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alternative careers in life sciences what are your options after your bachelor of science degree

Alternative Careers in Life Sciences (What are your options after your Bachelor of Science degree ?)

outline of workshop
Outline of Workshop
  • What services does CAPS offer?
  • What can I do with my studies in Life Sciences right after I graduate with my BSc.?
  • What can I do with my studies in Life Sciences with additional education/training or experience?
  • What are some alternative careers for BSc. grads?
  • How am I going to make a decision about going onto grad studies or moving into the work force?

McGill University Career and Placement Service (CAPS)

what caps has to offer
JOB OPPORTUNITIES

CAPS Job Listings Database for full-time, summer and part-time jobs and internships at www.caps.mcgill.ca

On-campus recruitment in fall and winter

www.workopoliscampus.com

CAREER EDUCATION

Individual advising

Workshops

Career Resource Library

Website

Mentor Program

PACE Program

Job Finding Club

Career Week & Month

What CAPS Has to Offer

McGill University Career and Placement Service (CAPS)

traditional educational paths for b sc life sciences majors 2 options
Traditional Educational Paths for B.Sc. Life Sciences Majors (2 options)
  • Medicine and Other Health Professions (Professional Schools)
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Physical & Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine

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traditional educational paths for b sc life sciences majors 2 options5
Traditional Educational Paths for B.Sc. Life Sciences Majors (2 options)
  • Career Physiologists, Biochemists, Biologists, Microbiologists/ Immunologists (Graduate School – M.Sc., Ph.D.)
  • Academic Setting (CEGEP teacher, University Professor, Technology Transfer)
  • Research Institutes (Clinical, Basic Sciences, Lab Manager)
  • Government Agencies (Health Protection, Environment, Science Policy)
  • Research Funds Administration
  • Private Industry (Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, Environmental, Technological, Regulatory Affairs, Patent Agent)

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potential employment paths in science right after graduating with a b sc
“Bench” work

Lab Assistant

Research Assistant

Bacteriological Technician

Clinical work

Clinical Assistant

Field Research

Biological Researcher

Ecologist

Working in Agencies and Governments

Water Quality Inspector

Pest Control Consultant

Hunger Policy Analyst

Working in the Food/Beverage Industry

Food Technician/ Technologist

Working in Sales

Pharma Salesperson

Potential Employment Paths in Science Right After Graduating with a B.Sc.

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employer categories in sciences
Employer Categories In Sciences
  • Hospitals (Royal Victoria)
  • Private Clinics (MDS Pharma)
  • Research Institutions
  • Universities and CEGEPS (McGill, Dawson)
  • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology industries (Merck Frosst)
  • Food & Beverage/Fermentation industries (Maple Leaf, Labatt)
  • Chemical Industry (Dow Chemicals)
  • Energy industry (Petro-Canada)
  • Cosmetics (l’Oréal)

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alternative careers
Law (Patent Law, Environmental Law; Medical-device product liability Law)

Medical Illustrator

Journalist/Broadcaster

Technical /Science Writer

Management Consultant

Marketing Manager

Public Relations Consultant

Investment Advisor

Entrepreneur/Business Developer

Alternative Careers

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how are you going to make a decision about going onto grad studies or moving into the work force
How are you going to make a decision about going onto grad studies or moving into the work force?
  • To help make this decision, it is important to do some self-assessment:
  • What are my interests, values and goals?
  • What are my skills?

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a what are my interests values soul searching
A) What are my interests & values?(Soul-searching)
  • Start by asking yourself some basic questions:
    • Why did you do your degree?
    • What motivates you?
    • What is your dream job?
    • What is important to you?
    • What are your ambitions/goals for the future?

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A) What are my interests & values?(Soul-searching)
  • Figure out what drives you:
    • What makes you happy?
    • Where do you get your greatest satisfaction?
  • Different people require different exercises
    • Personality tests
    • Feedback from family, friends, colleagues
    • Personal exercises

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Geographical

Preference

Working

Conditions

Special

Knowledge

Transferable Skills

People, ideas, information, data & things

Personal

Traits

People Environment

Goals, Purposes and Values

How much are you worth?

