7 Alternative Career Paths for Scientists

What happens when you have worked so hard to get a science degree and even a Ph.D., only to realise that you don’t want to follow the expected research trajectory, and instead you want to try something new?

The good news is scientists are not confined to the lab anymore. In fact, candidates with a science degree and a science background are becoming increasingly desirable in other fields.

We’ve compiled a list of seven popular alternative career paths for scientists looking for a change.

 

  1. A career in scientific writing

Writing requires many of the same skills you learn whilst studying a science degree; analysing a lot of information and presenting it in a way that is easy to understand.

The best writers are the ones who know first-hand about the topics they discuss in their writing. Consequently, writers with a science background are always in high demand for scientific writing.

Writing opens up a world of opportunities including journalism and writing about science and science novelties for the general public, or technical writing and presenting science findings for patents and authority bodies.

Alternatively, if you love reading and writing, a science degree can help you get a job for a specialist publisher such as Bloomsbury Sigma or IOP, whether that be in production, editing or proof reading.

 

  1. Working in intellectual property law

If you are interested in the legal side of science, becoming a patent attorney could be an interesting option. Patent law is already a well-established career path for scientists, as companies recruiting trainee patent attorneys usually ask for a degree in science or another STEM subject. This is because to draft a patent, you need to understand the research and technology behind it.

 

  1. Turning to consultancy

Moving into consulting is another popular move for scientists looking for a more client-facing role.

Big consultancies such as BCG, Accenture and Deloitte will have a dedicated science department recruiting analytical candidates with science backgrounds, to head projects for clients in the science and clinical space. Alternatively, there are also opportunities at a number of specialist scientific consultancies like IQVIA and Alacrita.

 

  1. Working for a funding body

If working in an office seems more appealing than working in a lab, but you still want to stay up-to-date with the latest science news, then working in funding could be a great option. You might want to look at organisations such as Research Councils UK (for example, the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and the STFC) and major funding bodies like the Leverhulme Trust and the Wellcome Trust.

 

  1. Sales and marketing for Pharmaceutical companies

Why not explore different areas of the value chain, and look at jobs selling and promoting products, rather than creating them?

Being knowledgeable on the product you are selling is particularly useful when presenting products and answering client needs and questions. These jobs tend to be less about pure selling and more about becoming a product expert.

 

  1. Recruitment

If you enjoy using your people skills, then specialist recruitment companies like CK Science are always looking for recruitment consultants with science backgrounds.

Good knowledge of the science world helps recruitment consultants not only understand the jobs they are recruiting for, but also understand which skills are needed and which types of candidates would be better placed in each role.

 

  1. Teaching

Science teachers at all levels are in high demand right now in the UK, as great initiatives are being taken to close the current STEM skill gap. So, if you have a passion for science and sharing your knowledge, teaching might be something to consider.

Thinking of trying out something new? At CK we offer a range of different jobs for experts with a science background. Why not have a look at our jobs here or get in touch for recommendations.

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The benefits of using a specialised recruitment agency when applying for jobs

Finding the right job can be arduous for any one, and even more so when you work in a specialised industry or sector.

If you are searching for a job in the science and clinical industry, working with a specialised recruitment agency such as CK Group could be the solution to your job-hunting challenges. Here are some of the main benefits of using a specialised recruitment agency when applying for a new job.

 

Access to jobs and companies that are not always advertised

Surprisingly, only 30% of all new jobs are advertised.

However, recruiters working on behalf of multiple businesses at once are the first to know who will be hiring, even if the position isn’t advertised yet. Working with a recruitment agency can provide you with that insider information, giving you a head start.

By using CK Group as your recruitment specialist you will have access to a large array of job opportunities in the scientific, clinical and technical industries, from the top life science companies to the latest start-ups.

 

Recruiters can assist and advise you on your resume and application

Did you know that 59% of applications will be rejected based on poor grammar or spelling errors, and a further 50% of candidates will be rejected if their resume is full of clichés? If you want to get noticed it is highly important to get your resume spot on.

Recruitment agencies are experts at helping candidates with resumes and application forms. They understand exactly what hiring managers are looking for, and how to make you stand out from the crowd. They will provide you with constructive feedback, giving you the best possible chance of success.

 

Recruiters can help with your interview preparation

In a recent survey, 33% of hiring managers said they know whether they would hire someone in the first 90 seconds and 47% stated that they wouldn’t offer the job to a candidate if they had little knowledge of the company. It goes without saying that interview preparation is essential for successfully securing a role.

Recruitment agencies give you a great advantage in preparing for your interview.  Not only will they have more knowledge of the hiring companies’ cultures and job specifications than available to you online, they can also give you more of an understanding of what the companies expect when it comes to your application, interview and the hiring process.

