How to Succeed as a Young Biomedical Scientist

The Health sector is evolving at a breakneck pace and there are a host of rewarding possibilities associated with the biomedical science field. Biomedical science is probably one of the most diversified fields you can enter with a single degree. The opportunities span across biomedical science, biotechnology, forensic science, clinical biochemistry, genomics, hematology, immunology, microbiology, and toxicology.

Within those fields, there is a vast number of employment opportunities and career paths to explore. You can pursue a commercial career in something like product development/research, or go for something more legislative in nature such as working with a public health organisation. Further lecturing, research, and academic publishing is also another option should you want to continue in the educational side of things in a professional sense.

Let’s now take a look at how you can encounter a position within this massive industry.

Choose the Right Graduate Program

Who are you to know which graduate program best suits your needs? While it is always good to speak with a student adviser, be sure to leverage the tools found within online portals such as GradSchools.com. You can perform detailed searches based on the state, the degree and the school in question if you’re based in the US.

In the UK there are options such as looking into the prospects.ac.uk which detail exactly what employers are best to look into, which organisations are actively running grad schemes and how to get into these jobs.

Find the Appropriate Laboratory

Unlike some other medical fields, those who specialize within the field of biomedical sciences will spend a significant amount of time within laboratory settings. This will enable you to develop the hands-on experience required once you encounter a real-world position. So, be careful when choosing the appropriate laboratory. What have previous students said about the settings? Will you be exposed to the latest technology? Is it possible to become a student teacher if you possess the right qualifications? These and other questions are important to answer.

Your work and findings are a complete reflection of your capabilities when looking for biomedical science jobs. Therefore you want to make sure that the back-end setup of your work and research is completely sound.

If you were to start in a new position and not have the necessary experience (or have learned bad traits/habits) it could be detrimental to your future success.

Find a Mentor

There are many benefits associated with finding a mentor. This professional will be able to provide you with guidance along the way and perhaps more importantly, he or she will help you to hone your vision. In fact, you might even be exposed to areas within biochemistry that cause you to change your ultimate goals. Either way, mentors are great role models and they can often develop into good friends over the years.

You need to remember that there are many people willing to mentor young talent, as they were just starting out as well one day. The science fields have always relied heavily on mentoring and nobody should be too proud to seek one out.

Hone Your Skills as Well as Your Research Papers

Many biochemistry students tend to focus heavily upon papers and dissertations. There is no doubt that such efforts are important and being published could very well help you land a future dream job. However, even the most copious amount of research will not provide you with the necessary skill sets when you begin working for a company. So, make it a point to secure an internship at the earliest possible date. Ask your friends for advice and as previously mentioned, your mentor can offer similar guidance.

All About the Perspiration and Hard Work

The sky is the limit, whether you hope to become involved with nanotechnology or you are instead focusing upon genetic engineering, there are a wealth of options at your disposal. Patience is, therefore, a virtue and be prepared to work hard. This is a very selective field and not everyone will make the cut. With effort, hard work and dedication, you can bridge the gap between a far-off dream and a rewarding reality.

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