You will have acquired or developed a wide range of invaluable skills and experience as part of your biochemistry degree, including specialised skills such as the ability to understand complex biological processes, as well as many more general skills like numeracy and communication. But what happens once you have graduated and have to head into the wider science jobs market?

In truth, you may not feel ready to apply for science roles straight away and indeed, many of those wishing to pursue bioscience careers undertake further study such as a PhD, which is essential for academic research. Alternatively, you may decide to enter the general graduate jobs market or look to gain professional qualifications in a non-science field like teaching, law or finance.

What if I would like to become a biochemist?

As one of the most respected science recruitment agencies in the UK, Hyper Recruitment Solutions is here to provide you with all of the assistance that you require to secure a rewarding role in biochemistry after you graduate, encompassing CV and interview advice and actual advertisements for biochemistry vacancies.

As with other science jobs, work experience can play a big role in helping you to secure your dream role. You will have already developed practical and technical skills through the laboratory-based work and final year research project of your biochemistry degree, but you may further boost your marketability to employers by acquiring relevant work experience, such as in a research laboratory as part of a summer internship.

Developing your biochemistry career

Once you have secured a biochemistry role, you will develop your skills on the job, possibly as part of a structured graduate training programme provided by your employer. You may also seek to reinforce your professional scientist status and keep your biochemistry knowledge up to date through membership of a professional body, such as the Society of Biology or the Biochemical Society.

Your work as a biochemist will mainly take place in a laboratory, working from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. It may be required in some jobs to work shifts, as well as for longer hours during busier periods. Many biochemists also work on a part-time basis.

How much could I earn as a biochemist?

As detailed by the National Careers Service, trainee clinical biochemists on the NHS Scientist Training Programme can expect to earn a salary of around £25,000 a year, from which point, the NHS's Agenda for Change (AfC) pay structure applies. Qualified clinical biochemists in the NHS, for example, start in Band 6, earning between £26,302 and £35,225. With experience, you will have the option of applying for Band 7 jobs commanding salaries of up to £41,373.

Postdoctoral researchers and research fellows, meanwhile, can command salaries of £29,000 to £36,000 a year, and for research scientists in industry, the guideline wage is between £23,000 and £42,000 a year.

With biochemistry graduates employed by various other public sector organisations such as the Environment Agency and government departments, as well as across a wide range of companies in such industries as biotechnology, agriculture, food and water, there's no question that a biochemistry degree can stand you in extremely good stead in your search for science jobs.

Talk to our experts here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions today about the best next steps to take after graduation. 

It seems almost impossible these days to avoid social media, and indeed, many of us - particularly the Millennials who have grown up around smartphone and tablet communication - routinely use social networks for both personal and professional purposes.

However, while 73% of 18 to 34-year olds found their last job through social media, it's also true that 94% of recruiters either already use social networks for recruiting or plan to do so.

That makes it extremely important for those hunting for science jobs - in sectors ranging from biology and chemistry to pharmacology and immunology - to have a social media profile that says the right things about their professional self.  

The big difference made by social media to your job search

It's been a long time since LinkedIn was the only social media platform used for professional purposes, with Facebook and Twitter by no means merely the homes of amusing cat pictures or frivolous celebrity tweets.

The truth is that, whatever social media platforms you are active on - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and/or various others - everything that you say on them contributes to your overall 'employee brand'.

That means even those rants about late-running trains or annoying relatives count - and they don't necessarily reflect well on you. Even worse, however, is when your professional life is the subject of those rants - with those tweeting about a bad day at work risking the loss of their job.

Focus on LinkedIn - but not exclusively

While it is important to pay attention to everything that you say across all of your social media accounts - just like the most eagle-eyed recruitment agencies will be doing when considering your candidacy - the most attractive LinkedIn profile is a particular must-have.

After all, from a professional point of view, LinkedIn remains the most important social network, with 48% of recruiters making it their sole focus for social outreach. Some employers have been completely ditched CVs in favour of LinkedIn recruiting.

So, remember to complete your LinkedIn profile as much as possible, ensure that you refer to the same job title across all of your social communications and always challenge the appropriateness of whatever content you post.

The stakes are high in today's social media world

Being professional may be easier on LinkedIn, but on less career-oriented social platforms, it is much easier to suffer those all too common lapses that may cost you the chance of your dream role - perhaps without you even knowing.

