So, you have just graduated from university with a degree in the sciences. What is your next step? Your next step is to find a job in the industry. There are scientific jobs out there, but you have to work hard to secure one. To help you, here are twelve things that will come in handy.
#1: Science-Related Job Site
The first thing you need is a job site like Hyperec that is going to help you find a job. You can choose a generic site, but they aren’t much help. That isn’t the case when you have a site that only provides science-related jobs.
#2: Flattery Skills
It is important to research any employer because it helps in the interview. But, it helps even more with a scientist because they love talking about their research. If you can charm them, you will work your way into their good books.
#3: Scientific Writing Skills
Scientific jobs put a lot of emphasis on your writing ability because you have to write about a variety of topics. The trick to scientific writing is not to overdo the jargon as scientists can tell when you use language to cover up gaps in your knowledge.
#4: Fellow Science Geeks
The wisdom of crowds dictates that the best ideas come from a variety of sources. So, instead of searching alone, search with your friends and peers. When you work together, you are more likely to come up with fresh and engaging ideas.
#5: A Presentation
Whether the interview says you need to prepare one or not, it is always a good idea. There is too much for you to convey without the help of images and numbers.
Jobs in the industry don’t come around very often. As a result, you need to prioritise your responsibilities if you get an interview.
#7: Dress Sense
University graduates tend to dress like would if they were still at uni. Don’t make this mistake because it looks too informal. Always go with a suit or appropriate business wear.
#8: A Calendar
Always look for jobs before the summer starts. Summer is the slow season for science jobs for whatever reason. Autumn and winter are your two best bets.
#9: Social Media Presence
Social media is a big part of any job. From an employer’s point of view, it gives them an insight into you as a person. Sometimes, that is crucial if they can’t pick between candidates.
#10: Or No Social Media Presence
On the flip side, you might want to give your twitter fingers a rest. If you aren’t PC online, it will come back and bite you on the backside.
#11: Social Skills
They might assume that you are a nerd because you like science. Although that will help, it will also hinder your chances. ‘Nerds’ don’t tend to have great social skills. Even though you work in a lab, you need to communicate and work as a team.
#12: No Fear
You will experience rejection – that is almost certain. But, please don’t let that put you off applying for more jobs. In the end, one or two employers will respond with a positive offer.