Download for free Report this document. Tips for the biology students or recent graduates. Thousands of students graduate from university each year. The lucky few have the rest of their lives mapped out in perfect detail but for most, things are not nearly so simple. Armed with your hard-earned degree, the possibilities and career paths lying before you are limitless, and the number of choices you suddenly have to make can seem bewildering. Life After Biological Sciences has been written specically to help students currently studying, or who have recently graduated, make informed choices about their future lives.
It will be a source of invaluable advice and wisdom to graduates whether you wish to use your degree directly or not , covering such topics as: Identifying a career path that interests you Seeking out an opportunity that matches your skills and aspirations Staying motivated and pursuing your goals Networking and self-promotion Making the transition from scholar to worker Putting the skills you developed at university to good use in life.
The Life After series of books are more than simple career guides. They are unique in taking a holistic approach to career advice recognising the increasing view that, although a successful working life is vitally important, other factors can be just as essential to happiness and fullment. They are the indispensible handbooks for students considering their future direction in life. Sally Longson is a life coach and well-known writer and media commentator in the eld of careers. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.
Includes bibliographical references and index. Art Vocational guidance. College graduates Vocational guidance. Title: Practical guide to life after your degree. Title N L66 ISBN Master e-book ISBN Contents Preface vii 1 Decisions, decisions 1 2 Creating your career 14 3 Working out the how to 33 4 Connecting with your network: the worlds a network 47 5 Hunting out that right opportunity 63 6 Proving yourself: from scholar to worker 78 7 Promoting yourself 94 8 Whats stopping you? Make it happen! You plot your next move, you fall into it, or someone makes you fall into it.
Life is continually like a game of chess, but checkmate the end result is entirely where you or someone else decides it is to be. You can plan to move forward and make progress, or you can feel like a pawn, moved around a board at someone elses bidding. As you read this page, look out across the blue sea and skies before you and cast your mind and eyes to the opportunities beyond them. Life lies before you like a huge ocean. The question is, where are you headed next? Who and what do you want on board? Where will your future port be?
Opportunities abound for the biological sciences graduate in a world full of discovery and the quest for knowledge and its application to business, life, communities, the planet, people and animals. You could be working on a research project which takes you to meetings and conferences in Stockholm, San Francisco and Shanghai, working with like-minded people, comparing notes, exchanging ideas, sharing frustrations, hopes and excitement. Collaboration, team work, autonomy, responsibility, the search for answers the scientist has an exciting career ahead indeed. The knowledge economy in many countries is growing, with clusters of companies, spin-offs, national health authorities such as the National Health Service NHS in the UK, local government, research institutes, government agencies, health organisations, the water, agricultural and environmental industries, conservation charities, and more, all looking to recruit biological science graduates who can work well in a team, meet deadlines, communicate to those who have no knowledge or understanding of science, and use the skills they have to discover, research, amaze and track down answers.
The stock of biological science students, certainly in the UK, is projected to increase by The Sector Skills Development Agency report Working Futures projects that there will be an 18 per cent increase in science and technology professionals, and a 30 per cent increase for associate professionals. The increased demand for science and technology professionals in the UK will, in part, be due to expansion but also to replace those staff who are retiring or leaving the profession for other reasons. And of course, the science, engineering and technology sectors need young people to come through, excited and enlivened by what they have been taught at school, college and university, and also by the way they have been taught.
Teachers, tutors and lecturers play a key role in producing the scientists of tomorrow, and therein lies opportunity for the person who can inspire, excite, enthuse and lead others. Our world needs you to help bring on the future scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists of tomorrow. The profession also needs those strong in communication so that the rest of us can understand the implications of research, discovery and development, and deal with them accordingly.
Many enter professional services where their knowledge of science will be invaluable to a future employer and will complement their work nicely. Elsewhere, if you choose to leave your scientic knowledge behind and move to fresh elds, your drive to be meticulous, thorough and accurate, and to question and resolve will be appreciated by many employers.
Having a degree does not guarantee having a good job. Nothing in life guarantees you a job. You may experience stints of lower level work in retail, leisure and tourism, and administration, as sales assistants, waiters and administrators, and nd yourself wondering what university was for. The key to success is to keep your head, and put your career and life desires rmly at the forefront of your mind, focus and efforts.
