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					             The
             Careers
             Service.




Your degree within BMS... what next?
for Level 2 students

Alison Clay, Careers Adviser

Date: Wednesday 10 March 2010
Time: 11.10am – 12noon
Venue: BLT2, Alfred Denny Building
              The
              Careers
              Service.




Where are you?
• I have definite career plans and know how to achieve
  them
• I have some ideas but am not sure what to do next
• I have a few vague ideas
• I haven’t got a clue

What are your concerns?
• Are there obstacles you feel you face when making
  career decisions?
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Factors affecting career choice
• Qualifications & whether    • Awareness of options
  further study is feasible   • Occupational knowledge
• Technical skills            • Friends & family
• Transferable skills         • Salary / debt
• Personal qualities /        • Geographical mobility
  personality
                              • Other responsibilities
• Prior experience
                              • Self image / self
• Abilities / degree result     confidence
• Interests / motivations     • Networks / contacts
• Values & beliefs            • Economic climate…….
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Current economic climate
Next 2 years: cautious rise in jobs but more competition - you WILL be
affected! ACT NOW:
• Get a good degree
• Get work experience / work shadowing
• Develop skills (SGA, SfWC, courses, etc)
• Be flexible in career choices, employers & locations
• Make contacts (tutors, careers events, networking)
• Apply early
• Don’t give up hope – there ARE jobs out there!
• Don’t assume further study is the only option
• Get help if you need it: www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/advice and
  www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/recession/
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Your options beyond university
                   •   Seek graduate employment:
                        • Course-related
                        • Other (60% open to all)
                   •   PG study:
                        • Masters / MPhil / PhD
                        • Vocational
                   •   Take ‘Time Out’
                   •   Temporary work
                   •   Voluntary work
                   •   Portfolio career
                   •   Self-employment
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What do BMS graduates do?
www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/worktypes/degree.html

UK / EU – BMS first degree grads , Sheffield 2008
Response rate = 80%. Of those known:

• 44% Employed (FT ~ 83%; PT – 11%; voluntary ~ 6%)
• 33% Further study
• 5% Work and further study
• 9% Not available for work or further study (eg, travel)
• 9% Still seeking work
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Sample of scientific employment areas
entered by BMS Graduates
In the lab:                    Lab-associated:
• Research / lab assistant     • Clinical data manager
• Research / lab technician    • Clinical trials assessor
• Animal technician            • Test results administrator
• Lab analyst                  • Project co-ordinator (lab
• Trainee clinical scientist     testing)
• Phlebotomist                 • Regulatory affairs manager
• Chemical analyst             • Accreditation assistant
• Microbiologist               • Safety consultant
• Cell biologist
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             Careers
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Typical employers - science
• Healthcare (inc. NHS)    • Local & Central
• Higher education           Government
• Pharmaceutical –         • HSE, FSS
  development, testing,    • Regulatory bodies
  manufacturing, etc       • Charities
• Contract research labs   • Secondary education
• Testing and analysis     • Scientific society
  services
                           • Biotech companies inc.
• Lab equipment              SMEs
  developers
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Sample employment data for BMS
graduates – wider picture
Using science away from lab:     With a wide range of employers:
• Healthcare / dental / nursing / • IT & telecommunications
  assistants & support workers • Business & finance
  (second degree applicants?)
                                  • Recruitment consultant
• Medical sales representative
                                  • Sales / marketing
• Medical / technical writer
                                  • Police & probation services
• Medical information officer
                                  • HR
• Teaching assistant
                                  • Project management
• Journalist
                                  • Chef
                                 • Admin / clerical / manual
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                   Careers
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Sample of research / further study
entered by BMS graduates
PhD / MPhil: Biomedical science;         Medicine / Dentistry / Nursing
Neuroscience; Neurology;                 BSc Clinical physiology
Development biology; Molecular
biology; Stem cell biology ; Molecular   BSC Clinical psychology
and genetic medicine; Psychiatric        MSc Physiotherapy
diseases; Endocrinology; Engineering     MSc Audiology
materials;
                                         MMedSci Human Nutrition
MSc: Neuroscience; Biomedical
                                         MSc Sports & exercise science
science; Molecular medicine;
Reproductive biology; Stem cell          Forensics
technology; Drug discovery;              MSc Science communication
Biological & bioprocess engineering;     PGCE primary/secondary
Biochemical engineering;
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Stage 1. Understanding yourself
• Careers with my Degree
  www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/worktypes/degree.html
• Making a Start
  www.shef.ac.uk/content/1/c6/08/53/92/mas.pdf includes:
   • Personality and Work Styles - Profiling for Success
   • Prospects Planner
• Improve your prospects – and your self-awareness:
  www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/students/advice :
   • Skills for Work Certificate
   • Sheffield Graduate Award
   • Work Experience Portfolio
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Stage 2. Investigating your options
Which option is for you? Investigate:
Work? See next slide
Further study? Talk to your tutor asap. Also see:
www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/study
Time out? See:
www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/worktypes/timeout.html
Unsure? Talk to a Careers Adviser – call 0114 222 0910 to
book a 15-minute appointment
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                Careers
                Service.


