Emily Talbot studied Human Physiology at Leeds, graduating in 2016 and secured a place on AstraZeneca’s IMED programme. In this post she outlines the path she took to her current role and shares her advice for other students.
How I Got My Place on the IMED Early Phase Drug Discovery Graduate Programme at AstraZeneca
For science students, there is one question which circulates in the mind of many who want to remain in science after University: do I have to do a PhD? I studied Human Physiology and as graduation loomed closer, I knew I wanted to remain in science but wasn’t ready to commit to a PhD.
In a second year epiphany/panic, I decided I didn’t want to do an industrial placement year so I looked for opportunities within the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Continue reading
Katie Bjerkan studied BSc Pharmacology at Leeds, graduating in 2015. She gained a place on the NHS STP as a Clinical Pharmaceutical Trainee immediately after her undergraduate degree. She recently gave a talk at the University about the programme and getting in. This post is a summary of her talk and further information about the STP.
If you want to apply your scientific or technical knowledge in a healthcare setting, in a role which combines scientific or technical work with patient interaction, then a career in Healthcare Science might be for you.
What is a Healthcare Science?
Healthcare science encompasses a diverse range of scientists, engineers and professionals working in the healthcare setting whose aim is to apply scientific principles to improve health and well-being. Although they make up a relatively small proportion of the NHS workforce, healthcare scientists are involved in about 80% of all clinical decisions. Continue reading
Jessica Hudson (History, 2012) is a Partnerships Manager in the Retail Team at Cancer Research UK after having completed their graduate scheme. In this post she shares her experience of getting into the Charity sector as well as her advice for others interested in doing the same.
I’m Jess and I studied History at the University of Leeds from 2009-2012. I enjoyed 3 amazing years in Leeds, where I seemed to spend most of my time getting told off for talking too loudly in the Brotherton or getting a cheeseburger from Zulfis at 3am. But it was my involvement with one of the societies at Leeds Uni, READ International, which really reinforced my decision to forge a career in the charity sector. Continue reading
Anastacia Kruglova is a BSc Environmental Science student, currently on a year in industry with Building Engineering Company, Couch Perry Wilkes. Here she shares her experiences of searching for and securing a placement, along with her tips for other students.
My name is Anastacia and this year I am undertaking a placement year in CouchPerryWilkes engineering company as a part of my BSc Environmental Science. Some of my duties include thermal modelling of buildings, low-carbon technologies application and assessment of energy efficiency. Initially, I had not really considered working in the Engineering sector, however, thanks to my placement I have realised that there are lots of sectors where such a degree like mine can be applied. A placement is a fantastic opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge, gain vital skills and build networks. All these and many other perks might arise thanks to placement. There are lots of good placements out there, however, I found that it can take a while to find a good one. Continue reading
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Are you passionate about science but not keen on a career ‘at the bench’? If you are a great communicator, then science communication might be worth considering. This post outlines what it is, gives an overview of the range of jobs and potential employers and links to further resources.
What is it?
Science communication is a broad and evolving field. Traditionally, science communication was the realm of scientists themselves or specialised science journalists (i.e. reporting on scientific developments for media outlets). Whilst both of these are still part of the sector, it is growing increasingly diverse Continue reading
Jenny Smith is a final year PhD student, studying Medical and Biological Engineering, and has just secured a training contract with Urquhart-Dykes and Lord LLP, at their Leeds office. In this post she outlines how she found out about the profession and secured her role
With a year to go of my PhD, I started investigating new career paths, after deciding continuing in research and academia wasn’t for me. I attended a University of Leeds Careers Centre conference, ‘Gown to Town: Alternatives to an academic career’, and whilst there heard a talk by a patent attorney Continue reading
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If you’re interested in using your scientific or technical background in a different way and have an interest in legal issues, a career as a Patent Attorney could be for you. This post is a summary of some of the key points covered by Simon Belcher of Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP in a very informative presentation he delivered at the Careers Centre recently. You can find a more detailed copy of his notes on our Pearltrees account (link at the end of this post).
What does a patent attorney do?
Patent Attorneys work on behalf of individuals or organisations to help protect inventions and other intellectual property so that the owner of the property can control how it is used. In the UK ‘Patent Attorney’ is a protected title, meaning only those who have passed qualifying training and examinations may use the tile. The profession is a regulated in the UK by IPreg.
Patent Attorneys might only do patent work, or work across a wider range of intellectual property matters. This could be in a very specialised field, or across a wider range of disciplines Continue reading
Steve Carter, Career Consultant talks to us about the wide range of options available to Sport and Exercise Science students and why it is so important to be able to promote the transferable elements of your degree course.
So, what can you do with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science (SES)? This is a question that I am sometimes asked by SES students themselves, and by some employers who think that all SES students do is play football and rounders all day!
The short answer to this question is anything, or at least the 60/65% of graduate jobs that are not asking for any specific degree discipline. This percentage increases for SES students as they can obviously do those graduate roles that do require specific sports related knowledge (of which more below) and careers related to biomedical sciences Continue reading
This is a guest post written by Oliver Moore on behalf of RB Careers. The post focuses on scientific research and development in the consumer healthcare and fast-moving consumer goods industry. Although not the focus of the post, much of what is covered could equally apply to more technical or engineering related research and development roles in this sector.
What is Research & Development and how does it relate to the consumer healthcare/ FMCG industry?
Research and development is the very start of any product lifecycle. It is used to collect information and generate knowledge through theoretical and experimental processes. Research and Development (R&D) within FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) and healthcare bridges the gap between science and business and is the first step in creating new products to meet consumer needs Continue reading
Does the thought of working with household name brands in a fast-moving environment appeal to you? If so, the FMCG sector could be for you. Senior Careers Consultant Annabelle Cross gives you the low-down on this dynamic sector.
What is the FMCG industry?
The FMCG, or fast-moving consumer goods, industry is a multi-million pound sector incorporating many famous names and household brands. It may also be referred to as the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry.
The sector deals in everyday items we purchase and can include anything from food products, to toiletries, cosmetics Continue reading