The Right Career Chemistry
A career in science offers the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of pioneering innovation. Anne Hollowday investigates the options for branching out beyond business and embracing your science degree in the real world.
Biology, chemistry and physics are the words most people offer when asked to expand upon their experience of science. The recounting of far-distant primary school memories often comes a close second. The dropping of objects into leaking inflatable pools, the running of cars down ramps and the collecting of bugs from particularly repugnant ponds is merely an introduction to the subject. It is a regrettable reality that this remains the extent of many people’s knowledge of this exhilarating, engrossing and enlightening field.
A career in science boasts a wealth of opportunities for graduates. Following the closure of several science departments in leading English universities there has been a reduction in the number of science graduates. This shortage highlights the fact that if you’re a science graduate, you are in possession of some extremely in demand skills and knowledge.
Jobs as research scientists in laboratories and hospitals are abundant. They demand a high level of aptitude and commitment to further study, yet, can provide immense satisfaction due to involvement in pioneering innovation. Scientific journals, magazines and broadcasts are also a popular draw for science graduates. The combination of technical wizardry and the precise communication skills required for journalism, is often viewed as the perfect compromise between business and science.
Many major scientifically focused companies worldwide value science graduates for their vast command of knowledge and expertise. As such, positions in team management, marketing and buying are also available which marry business and commercial acumen with precise scientific knowledge.