Researching types of work:
• Careers Service online:
  www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/students/worktypes/options.html
• Careers Information Day , Occupational Panels and A
  Day in the Life Of.....:
  www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/students/events
• Network – friends / family / neighbours and people
  they know!
• Briefing Sheets – Researching Types of Work &
  Meeting Employers
• Professional bodies – look for careers section of
  websites (see next slide)
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Professional bodies & learned societies:
• Society of Biology (inc. Biosciences Federation):
  www.societyofbiology.org/home
• Physiological Society: www.physoc.org
• Genetics Society: www.genetics.org.uk
• Institute of Biomedical Science: www.ibms.org
• Society for General Microbiology: www.sgm.ac.uk/
• Society for Experimental Biology: www.sebiology.org
• Biochemical Society: www.biochemistry.org/
• Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry: www.abpi-
  careers.org.uk
• Research Councils UK: www.rcuk.ac.uk
• Etc – see ‘Directory of British Associations’ in Careers Service
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What you need to know about the work:

•   Entry requirements: qualifications, skills, experience
•   Key duties of the job
•   Conditions of employment
•   Work environment
•   Career progression
•   Typical employers and vacancy sources
•   Other useful contacts – who do you know?
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Stage 3. Decisions, decisions….
• Do you fit the bill?
    •   Knowledge & specialist skills?
    •   Relevant experience ?
    •   Transferable skills?
• If not, are you prepared to put in extra effort to make it?
    •   Best module options? Project theme?
    •   Work experience? DEE? Ask in your dept; make speculative applications; use
        Jobshop: www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/advice/work.html
    •   Develop your skills / improve your prospects:
        www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/advice
• Does the occupation / further study offer the right
  rewards for you? Interest? Satisfaction? Progression ? Benefits package?
• Is it compatible with your values / preferences?
   Undertake self-analysis and chat to a Careers Adviser / your tutor

• Be honest!
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Stage 4. Finding jobs / further study
• Online info on job search:
  www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/jobs
• Creative job search & networking – ask at Careers
  Service
• Online help with finding further study:
  www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/study
• Seeking further study related to your course? Talk to
  your tutor
• Briefing sheets: Job hunting strategies; Meeting
  employers; Further study
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BMS 227 – Career Development Skills


Coming up in Semester 2:
• CVs and personal statements
• Presentation skills
• Interviews
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Careers Service Guide
•   Sheffield & your career
•   Careers Service support
•   Choosing the right career
•   Work experience
•   Finding out about jobs, vacancies
    & employers
•   Taking time out
•   Further study
•   Applications, interviews &
    assessment centres
•   Support after graduation
•   Jobs and course providers – a
    sample

          Pick up your copy from the BMS Office!
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         Careers
         Service.


Career Service information sheets:
- Career ideas for students in BMS
- Finding employment in the lab
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                 Careers
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Events not to be missed
•   Business & Finance Fair: 2 November 2010
•   Engineering, Science & IT: 3 November 2010
•   Spring into Jobs Fair: March 2011
•   Various sector fairs in S1 and S2, inc. Routes into Teaching;
    Careers with a Conscience; Legal Fair; Summer Experience Fair;
    Virtual International Careers Fair
•   Careers Information Day: Feb 2011
•   Employer presentations
•   Occupational panels and
    A Day in the Life Of…..
•   Skills development sessions
•   Skills for Work Certificate
    and Sheffield Graduate Award
•   Application / interview workshops
    www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/events
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            Careers
            Service.



Medicine & Dentistry talks
Getting into Medicine & Dentistry
Tuesday 4 May, 10.10am, BLT1

Admissions tests for Medicine & Dentistry
Thursday 6 May, 11.10am, ALT4
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              Careers
              Service.



Where to find us…..
Careers Service
388 Glossop Road (behind SU Building)
Open 9am - 5pm Mon to Fri (11am Tues)

Student Jobshop
Students’ Union Building
Open 10am – 3pm Mon to Fri (11am Tues)

www.shef.ac.uk/careers
(24/7)

				
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