Careers- where to start? – OurWarwick

Careers- where to start?

Now that I am in my final year of uni (yikes!), my attention has recently become more focused upon my career plans, a subject that is dreaded by many students. The task of thinking about what career you may do can feel rather overwhelming when you consider the vast number of careers out there. I recommend the website Prospects, which provides a lot of information on what you can do with your degree, and gives accounts of various roles. It was from here that I first became interested in careers in Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Research. 

Careers support at Warwick

  • The Careers & Skills run drop in sessions to get your CV checked, have a practice interview, or to start thinking about what career paths you may want to pursue.
  • There are Careers Fairs and presentations, either large ones that are open to everyone and include a range of career sectors, or be more specific to particular sectors- for example, a fair on the Public Sector. Sometimes there are talks- I attended a talk delivered by a graduate on the AstraZeneca Operations programme. I would encourage anyone to attend these events as it is very insightful to hear about what a typical day is like in any career. 

Careers Support For Life Sciences 

  • We have our very own careers advisor, with whom we can make appointments, regardless of what stage in the career planning you are at. 
  • There are career talks just held for Life Sciences students, usually held about twice a term on Wednesdays. The employees come from a wide range of careers paths: I have attended talks by employers of Mars, TOPRA (The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs), Public Health England, Syngenta (an agribusiness), to name a few. I am still open to considering new career paths and will be going to the upcoming talks.

Applying for graduate schemes and graduate jobs

  • Last week, our careers advisor delivered a talk to the final years on applying for jobs, giving us useful tips such as on interviews. It was useful that he distinguished between Graduate Schemes and Graduate jobs, as I now appreciate that there are some advantages of going into a graduate job over the competitive but highly reputable graduate schemes. 
  • I have been applying to graduate schemes myself and have appreciated that the application process is tough. If you are considering graduate schemes, my advice is to apply as soon as possible as the companies look at applications on a rolling basis. The application forms will most likely include questions on why you want to work for the company and why you would be the best person for the job. There will usually be some tests, perhaps situational, numerical or abstract reasoning tests, and it is essential that you practice first. After these, there may be a video interview stage and the final stage is an Assessment Centre. 

It is reassuring knowing that there are so many people who I can talk to about my career plans, and give me guidance. I am finding the process exciting because I am learning about lots of careers that I had never heard of, but it is of course somewhat alarming that before long, I will have finished my time in education! Until next time 🙂

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