Do you want to ensure that you are in the best position possible to compete for the very best jobs in 2016?

If so, explore the different fields that we cover, read about our complete Candidate Commitment and get in touch with our experts here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions today. 

 
 
Ricky Martin and Lord Alan Sugar are expanding their Science and Technology Recruitment Consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS).
 
"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."
 
Here at HRS we recognise that each of the specialists skill sets that we support can be very intricate and can differ from one to another. This is why our highly professional and knowledgeable team of consultants have either come from industry or academia making us a collaboration of scientists supporting science. Therefore, naturally we welcome applications from recruiters who want to be a part of a company who are looking to raise the standard in professional recruitment within the Life Sciences industry.
 
With a vision to expand our team, we are currently looking for people with the drive and flair to create a new technical recruitment desk across the scientific arena at our Loughton office in Essex. This will be a desk which has the ability to grow and provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to potentially become the leader of that team. The successful candidates will have a strong focus on delivering high standards of recruitment excellence whilst working towards the core HRS visions and values
 
Recruitment professionals with the aspiration of developing something that they really are a part of is encouraged throughout HRS. So, if you are driven by generating new business, enthusiastic about developing long term relationships with a passion to succeed, then this is the role for you! In our opinion there is no better way to support science jobs / science careers than by having a recruitment consultant who is a scientist themselves. For that reason we encourage commercially driven scientists, ideally with experience in recruitment, to get in touch to see what opportunities we have for you.
 
To find out more about the role and how to apply, click here. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
 
 

The REC’s new Compliance Test was launched in July 2012. All new members to the REC must now pass the test to become a full member and the test will be launched for the REC’s existing members in early 2013. Ricky Martin’s company Hyper Recruitment Solutions was the first to pass the test with an impressive score of 96%. The highest score so far from any recruitment consultancy.

The Compliance Test is an online test with multiple choice questions that assesses a recruiter’s knowledge of the REC’s Code of Professional Practice and key legislation. The test must be completed within a twenty four hour period and you can stop and save your work as you go along so, that you can also attend to any other urgent business whilst you are doing the test. The test is also customised so, that you only answer questions that relate to the type of recruitment business you run eg. if you only act as a temporary recruiter you will only have to answer questions that relate to temporary recruitment. There is a range of support mechanisms in place to help members pass the test and these include workshops, a webinar and access to a “training” test before you do the actual test, which gives you both a feel for the format of the test and types of questions.

The Compliance Test is not there to catch members out but is there to assess your knowledge, help you improve your knowledge and then for the REC to provide support and guidance where it is needed. The test also shows that you are not just buying the badge by becoming an REC member but demonstrating to your clients and candidates a commitment to compliance and professional standards.

We are proud to have Ricky Martin and Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) on board with the REC not only as a new exciting company, but also as they aim to promote our goal of raising standards in professional recruitment throughout their network. We are confident in HRS’ ability to not just provide highly compliant processes but in delivering recruitment excellence. Hopefully by being the first company to pass our compliance test, this should speak volumes to all of the science and technology companies in HRS’ commitment to professional services.

Kevin Green (CEO of the REC)

REC

At HRS HQ we have spent a considerable amount of time working with our website developers Designer Websites towards a specific goal; that goal is to provide the most functional and easy to use recruitment website for our existing and future clients. A website that is informative, professional and relevant to the science industry.

We have also been developing an App with KeyApps, in order to provide a mobile service to our clients, which we think is absolutely essential in these times.

We’d like to take a moment to thank both Designer Websites and KeyApps for all the work they’ve done on the HRS website and mobile App. We’ve been working very closely with these companies to ensure that the service that we provide to the science recruitment industry is second to none, and particularly that the website is as functional and effective as possible, and we’re all very pleased with the finished solutions.

Science recruitment is our number one priority at HRS, and we’re pleased to have a place where we can list our jobs, offer advice for jobseekers, and interact with our clients on the go. We aim to provide a high quality service to both job seekers and recruiters in the science sector, and we understand the importance of having a user friendly website and mobile App, which is of course why we have put so much effort into this area of our business.

We hope that you find our website useful and informative but we are always happy to hear your feedback. If you have any feedback or questions relating to our website or our mobile App, please drop us an email at feedback@hyperec.com

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