You might think that you know what you're getting into with science and technology - fields like biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and engineering have existed seemingly since the year dot, so it can be easy for those contemplating science jobs to forget the truly 'living and breathing', continually evolving nature of science and technology.

For a reminder of just how exciting it can be to get picked by a science recruitment agency for a sought-after and important role, just consider the latest frontiers to which you could make an active contribution.

The effects on food crops of climate change

Climate change isn't just about the prospect of higher temperatures and us all ending up underwater - it's also about the very sustainability of our planet's food supply. Become a plant scientist, and you could play an instrumental role in the development of drought-resistant crop strains.

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation

Whereas the replacement of heart valves has traditionally been done by surgically opening the chest cavity, if the process is done by chest catheter, only a small incision is required. Since this was achieved by a French doctor in 2002, it has gained popularity across dozens of countries when faulty aortic valves need to be treated.

The acidification of the ocean

As the atmosphere of our planet becomes ever-more concentrated with carbon dioxide, so the amount of carbonic acid in our oceans is also increasing, decreasing the pH and even dissolving the shells or skeletons of some organisms. Scientists are still grappling to properly understand the evolving chemical composition of our oceans - but who is to say that you won't contribute to the next big breakthrough in this area?

Galileon cosmology

The universe has long held seemingly infinite mystery and fascination for scientists, who are still trying to explain not only why it is still getting bigger, but also doing so ever-quicker. Attempts to shed some light on the matter have included the modification of how we mathematically treat gravity's effects at greater distances, with the galileon scalar field enabling self-accelerating solutions.

Synthetic biology

This is one emerging scientific field that even many laypeople are familiar with already - after all, how could the design and construction of biological parts, systems and devices possibly not capture the wider imagination? Recent years have seen the creation of "synthetic life" - DNA that is digitally created before its printing and insertion into a living bacterium - and as a scientist in this field, you could be perfectly placed to direct and influence the next wave of developments.

Looking to change the world? Science jobs certainly allow you to do that, with those in the aforementioned fields offering some of the best possibilities of all. 


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.

Figuring out your 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 direction for you include simply asking yourself what areas at science most interest you and which you are best at, as well as what lifestyle you want and what you actually desire from your longer-term career.

What to consider when comparing jobs

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 and conditions and the scope to develop the job.

Is the role that interests you a good match to what you learned about yourself through tools and techniques like the above, and 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 some time 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.

As leading science recruitment specialists here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we are always happy to advise those still contemplating the right science career for them - as well as, if appropriate, match them to a suitable role. 

Next Round: The Interview Stage




With just two more episodes of The Apprentice to go, this year has proved to be yet another exciting series. It’s been an entertaining 10 weeks for everyone sitting watching at home, but let’s not forget this is actually a recruitment process. Next week will be the “interview” stage where the remaining five candidates will face the toughest round of the process. And speaking from experience, I know exactly how that feels. The interviews are real. The focus will be on CVs, application forms and business plans so in actual fact, it is no different to how candidates are hired in the real world. For the candidates this will be an important and crucial stage of the selection process.


I am especially looking forward to the interview stage this year. Why? I hear you asking. Well I am pleased to announce that I have been invited back by Lord Sugar to be part of the interview panel. Yes, that’s right I, alongside Claude Littner, Claudine Collins and Mike Soutar will be interviewing the five remaining candidates.

Why me? Apart from being a qualified recruitment professional who interviews people on a day to day basis, I’ve been involved in the hiring process across many of Lord Sugar’s companies, as well as for my own company, HRS. Moreover, having been a candidate on The Apprentice myself, I know exactly what it feels like to be grilled by the interviewers! And believe me, it’s tough. With this blend of experience I bring valuable expertise and a new dimension to this stage of the selection process and it is for these reasons I was asked to be on the panel as an interviewer by Lord Sugar.

 


The process began with a shortlist of 20 candidates however, only one will be announced at the winner of The Apprentice. That winner will received that all important £250,000 investment for a 50:50 business partnership with Lord Alan Sugar. For me it feels like it was yesterday. It’s still hard to believe that it’s been two years since I won The Apprentice. I have since set up my own specialist Science and Technology Recruitment Consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions, which is continuing to go from strength to strength.  As part of our services at HRS, we personally support jobseekers with preparing for an interview and making the right impression. We also offer services to our clients in running assessment days and interviewing on their behalf to make the right selections for the behavioural and skills fit to their business. Something which I am proud to bring to The Apprentice this year.

