How to be well informed about working in life science

I want to work in the life science industry: How do I become more commercially aware?

As a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher, you may be considering a job in the life science industry. Without any previous industry experience, it can be an uphill struggle to show that you understand the sector, how it works, and how they make their money. This knowledge is known as commercial awareness and can take some time to develop. Often, it is developed once you are in a sector, as you become familiar with how the organisation works.  However, many employers want you to illustrate that you have commercial awareness on your CV and in an interview. It is therefore worth doing some research and trying to gain a little more expertise in this area. It will make a big difference to your chances of securing an industry job.

Here are four tips on how to do this:

 Hang out where industry people hang out!

Membership organisations such as OBN, OBR and OneNucleus often organise networking events where you can learn about current trends in life science and meet people from industry. Go along to an event, update your knowledge of the sector and speak to people about their jobs. It sounds obvious but networking within academic circles will not improve your understanding of how industry works.

Understand the sector

The life science sector has undergone a lot of changes over the last 20 years, with new business models evolving. Do your research to understand what is happening e.g. new business models now means that research and development happens within a range of organisations such as biopharmaceutical companies, medical technology companies, contract research organisations and not for profits.

Begin your research by reading online publications and following relevant people and organisations on Twitter e.g. The Government Office for Life Science. The following articles also give an overview of the life science sector in both the UK and globally, respectively:

Enter life science business competitions

There are several competitions that can help scientists learn about the commercialisation of research, which is an important part of developing commercial awareness. Try to enter such competitions as they often provide some training as well as exposure to industry experts.

 Get some work experience

This is difficult to achieve whilst continuing to do your research. You are already in a full-time job, after all! Some researchers take annual leave and some work at the weekends to broaden their expertise.  If potential work experience will benefit your current research or your PI, it might be possible to organise some time away from the laboratory.

Here are a few ideas for gaining work experience that will improve your commercial awareness:

  • Look out for part-time work opportunities doing consultancy work. These are sometimes posted on the Kings College London Graduate School Blog. Also look at the OBR website or Freshminds for occasional consultancy opportunities.
  • Sign up to the Kings Research Consultancy where you have the chance to work with an external organisation on a topic that relates to your research.
  • Look out for part-time work opportunities or project based work that can be done alongside your research. Look at Kings JobOnline for such opportunities and look for roles that have a business or commercial focus.
  • Keep up to date with business issues that relate to King’s researchers, by subscribing to and reading the Kings College London Graduate School Blog. Search in the ‘Business’ category on the right-hand side.

Many thanks to Dr. Tracy Bussoli for this guest blog. Find more about Tracy here.

Work After Studies Webinars

Do you have questions about working in the UK after study?

Working In The UK After Study: Tier 4 Visa Holders: March 20th , 14.00

This webinar is aimed at students on a UK Tier 4 visa who are considering working in the UK after their studies. It will look at the current immigration rules and regulations for Points Based System routes, including Tier 2 (General), Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange). We will also discuss employability and career planning in this context. Connect to the webinar here: https://thecareersgroup.adobeconnect.com/ukworkafterstudy/

 Work and PhD level research in the UK: Tier 4 Visa Holders: March 23, 14:00

This webinar is aimed at students on a UK Tier 4 visa who are considering working in the UK after their studies, with particular relevance to those on a PhD course. It will look at the current immigration rules and regulations for Points Based System routes, including Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) and Tier 2 (General). Connect to the webinar here: https://thecareersgroup.adobeconnect.com/ukworkanddoctoralextensionschemeforoverseasgrads/

 

 

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering Part-time Work alongside your Degree? Wanting to Develop New Skills through a Paid Internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

For more information about King’s CareerConnect please see here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/careers/about/CareerConnect/CareerConnect.aspx

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering Part-time Work alongside your Degree? Wanting to Develop New Skills through a Paid Internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

Can’t find anything you’re interested in? Why not look here: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/vacancies/vacancymenu.asp, for more opportunities!

If you have a question about the King’s Internships Schemes and wish to talk to one of the King’s Internships team in person, you can come along to one a King’s Internships drop-in session.

At the Drop-Ins, the King’s Internships team can help you by:

  • Explaining the different stages of the King’s Internships application process and how the programme works;
  • Advising on what you can do to help your application stand out;
  • Answering questions regarding specific internship opportunities advertised on the King’s Internships portal;
  • Providing general advice around how to find an internship, through King’s Internships or via different channels.