 

A recruiter can save you time and energy

Searching and applying for jobs is a very time consuming and tedious process, especially if you are working full-time. With there being hundreds of jobs listed online, it can be a struggle knowing where to start. In a competitive job market, you may find yourself applying to jobs for a while before the right one comes around. According to the Department of Labour, the average job search takes an astonishing 10 months.

By having a large network of staffing consultants with hundreds of job openings on file, recruitment agencies can save you a huge amount of time; you will have only the most suitable jobs selected for your skill set, with interviews, inductions, reference checks and all other additional time-consuming tasks being arranged by the agency.

 

What happens once I get the job?

CK Group will be on hand throughout your job-hunting experience – and once you have successfully secured your job our support will continue. If you feel you need to negotiate your salary, CK will know what the company can or cannot afford and will be able to give you an idea of what other companies in the space are paying their employees, ensuring you get the highest salary possible. Paperwork and documentation will also be handled by your recruiter, guaranteeing everything is in place for your first day.

CK Group has built strong relationships with a client base that includes 26 of the world’s top 30 leading blue-chip organisations, as well as a multitude of SMEs and everything in between. We strive to be the best provider of staffing and outsourcing services for the science and technology community by providing an excellent experience for our candidates.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you in your job search, why not take a look at our website and register for CK+?

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New Year, New Job

The New Year often signals a sign for change, a new challenge or an exciting opportunity. It therefore isn’t a surprising that January is the most popular month to make a career move.

A survey by Gallup showed that 85% of workers worldwide admitted to not enjoying their jobs, with ‘lack of job satisfaction’ being cited as the number one reason for wanting to change roles.

If you are feeling the January blues and are particularly interested in a fulfilling career within the scientific and clinical industry, as with any goal the first step to success is organization and planning.

Here are our top five things you should consider whilst looking for your new job:

 

  1. Know what you are looking for

First and foremost, to ensure you find a job that satisfies you, you need to do a bit of introspection and understand what exactly you want to achieve from it. For example:

  • Are you wanting a change of career/industry or just a different position?
  • What interests you?
  • What skills and experience do you have to offer?
  • Would you be willing to re-train or go back to study to get the position you want?
  • How much responsibility are you willing to take on?

 

  1. Find a job which you will find rewarding, even when times are not so rosy

We spend a substantial portion of our life at work, a third of our lives to be exact. It is therefore important that you find your job enjoyable and rewarding.

However, chances are you will never love every aspect of your work – whether it’s the admin side of the job, the long hours or the people you work with. People who tend to focus on those negative areas rather than being grateful for the positives are more likely to feel depressed and discouraged. It is important you find a role that is professionally and personally rewarding, but it’s also important to remember to focus on the areas you like and not just those you don’t.

 

  1. Find a job that adds balance to your life

Your job and career are an important part of your life, they give you a sense of purpose and money to pay your bills and do things you enjoy. However, when looking for a new job it is important to consider the balance between work and play. For example, if you are currently very overwhelmed and stressed in your workplace, think about looking for a job with less responsibility, or flexible hours. Although this may result in a pay cut, it will improve your overall work-life balance.

 

  1. Find a job that offers the opportunity to learn and grow

A study by Quantum Workplace showed employees listed growth opportunity as one of their highest drivers of engagement. This could take the form of:

  1. Financial growth – increased income related to performance, or promotional opportunities
  2. Career growth – moving up the ranks in the organization, more significant duties, increased job titles
  3. Professional knowledge growth – ensuring you can increase your knowledge in your field

If these are important to you, when applying for a job remember to ask what the opportunities are for progression and training.

 

  1. Does the company culture fit your personality?

Company culture defines the environment in which employees work; some companies have a relaxed team-based culture, and some a strict corporate management style.

It is important to do your research about a company’s culture when job searching. This can be done by looking on sites such as Glassdoor for reviews.

You are much more likely to enjoy time in your workplace and have high job satisfaction if the company culture is one that you enjoy and can relate to.

 

  1. The company’s values align with yours

Many people these days favour a more meaningful career over the option of climbing the corporate ladder. To increase your job satisfaction, it is important that your personal values are in line with the company’s values. The best way to define this is to:

Step 1– Take time to identify your personal core values; what do you place importance on, what values do you dislike etc.

Step 2– Familiarize yourself with your organization’s values; what matters most to the firm, how do they treat employers, what area of the company do they invest most in.

Step 3– Create a plan; if there are certain attributes or values that are extremely important to you, ensure your workplace places importance on them too.

By following these steps, you will hopefully find a company with the same values as yourself, making life at work much more rewarding.

Many organizations start their recruitment process at this time of year, so it’s a great time to take stock and re-evaluate what you really want. By following our tips and advice, you can make sure you’re clear on what you want and be prepared to grab the opportunity when the right one comes around.

If you are aiming for a fresh start in your career in 2019 keep an eye on our job listings here . We can help you to kick-start your job search in the right way.

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