How do I get my foot in the door of the Life Sciences industry?

Posted Déc 4, 2019

Are you a recent graduate finding it difficult to get your foot in the door of the Life Sciences industry?

Newly qualified, ready to start your career in the Life Sciences sector and finding **Industry experience required** on most of your job searches?
At LSC we’ve talked to many graduates over the years who are facing this frustration, so we’ve put together some information to help you narrow the experience gap, bulk up your CV and prepare you for a move from academia to industry! If you haven’t already done so, try the below:

Graduate programs: Call to your college careers office to see if they have a list of relevant companies that run graduate programs (If not, take initiative and do your own research!). Keep an eye out for college career events and presentations as companies often come to the college to recruit directly from the final year class.

Summer jobs: Use your summer jobs as an opportunity to get relevant work experience. Push the boat out and apply to work in an office or industrial facility. You may not find a job directly related to your area of study but aim to gain transferable skills which will strengthen your CV. Don’t be afraid to use your network of family, friends, lecturers or anyone that may be able to help you out in this regard!

College projects: Many final year projects offer an opportunity to work on real problems with industrial partners. Ensure your project is sized appropriately and yields results. It is better to have a project with a solid outcome and follow on actions, rather than a highly technical report which doesn’t deliver any tangible outcomes or actions for the business.

Join an industry society or group related to your area of interest. By joining these societies and professional organizations you get an opportunity to attend technical events to increase your knowledge, grow your industry network and learn about  upcoming opportunities in the industry both locally and globally. (See list of recommended organizations at the bottom of this blog!)

Industry placement: Many third level courses now offer a work placement. If you have participated in this make sure to highlight this on your CV. It will be one of the first things that a hiring manager will look at when considering a graduate CV!

TOP 3 TIPS: If you’re lucky enough to get practical placement as part of your studies!

1. Volunteer for jobs others don’t want to do / get involved in programmes like a health and safety initiative which will add extra content to your CV.
2.Use your breaks to network and learn more about the company from more experienced personnel – you never know who will be your future boss!
3.If you have a technical/scientific qualification, ensure you capture the equipment names, software packages and processes that you worked on during placement – this will help for future interviews.

Finally, best of luck with your new career. It’s an exciting time to be part of this thriving sector and we hope we’ve helped you get a head start on it.
If you want more useful information and to keep up with the latest news, events and opportunities in the  Life Sciences CLICK BELOW TO  SIGN  UP  TO THE LSC NEWSLETTER TODAY!

Think about joining a group that is relevant to you below.
International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)
International Society of Automation (ISA)
Engineers Ireland (EI)
Bioconnect Ireland
Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) 

Attend Industry related training and events through the following industry bodies, and if  possible register for their newsletters.
PMTC (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre)
SSPC (Synthesis and Solid-state Pharmaceutical Centre)
NIBRT (National Institute for Biotech Research and Training)
Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA Springboard & Skillnet)
Innopharma Education