Bsc Life Science Career Plan, 10 Things You Must Do during Bsc Degree
Today we’re going to talk about 10 Things You Must Do during BSc Degree. What you must do while you are doing your B.sc or B.tech degree in Life Science. What strategies you must take up during this stage of your career. To brief up you are going to read about what should be your Bsc Life Science Career Plan. What is important here to notice is, if you don’t plan now then you’re actually planning to fail. So read on to explore about the top 10 things which you must be doing during a Bachelor’s which will pave the way, which would lay the foundation for your career in life sciences.
Remember, these tips are very, very important. They may sound at times pretty obvious, but that is why you are not able to follow and that’s what will be responsible for taking your career down the drain. It’s very, very important at this juncture to lay the right foundation if you want the perfect building to come up. So let’s begin.
1. Start Reading
You have been reading tons of books in the library since your school days, everybody does. But now is the time, to make the best use of your college library. Trust me, its the best place to learn at peace. No doubt you have internet at your fingertips now, why not browse for books and read online. Of course, you can do that as well. The main thing here is, how do you document what you are reading in your brain. Start making smart notes start utilizing the best of the books available in your college library. Make notes, memory maps, Mind Maps, memory milestones, which will be helpful in recalling what you read. Spend at least five hours per week in the library as soon as your classes are over. Start reading standard reference books, refer to what has been taught today and try to make it better, make your concepts better.
2. Armor yourself with lab skills
Now pretty obvious again, everybody gets to do a lot of lab work during their coursework, in bachelors as well as masters, but early on in your life, in your career, if your lab skills are perfect, then only you can proceed forward in your research career. Right from how do you handle a burette or a pipette, how you take readings, how you plot a graph and analyze those readings. Everything comes out of this and that means do not copy Practical record from the class topper, instead write one on your own, innovate on your own. Remember, it’s your career, not your friend’s career. So how can you just copy? I know it’s boring, it may sound boring at times. But if you develop correct, accurate lab skills from now itself, if you know how to handle glassware stuff, if you know how to operate the machines which are there in your course, which may not be there in the course but still exists in the lab, you are actually proofing your career. You must ask more questions to your lab instructor or teacher or professor who would guide you, Even they would take interest if you show interest. So that’s very, very important here, lab skills are a must.
3. Your hunt for Jobs should begin right away
Yes, you heard it right! Start looking for jobs right from your first year of bachelor’s. You will ask now why to search for jobs now itself? Let me complete my degree at least! The answer to this question is, we all are misguided missiles if we don’t know what we have to do set and if we don’t set a target, a goal for yourself. So as a bachelor degree holder, if you don’t know which way to go, definitely you are planning to fail. You must refer to Biotecnika website every day for at least an hour, browse through the jobs posted, look for newer job description and analyze them, understand what are the techniques, their usage & application. Trust me, If you know what kind of technologies and techniques are being asked today in the job, then only you can start planning for it. So by the time you finish your bachelor’s or master’s, you will know that you will have those skills and you will get employed easily.
4. Attend Webinars
Thankfully, it’s an era of the internet. Gone are the days when you need to travel to attend Seminars. Webinars have been trending lately and are super convenient to attend, You just need a laptop and an internet connection with decent speed. All these webinars are going to help you enrich your knowledge. Top Biotech companies like Thermo Fisher, Bayer, Millipore Sigma, Waters, regularly conduct webinars on the latest trending technologies in Biotech filed. Most of the webinars are free and that means it’s a free license to gain more knowledge. Remember, Today’s learning is going to be the earning of the future and that means learning should never stop and the best time of your life is bachelor’s. Whether you understand these webinars or not, irrespective of that still attend it, I am sure over a period you will master the funda behind them.
