As a final year masters student, it’s not long now before I say goodbye to the University of Sheffield and finally join ‘the real world’ – a daunting prospect indeed! It may be fantastic still being a student nevertheless it seems you can never escape that question… “so what are you going to do when you leave university?”. To some it may be an easy answer, but to others it can be a nail-biting reminder of the uncertain future that they face. At a time when the media focus on unemployment, leaving university and entering the working world seems more of a challenge than ever.
So where do you start? If you are like me and are considering a career in biology, luckily you have a lot of options to choose from; working as a lab technician, environmental consultant, science teacher, bio-scientist, conservation officer, scientific journalist and toxicologist to name but a few. There is also the option of entering further education and opting for another 3-5 years of studying as a postgraduate.
However, if you’re also like me and can’t decide exactly what job you would like to do, then this vast array of options can seem a little overwhelming. The good news is that a science degree offers an excellent set of transferable skills that employers like, such as: problem solving skills; advanced communication skills; computer literacy; numerical skills; practical and analytical skills. So all that time spent in the lab, giving presentations and sitting at the computer learning new programmes, certainly pays off in the end!
So for now I’m still exploring all my options, keeping in mind what I’ve learnt at my time at university so far, and hoping to find the right career for me!
Eleanor (Student Blogger)
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