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
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
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
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
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
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.