5. Take part in Biotech Workshops, Take up Certification Courses in the Biotech field
Biotecnika posts tons of paid & Free workshops regularly which is being conducted by various Biotech organizations & Institutes. It ranges from workshops on CRISPR techniques, NextGen sequencing, Patent Agent examinations, and other hands-on training techniques. You must attend these workshops because here you get a chance to interact with the speaker, you get a chance to gain a certification. When you come out of your bachelor’s and write these stuff on your resume, your prospective employer will definitely get impressed. So apart from your regular coursework, Don’t forget to attend these workshops and certification courses and gain an advantage over your peers & classmates.
6. Participate in Conferences
Browse through and get a list of conferences being held in a city which is near to you or maybe in the city you are in. Just go ahead and attend those conferences. Even if you don’t understand 1% of the what the speaker says does not matter. You get to know a lot of things including people skills, interaction skills, how to speak and listening skills, presentation skills and much more. Also, you get a chance to interact with industry experts who are rather very busy and you may not get a chance to interact with them ever in your life. So a hundred percent attending a conference is a must. In fact, if you get a chance to volunteer for a brand, go ahead. The organizers will never come to you seeking help, rather you must do some background search, find out events & conferences being organized near you and seek an opportunity to present yourself as a volunteer. This way you get a chance to work from behind the scenes and that gives you a better understanding of how biosciences industry works.
Any precursor to a job, we call it an internship. Whether the internship opportunity is a paid or unpaid one do not hesitate in taking it up. Benefits of an internship are you get a chance to see and understand how things work at a Life Science company, you get a job training and definitely, if it’s a paid internship then somebody’s paying you to attend this internship. You will get a glimpse of the real Biotech Job world without actually getting into one. Most Internships last from a month to six months. And I’m sure you can always spare time for an internship, provided you have an interest in the topic of your internship.
8. Weave a network around you- Get into the loop
Networking is the success mantra if you want to land up with a job faster after completing your bachelor’s degree. Whether you’re on Biotecnika, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus networking is everywhere. If you know people in the industry beforehand using your networking skills, by the time you complete your bachelors or masters, you become employable instantly rather you will be able to seek advice from the real people in the real world. So start attending conferences and internships, register for webinars and workshops, all this will culminate in a effective networking. Go ahead, network with people who are working in the industry, Weave a network of Industry people around you, Look up to them as your mentor to guide you.
9. Read about the latest research findings in leading journals & publish papers
Now that obviously means that you have to sit across the library or the internet, read these journals and understand what they’re saying. Again, you may not understand 1% of it at that level, but still, it will make sense a little later in the future. Take help of your professors & mentors as much as possible. Some papers will help you understand how Academia works, how the Biotech industry works, how papers are published and how you can get into this global competition.
10. Start Exploring Postgraduate Opportunities
Most of the students in their Bachelor’s degree have no clue about what they have to do next after the course is complete. Either they lack vision, or they fail to chalk out a future career plan. Don’t just wait for your course to get complete, and then make a career plan. this way you are bound to fail and you will end up losing a lot of precious time of yours. During your bachelors only figure out your what is your field of interest. Whether you want to go into research or explore another domain.Whether you want to pursue your masters ahead or get into a job. List out skills in which you are good at & is of your interest. Do some research about it, like its scope, Job prospects etc, accordingly chalk out a plan.
If you want to go for higher studies, check out the top colleges which offer the course of your interest. Check the eligibility criteria & the admission procedure. If you want to go for a job after bachelors start applying for them right from your final year of bachelors. Leading Industry experts suggest you should do some sort of internship first, get an idea on first hand how the work is going to be and then jump in. Hence Plan accordingly.
You can even attempt various competitive Exams right after your bachelor’s degree like IIT JAM, UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam. Read more about these exams below :
- IIT JAM 2019 Official Notification
- Importance of IIT JAM For B.sc Biotech, B.tech Biotech Candidates
- UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam 2019 Exam Dates Announced
Here we are with your Bsc Life Science Career Plan and 10 Things You Must Do during BSc Degree. These are just a few points I have mentioned in order to aid you to take up right steps in the right direction for a bright research career. But remember it all starts and ends with your perception & vision! If you plan from day one, I promise there will be no looking back and you will have a great stable career ahead. All the best.