 

 

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering Part-time Work alongside your Degree? Wanting to Develop New Skills through a Paid Internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you – there is a variety of positions available including marketing, editorial and engagement.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

Can’t find anything you’re interested in? Why not look here: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/vacancies/vacancymenu.asp, for more opportunities!

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering Part-time Work alongside your Degree? Wanting to Develop New Skills through a Paid Internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

Can’t find anything you’re interested in? Why not look here: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/vacancies/vacancymenu.asp, for more opportunities!

 

 

 

Qualitative Evaluation Assistant for Arts and Health Innovation

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced qualitative health researcher, to assist with interviews and surveys for the evaluation of an innovative performance and digital resource on living with cancer.

The Role

The research student will be required to:

  • Theme the survey responses (there is also room for the researcher to input into the design of the survey)
  • Conduct 5 x 20 minute interviews, face to face or by telephone
  • Write up the survey responses and interviews as a report

Person Specification

  • You need to be a Post-Graduate student or similar
  • Have experience of:
    • Conducting sensitive qualitative interviews in a health setting
    • Theming qualitative surveys
    • Producing concise reports for a non-academic audience using qualitative data

How to Apply & More Details

35 hours of work are needed between January and March 2017. The post will start on 20th January 2017. The appointee will be paid £16.85 per hour.

To apply for the post please submit your CV and a Cover Letter explaining your suitability for the role either via the Talent Bank system or by emailing amy.c.brown@kcl.ac.uk by the 9th January 2017.

For full details, please click here.

Internship Opportunities Available for Postgraduates

Considering part-time work alongside your degree? Wanting to develop new skills through a paid internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students! Please see the list below to see what opportunities interest you – there is a variety of positions available including marketing, communications and public affairs.

Make sure that you read through the eligibility criteria carefully and apply as directed through the advertisement.

Good luck!

Management and Marketing Internship, Blue Marble Private: Part Time – Deadline 18th November

Business Development Internship, Knots Rugs: Part time – Deadline 23rd November

Public Affairs Internship, Political Intelligence: Part/Full Time – Deadline 27th November

Marketing Internship, Burrito Kitchen: Part Time – Deadline 28th November

Marketing and Communications Internship, Baishe: Part time – Deadline 30th November

Customer Experience & Account Management Internship, ClickMechanic: Part time – Deadline 30th November

Personal Learning Coach, iCADEMIA: Part time – Deadline 11th December

Can’t find anything you’re interested in? Why not click here for more opportunities!

Booking careers one-to-one appointments for PhD students – new self-service system

As a Phtime-430625_640D student you are now able to book your own one-to-one appointments with Donald Lush, our specialist careers PhD advisor, via the King’s Careers and Employability website.

Full instructions are here and here. If you have problems with the system or any questions, please feel free to call or email using the Careers and Employability contacts here.

If you don’t need an in-depth one hour career discussion you may wish to book an appointment with one of our other advisors – for example to get your CV checked or have a cover letter or application reviewed.

For the moment, research staff should continue to use the email or phone contacts above to book one-to-one sessions with Kate Murray.

We look forward to seeing you!

NEW Research Consultancy project with Partizan International

Founded in 2002, Partizan is a company that specialises in patient engagement and patient support services. They help healthcare manufacturers and other health service providers connect with the end users of their products to deliver a wide range of better health outcomes.

Partizan has a concept for a new way to diagnose vitamin and mineral deficiencies and help people determine which supplements they should be buying / consuming. This new concept could fulfill a massive unmet need that people buy and consume an enormous amount of nutritional and vitamin / mineral supplements they do not need. Furthermore, some people are at risk of over-supplementation because there is simply no widely available and affordable test they can do to help guide their purchasing / consumption.

Partizan requires someone to research the opportunity, evaluate the evidence / pro’s & con’s of this diagnostic approach and evaluate the overall feasibility of commercializing this new concept. The project is estimated to run for 2 days a week on a 4 – 8 week basis. The consultant will be paid £125 – 150 per day.

Partizan are willing to accept applications from students from any background, but experience in healthcare / life sciences, pharmacy, behavioural psychology, marketing etc. may be beneficial.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/Vacancies/VacancyDetails.asp?VacancyID=4813. The deadline is 23:59 on Wednesday 6 July 2016.

Please contact careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk or call 0207 848 1376 if you have any questions.