  • This exercise is best done in pairs – with a friend or your partner.
  • For each of the categories at right, make lists

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b what are my skills what did i learn at mcgill anyway
B) What are my skills?:What did I learn at McGill anyway?
  • Technical (hard) skills
  • Transferable (soft) skills
    • Analytical / Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
    • Ability to synthesize / Deal with Complexity
    • Technical Writing / Report Writing
    • Research Methodology / Data Analysis Techniques
    • Computer Skills / Simulation
    • Organized / Thorough / Precise / Detail Oriented

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make the decision
Make the decision
  • The self-assessment that you undertake is very valuable and will help you whatever your decision
  • To be successful, both grad school applications and job applications require that you know yourself very well

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what are the best strategies to use to get an employer to hire me or a grad school to accept me
What are the best strategies to use to get an employer to hire me or a grad school to accept me?
  • Know what you have to offer:
    • your interests (do some soul-searching)
    • your skills (technical & transferable)
    • be able to express them in your CV and at an interview
  • Research the employers/schools to find out what they are looking for
  • Make the match between your skills and their needs
  • Network, network, network

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what are employers looking for
What are employers looking for?
  • All the technical and transferable skills mentioned earlier PLUS….
    • Negotiating / Communication Skills
    • Leadership skills
    • Teamwork / Business Acumen / Honesty
    • Adaptability / Reliability / Autonomy
    • Good Work Ethic

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researching the employer
Researching the Employer
  • All successful job searches are based on extensive research on the career area, the industry and on specific employers in which you are interested
  • Your Goals:
    • Figure out the fit between your skills and interests and goals and available fields of employment.
    • Research the employer before you establish contact.
  • Set up a timetable with specific goals and deadlines

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research first step start looking
A. Web and Print

CAPS Library

Books on Careers

Directories of employers

Websites

List of Websites from CAPS

Jobboom, workopoliscampus.com

Company sites

B. Public Events

Career Fairs

Have specific questions about the organization

Personal appearance and manner

Information Sessions/ Career Panels

Try to get names and make acquaintances.

Research: First Step – Start Looking

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research second step conduct information interviews
Research: Second Step – Conduct Information Interviews
  • What is an information interview?
    • An meeting with a person who works for an organization of interest to you, or who has the kind of job you are looking for
    • The goal of the meeting is:
      • Find out as much information about the company/position as you can
      • Communicate your skills and interests
      • Obtain additional contact/people in similar positions in other companies

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some typical information interview questions
What was  your career path?

What do you do on a daily basis?

How did you get there?

What is your organization/industry all about?

What exactly do you do?

How did you get your foot in the door?

What was you academic background?

What skills do you need for your job?

What do you love about this job?

What are you most challenged by?

What do you dislike about the job?

What is your schedule like?

How do you feel about your work/family balance?

How much time is administrative?  w/ clients?

What professional development opportunities do you have?

Where do you see yourself going from here?

How might I position myself in this field?

Re-credential?

What skills do I need?

Résumé suggestions?  How might I market myself more effectively?

Given my credentials, what income range could I expect to start at?

Can you recommend professional organizations/publications with which I should become familiar?

Can you recommend anyone else that I should talk to?

Some typical information interview questions

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conducting information interviews
Do:

Be clear and direct about the purpose of your interview

Dress appropriately, treat it like a professional interview

Be prepared to talk briefly about your skills

Stay focused in your questions and be mindful of the time

Follow-up with a thank-you note

Don’t:

Ask for a job

Discuss you or your research at great length

Offer your C.V. unless they ask for a copy

Conducting Information Interviews

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network network network
Network, Network, Network
  • Develop a networking mindset:
    • Be curious, social and open-minded, overcome shyness
    • Schmooze with people you like, be genuine.
    • Find similarities in interests
    • Work on your interpersonal and telephone skills

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more networking
More Networking
  • Where do I start networking?
    • Who do you know?
      • Personal relationships
      • Professional relationships
      • Organizational affiliations
    • Other settings:
      • Career fairs
      • Professional associations and conferences

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finally increase your marketability
Finally:Increase Your Marketability

Extracurricular Activities

  • Take a leadership role in any club, sport or student association

Volunteer Work

  • Participate in any volunteer or political association that interests you

Career-related Work

  • Get a paid or unpaid job or internship in a career-related field – part-time or summer
    • McGill IYES Program; Industrial Practicum (IP)

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increase your marketability
Increase Your Marketability

Examples of Jobs/Internships

  • Research Assistant (see CAPS website)
  • Laboratory Assistant / Technician
  • Tutor
  • Assistant Pharmacist
  • Sales/Customer Service

Undertake Additional Training

  • During or after Graduation

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caps contact information
CAPS Contact Information:
  • Erick Curti – CAPS Career Advisor
    • 398-3304 ext. 0762
    • erick.curti@mcgill.ca
  • Gregg Blachford – CAPS Director
    • 398-2940
    • gregg.blachford@mcgill.ca
  • www.caps.mcgill.ca

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