Are you looking to take the first steps, after your degree, into a career in biology?
A careers cafe run by Bangor University gave the floor to four alumni, in a variety of biological jobs;
- Bethan Wynne Jones- Ecosystem and Climate Change Officer at Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri
- Dawn Thomas- Living Seas Awareness Officer, North Wales Wildlife Trust
- Graham French- Director of PGCE Secondary at Bangor University
- Jon Cannon- Process Science Manager at Dwr Cymru
Bethan outlined the key aspects of how she succeeded in achieving her career target of an Ecosystem and Climate Change Officer, since leaving University.
Lecturers can become Contacts
The key points Bethan found was that her tutor and lecturers actually became her best contacts after finishing University. Securing a job at her dissertation tutor’s company CELW Ltd, that gave her that extra experience before applying for further volunteer posts.
Volunteering is Important
Dawn Thomas had to volunteer around her subject field, from squirrels to birds, which she found to be a key aspect of her being the pole candidate for her desired job as a Living Seas Awareness Officer.
A great place to go for fantastic volunteering opportunities you will enjoy is the wildlife trusts.
Keep an Open Mind to Opportunities
Graham French expressed to us how he was able to incorporate his favourite activities (Outdoor hobbies) and his passion for teaching. He outlined that he achieved this by listening to advice presented by his tutor and being able to say YES to opportunities when they presented themselves.
Keep an Eye Open for Graduate Schemes
Jon Cannon was originally studying crocodilians in Menai bridge but eventually ended up as a Science officer in Welsh waters. Although on the surface this seems to be a dramatic change in careers, all is not as it appears.
Jon from his studies was able to travel and become involved in freshwater studies that gave him a wealth of experience and understanding of water quality. He is now with Welsh waters running a graduate program that picks up students every year.
The key points I found is that your degree alone might not be able to get you everywhere you wanted. So volunteering and being able to say YES to every opportunity you get will supply vital support on your CV.
It has also shown to me that the job market for biological jobs is a lot more varied than previously thought. With companies that you may not expect to need biological scientists actively seeking us. Therefore the appearance to look more proffesional on every social platform has now become an imperative for me to amend.
Just incase my dream job does an assessment of me.
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