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Is it possible to get a science job without a degree?

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Getting a science job without a degree might sound difficult. Perhaps you decided that university wasn’t right for you. Or maybe you studied a non-scientific subject at university. But you still have this curiosity about the science world. You want to contribute to the progression of science in some way. Well, there are options for you out there. In this blog post, there are a collection of articles which have some useful information for someone who wants to get a science job without a degree. E…

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Do I need a PhD to have a successful career?

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As a science graduate, there is a point where you will ask yourself whether you need a PhD or not. This is likely to occur during your undergraduate studies, but may also come up later on. The reason you ask yourself this question might be because you want to pursue a path which you think requires further study. You may also think that the more ‘qualified’ you are, the more employable you are. Or, you may just not know what to do next apart from study further. When I was doing my Biology degree,…

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Environmental Science Careers for Science Graduates

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Many science graduates want to pursue environmental science careers. You might have a degree in environmental science, ecology, zoology, biology or chemistry. Perhaps you specialised in environmental science modules within your more general science degree. Or maybe you spent time volunteering for a conservation charity whilst studying and realised its where you want your career to be. You might be wondering what options you have with an undergraduate degree, and whether you have to pursue furthe…

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4 resources to help you get a data science job

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Getting a data science job is a hot topic right now since it’s one of the career paths that is growing in popularity. The demand for knowledge of data science is increasing in most industries, not just tech firms. An increasing number of roles involve analytics. These skills are also valued in roles that don’t directly fall under the data science label. More and more decision-making in organisations is data-driven. Understanding and using data is therefore always valued as a skill. You may want …

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Create Your Onboarding Experience When Starting a New Job

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When starting a new job, you might join a company that has a formal induction or onboarding programme. However, not all companies do this, and you may find yourself having to figure things out yourself. This can be daunting when you are trying to settle into somewhere new and learn a new role, as well as get to the know the people you are working with. The quality of onboarding experiences also varies according to a few factors. This includes the company, your manager and whether there are depar…

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Making a Decision When You Have Multiple Job Offers

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To have multiple job offers is a position we all want to be in. I’m sure if you’re early in your job search, it seems like a dream to have more than one offer. So what happens if you do find yourself in this position? At first, you might be filled with elation at the choice you have. Then you may realise that you actually have to make quite a tough decision! This situation presents it’s own challenges like FOMO (fear of missing out), wanting to avoid regret, and wanting to make the best decision…

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What to Track When You Are Job Searching

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Job searching can seem like such a big task nowadays. We change jobs more often, so it seems like more of a regular occurrence in our lives. This means that having a system in place to manage our job search is now more important. The system doesn’t need to be complicated, but it’s worth having one in place to track key elements of your job search. I use a simple spreadsheet with the following elements to track my applications:

  1. Company

This is useful to track because if you are applying…

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How to Succeed at a Graduate Assessment Centre

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Succeeding at a graduate assessment centre is a common dream amongst many graduates who are looking for their next step. I have had multiple experiences of graduate assessment centres and can testify to how intense they can be! Unlike a single interview, they assess you from many different angles. Often, a graduate assessment centre includes elements such as a:

  • 1:1 interview
  • Panel interview
  • Presentation
  • Written test
  • Written exercise
  • Role play
  • Group exercise

It won’t necessarily inclu…

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How Can I Use My Science Degree in My Career?

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Through careers talks, online research, networking and informational interviews, I have discovered many ways to use my science degree in my career. When it first clicked that I didn’t want to pursue an academic career, it seemed like there was an empty space in front of me. I didn’t know what I could do as an alternative. It also frustrated me that my degree wouldn’t necessarily be useful if I didn’t become a scientist. Luckily, my drive to discover ways I could use my science degree opened up m…

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What Science Communication Jobs Are Out There?

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Science communication jobs are an increasingly popular field for science graduates to explore. This is the case for those with a bachelor’s degree or PhDs who want to make a career change. There is also more emphasis for scientists to communicate their work as part of their duty to the public. Science communication can be an exciting field to work in and often attracts those with a science background. It offers the chance to use your degree in a different way, and the opportunity to work in inte…

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