambition is to develop the landscape of science recruitment and make a positive impact to the Science & Life Sciences industries. Hyper Recruitment Solutions remain dedicated and committed to supporting essential scientific research to assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. As a specialist recruitment consultancy, forming valuable relationships with like minded companies and organisations provide HRS with an excellent business network. This enables us to provide science jobs and life science jobs to industry experts who are passionate about working in this field. We support science jobs at all levels and from any discipline.

A fantastic line up of speakers will be discussing advances in Regenerative Medicine and Diagnostics which provides so many promising options for the future treatment of some major diseases, such as cancer, nervous system diseases, damaged organs and degenerative diseases. Speaking at the BioWales conference will be a great opportunity for me to celebrate life sciences in the same town I began my career in all those years ago.  To be amongst like minded commercially orientated scientific professionals will be a great celebration for life sciences in South Wales.

The BioWales Conference will take place 6th - 7th March at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff


Our biggest prize draw ever, starts 29 November 2013!

You probably already know about our weekly giveaways on Twitter…our prizes are usually connected to the wondrous worlds of science and technology (well we try!).

To celebrate the holiday season, we are giving away something different! Next month we are giving away a Ferrari versus Aston Martin driving experience courtesy of Red Letter Days. The prize draw will be open for just under one month starting 29 November 2013. It’s free to enter and all you need is a Twitter and Facebook account! For your chance to win, simply keep an eye out for the Ferrari versus Aston Martin Driving prize draw tweets on my twitter account - @Rickymartin247

 

 

About the prize…

  • Get an initial briefing and learn new driving techniques
  • Take the driving seat of a stunning Ferrari
  • Enjoy driving an iconic Aston Martin (DB9 or V8 Vantage)
  • Race these amazing supercars at any number of British circuits

  

 

So how can you enter?

To enter, you will need to RT one of the giveaway tweets starting with *GIVEAWAY* from @Rickymartin247's Twitter account. These messages will be tweeted every Friday for the next few weeks, starting on 29 November 2013. Then, simply follow @Hyperec_HRS on Twitter and ‘Like’ our company Facebook page. Yes, it is that simple!

The prize draw opens 29th November 2013 and closes 23rd December 2013, one winner will be selected at random. T’s and C’s apply, click here for more details

The winner will be announced Monday 23 December 2013.

Don’t have a Twitter account yet? Don’t panic, you can set one up here it’s easy! New to Facebook? Don't worry, you can set up too, just click here!


Meanwhile…are you searching for a new job in the fields of science and technology?

Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for a position in a laboratory, factory or in the office, HRS can assist in finding the right job for you. To make your search easier, don’t forget to download the HRS Jobs App - it's FREE what's more, you can do all this whilst on the move!  The app has been specifically designed to help you identify the current jobs in the market place. The vacancy filter feature enables you to search for suitable roles baed on your sector, location, skills and salary. In addition, gain access to useful CV tips and advice and find out what to expect at an interview and most importantly, how to prepare for it.

We look forward to working with you!

 

The WISE Awards 2013 is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the successes of women in STEM, and this year there has been a record number of nominations across the ten categories. 

 

The WISE Awards 2013 will be held on the evening of 14 November, in the inspirational setting of the Science Museum itself. The winners will be announced and presented with their awards by WISE’s Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

The WISE Campaign promotes female talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, and is passionate about connecting young people with role models, promoting networking events, and providing unconscious bias training and consultancy across the UK.

The WISE Awards developed from the previous “Women of Outstanding Achievement Award”, which began in 2006. Currently in its second year running, the WISE Awards 2013 is set to be the biggest celebration yet, with around 400 guests from a diverse range of STEM backgrounds in academia, business and media set to attend.

In addition, this year the Media Award has been introduced to the 2013 WISE Awards. This award aims to celebrate the dedicated outreach of science communicators across a breadth of modern topics, alongside the Girl Award, for girls and young women who have demonstrated an exceptional potential within STEM in both their studies and their personal interests.

 

Why are we supporting this event?

HRS  is a specialist recruitment company dedicated to the Science, Technology and Engineering sectors. Our vision is to provide recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. We aim to provide a service to areas of actual need which have an impact on us all. In doing so we have a clear focus of further promoting and supporting the Science & Life Science sector whilst helping to retain key talent across the industry.

Every day we are engaging with and providing career options to some of the world’s best talent, covering a broad range of skills. We treat each candidate as an individual to ensure that the role they are being considered for is right both for their career ambitions and for the specific business’ needs.

Ricky Martin, Managing Director of HRS, is extremley passionate about HRS being known not just as a recruitment consultancy but a real part of the Science industry. Key events such as the WISE Awards, provide excellent opportunities to share knowledge and ideas with many likeminded companies, organisations and individuals in both the business and academic world.

For the Wise Award Categories & 2013 Shortlist click here.

Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for a WISE award this year, we wish you all the best of luck. We look forward to celebrating with you at this this fantastic event next month.

 

 

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