So you are a first year student, and you just got out of high school. Your parents, your neighbours, your friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousins are all proud of you for studying in London, but you try to act cool whenever they tell you how bright your future will be. You are now enjoying life from the other side, away from your parents. You are having a few laughs with your newly found mates: fresher week, Guys’ bar, the fact that DNA on KCL’s original banner is not right-handed (thanks for the useful information Prof. Brian Sutton). However, after a few nights out, a strange voice pops up at the back of your head: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, but because you are too busy trying to get the number of that Italian girl from your tutorial group, you brush it aside and let your future-self deal with it.
Second year comes, and you feel much more mature than your first-year self. After all you have just moved to a new apartment with your mates. And even though you guys promise to not party as much as first year, deep down you know otherwise. So you just go with the flow through the school year, and even though that strange voice starts to appear more often, you try to silence it with more booze and Netflix and chill.
Now is your third year. It’s 1 in the morning and you are sitting there with a half empty bottle of a cheap Sainsbury’s Sauvignon, scrolling through Facebook, laughing at your sell-out high school friends, for getting a job at JP Morgan and HSBC. However, the familiar nagging voice pops up again, but this time it awaits your answer. You realize how much you hate your past-selves for procrastinating, and you need a change.
Fear not, KCL BSA and Careers and Employability have some interesting suggestions for you this academic year, starting off with a Biotechnology Industry talk, but first you need to get a shower, and for those of you who are still sceptic and waiting for that faithful sign to change yourself, here it is:
On October 4th, three companies came to provide insights in Life Sciences careers, Immunocore, Oxford Biomedica and Segulah Consulting Limited, all of which are pioneers in their fields of biotechnology and biopharmaceutical. In case you have missed the talk, lovely staffs from the Career and Employability have provided us with a few words on what are the advantages and some these companies’ tips on how to get into the industry. You can also follow the links to see more of these companies’ works.
3 Highlights from the Biotechnology Industry Panel October 4th 2016
1. Shape the future - working In Biotech means being part of a growth industry where there is no set model to follow. It’s an environment that rewards focus and commitment and presents many challenges along the way. It’s for those who are tenacious, engaged and love to collaborate. Look to developments in gene and cell therapy, epigenetics and immunotherapies for examples of where the growth (and therefore job opportunities!) are. One of the speakers was Director of Translational Research at Immunocore. More about their work here
2. Make your own luck – each of the industry experts recommended current students to be bold about making connections with people already working and/or researching in fields that interest them. Their suggestions were to act early, use LinkedIn, Eventbrite and all opportunities to find opportunities to make connections. They really meant it – as they were generous with their time after the event to talk with individual students. So don’t be put off by long job titles and impressive PhDs. They mentioned collaborating and giving back as being part of what they and others enjoy about their work. The Life and Health Science Careers Event on 22nd November (hosted at the amazing Crick Institute) will be a great opportunity to act on this advice. Booking details are here to have the chance to meet Unilever, GSK and many, many more.
3. It’s just fascinating – the ideas being explored and brought to clinical trial are intriguing, as are the issues which surround the public and regulatory responses to them. Two speakers used great slides to share what they do and how it works. You can find those here, along with speaker profiles from the event.
Ultimately, if you are still interested in improving your future, Careers and Employability have some more events during the years for you to come, the full list is below. Remember to put on your diary the next event on 25th October 1630-1800 Pharmaceutical Industry: Inside & Outside the Lab, which will be held at Waterloo Campus, FWB 1.62.
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