The real life lesson here is that you never really know what the future will hold. You never know who you will end up working for or alongside. If someone had told me two years ago, that I’d be sitting on the opposite side of the table as one of the interviewers on The Apprentice I wouldn’t have believed them in a million years! How ironic, the people who once grilled me during the interviews are now my peers and next week I will share the panel with them!

So, reflecting on my experience my advice is, whoever you are meeting, speaking with or even being interviewed by, make sure you leave a long lasting and positive impression on them. Who knows one day the shoe may be on the other foot. Perhaps they will become your peers. I see it happening time and time again in the recruitment world. You only get one chance to make a good first impression, so make sure you get it right, as who knows what will happen in the future?

After the interviews in next week’s episode, there will only be two candidates left in the process. I wonder who we will see battling it out in the final! I wish all the finalists the best of luck for the final stages of the process as things become more real than ever at this stage. I look forward to seeing the winner join Lord Sugar in another new business venture and helping them on their way.

The interview stage of The Apprentice airs on Wednesday 17th December at 9pm on BBC One. 



 
Two years on, HRS has supported over 1000 jobs in science!
So who says there's no jobs in science?
 
 
A world without science
 
Every time you turn a light on, start a car, open a refrigerator – it’s there. Now imagine a world without cars, TVs, transport, major medical advances or anything that involves science. We are so heavily reliant on being scientifically advanced, we wouldn't be able to survive without it. 
 
Science is all around us, it's everywhere, we simply can’t live without it. Let's not forget, if we want to improve the quality of our lives we need to ensure we continue to make advancements.
 
 
How Hyper Recruitment Solutions was founded
 
2006 was the year I graduated as a Biochemist from Cardiff University. This fuelled my passion for a career in the Life Science Sector. After I left university I spent several years working in science recruitment passionately supporting scientists with their careers. My long term ambition was to help the industry really make a difference and to do so I wanted to focus my efforts on supporting careers in science by offering as many professional science jobs as possible.
 
With financial investment from Lord Sugar in 2012, I was able to fulfil my dream and set up my own specialist consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS).To create a truly specialist scientific recruitment agency I made the decision to employ scientists and train them in recruitment. Everyone who works at HRS is passionate about science. This is our driving force. We thrive on working alongside companies who are focused on making the world a better place for all.
 
 
 
 
 
 "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."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our consultants are scientists!
 
We want to succeed based on reputation, relationships and a passion for science and this is how the science community works. 
 
By ensuring our consultants come from the field and are interested in it, we create both a service of excellence and one which ensures we can build real relationships. We can be honest and professional about how careers can develop. All of which fall in line with our key company values.
 
 
Where are we now?
 
We support science jobs at all levels and from any discipline. This could be from working for a Pharmaceutical company who is developing new and existing therapeutics or an FMCG business who is making the latest consumer products in a sustainable and efficient way.
 
Two years later, we have proudly supported over 1000 science jobs and technology jobs. HRS has gone from a company with no infrastructure, customers, no reputation, to a successful business with clients across ten countries and a candidate base throughout the world.
 
So if you're looking for a science job, get in touch today. Our consultants would be more than happy to help you with your career in science!
 
 
 
 
 

 

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) is pleased to renew their membership with the leader in the Life Science and Healthcare communities, One Nucleus.

As a recruitment company who specialise in scientific roles, this valued membership will continue to provide HRS with an excellent business platform to help retain scientific experts within the industry. Moreover, through key networking events and conferences, we believe our membership will allow us to be a part of the One Nucleus Life Science Community thus providing HRS with the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with many likeminded companies and organisations.

One Nucleus', mission is to maximise the global competitiveness of their members and to be the top European life science and healthcare network. For their science and technology-based members, that means being global leaders in the research, development and commercialisation of healthcare innovations that radically improve the quality of people’s lives around the world. Similarly, HRS’ vision is to provide recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. In doing so HRS has a clear focus of further promoting and supporting the Science & Life Science sector whilst helping to retain key talent across the industry.

Ricky Martin, Managing Director of HRS comments “as a recruitment consultancy that specialises in scientific recruitment, our ongoing membership with One Nucleus, will provide HRS with an opportunity to share knowledge with the business and academic world, whilst supporting and promoting the research, development and commercialisation in the Life Science industry.”

 

 

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