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Top tips for getting the most out of attending our Bioscience Careers Day

Bioscience Careers Day is the perfect place to start thinking about your next steps after graduation.

Directions

Full directions to the Rickett Quadrangle on Hendon Campus are on the Middlesex University website and on the campus map pdf.

Preparing for the event

Bioscience Careers Day will put you in touch with learned societies, bioscience employers and research and development companies from across the UK. Make the most of the day by:

  • Researching the speakers and exhibitors ahead of time to see which ones operate in your area of interest
  • Bringing copies of your most up-to-date CV that mentions you are studying, or have graduated from, a Royal Society of Biology accredited degree
  • Dressing smartly to make a good first impression

Not sure what to ask?

This event is an opportunity to network with employers and those in different bioscience careers. Get the conversation going with some of the following questions:

  • How can I make my application stand out?
  • What support and training opportunities does your organisation offer?
  • Why is Society membership worthwhile for students?
  • What do you look for in a student or graduate employee?
  • Can you tell me about your role and what attracted you to it?
  • What work experience do you expect your graduates to have?
  • What was your first job after you graduated?

Practice interviews

Sign up on the day for one of the few remaining time slots to practice your interview technique in front of industry professionals.

These 10 minute practice interviews are an opportunity to gain quick feedback on your interview technique and communication skills. The interviewer will establish the area of biology you would like to enter (e.g. ecology, science communications, policy, general, etc) and ask some general questions about how the skills from your degree can be used in this hypothetical role.

Our interviewers will be looking for both academic and soft skills such as organisation and time-management skills; ability to multi-task and work to deadlines; communication skills; writing skills and more. They will also ask some generic competency based questions to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Speed networking

 This quick fire session is your opportunity to meet with some of our speakers and quiz them on how they got into their chosen field. Have a read through their biographies to see if there is anything you would like to know more about and ask on the day.

Career advice

We have loads of great resources, tips, and practical advice on our website about job hunting, making applications and planning your career. Our resources are designed to help you as progress through university and beyond, whether you choose to enter employment or postgraduate education.

Stay in touch

Hear from other students, speakers and exhibitors and keep up to date with what’s going on at the event #RSBcareersDay