There is expected to be a signicant increase in the numbers of managers, professional occupations, association professional and technical occupations, and personal service occupations, especially in teaching, research and science, business and public service. Those who persist in striving for a career and a viii Preface life will succeed in their efforts; those who give up will have a lesser quality life than they could have and deserve. You may land yourself a job, but if you want a great job you need to put in persistent effort to think long term and not just to pay day, and to give back and contribute rather than take.
Like any relationship in life, a career needs nurturing. Whatever stage you have reached, you are at a great time to assess your life and what you want out of it. Use the exercises in this book to help you determine just that. A career is only part of life there are a whole host of other things which are important too, such as relationships, nance and lifestyle. The main emphasis of this book will be on career and work, but you can transfer many of the tips and advice regarding those on to other segments of life.
While you were at university, you chose to head straight out of those zones you normally felt comfortable in. You tested yourself in every aspect of life, and enjoyed it. It is time to leave that comfort zone again and take risks to move on and make the most of your life ahead. Lets get started.
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Download the full module specification. The module provides opportunities for students to form an understanding of interdisciplinary practice, introducing students to some of the approaches, methodologies and strategies for making work in a studio context. It also requires the student to consider the effect of medium and materials on the communication of ideas and information. This module provides students with an opportunity to consolidate learning throughout Level 4; making skills, research skills, creative problem solving, self-organisation and management, communication skills, analysis and evaluation, decision-making and refinement.
The module focuses on further developing individual methodologies, and intertwining of research and practice. An understanding of context beyond the studio is a key factor in understanding diverse cultural contexts for practice and developing a global outlook in relation to art and design practice. The purpose of this module is to facilitate students to acquire and extend knowledge of art and design practice in contemporary and historical contexts. The module content will introduce students to current debate affecting the interdisciplinary creative practitioner, examined through various lenses, examples and case studies.
It is also emphasised at this stage in the course that contextual understanding is fundamental to practice, and that marshalled effectively, will improve and extend ideas and making. The ability to work collaboratively in a team is a vital employability skill within the Creative Industries. This module is an opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills of collaboration by enabling you to create a group project with students from complementary disciplines.
It will encourage responses to themes from broad disciplinary boundaries, human experiences and values with students developing work for exhibition, performance, demonstration or dissemination of innovative artistic and design work appropriate to the professional context of the project outcomes.
The outcome will be a written or verbal response and be relevant in both form and content to the focus of the module investigation. The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop professional attributes and subject skills through experience in the work place, and to critically reflect upon your learning in that context. The module is an opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills of collaboration by enabling you to create an interdisciplinary project with students from complementary disciplines, or with academic staff.
Collaboration is a vital employability skill within the Creative Industries and this module allows you to develop these skills, making use of University facilities and with the support of academic staff. Within this module framework, several kinds of collaborative opportunities are available. It will encourage students to situate their own practice in response to broad disciplinary boundaries, human experiences and values with students developing work for exhibition, performance, demonstration or dissemination of innovative artistic and design work appropriate to the professional context of the project outcomes.
This module provides an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and skills to an external, professional brief. It is an opportunity for you to engage in a professional manner with an aspect of your subject area, which contributes to the development of employability skills within the supportive infrastructure of the University. Where appropriate, the project may involve interdisciplinary collaboration with students from other courses.
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In this way, it reflects the collaborative, flexible nature of employment within the Creative Industries. The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed research project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. It is important that we can support you appropriately, so you will be guided towards choosing a research topic which is relevant to your discipline and in which your lecturers have expertise.
The outcome may take the form of a written dissertation or a practice-based portfolio. The purpose of the module is to enable the student to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed research project exploring an area of personal interest. The research outcome is individually negotiated with the supervisor and can take the form of a written dissertation or alternate written format.
The area of study must be relevant to the programme and students are actively encouraged to choose a topic relevant to their practice and future academic or professional development. This module allows students to work with staff in self-evaluation and research to source appropriate career possibilities beyond their degree.
This personal research will be supplemented by regular talks and workshops from visiting experts from a range of backgrounds — such as artists, designers, curators, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, educators and project managers alongside representatives from regional and national support agencies for the creative industries.
Teaching focuses on the acquisition of research and practical skills. This includes workshop induction, a broad range of projects and an understanding of the course focus on responsive practices both in the studio and beyond. It is important that students gain an understanding of a range of working methodologies in the studio and beyond. This is supported by an introduction to research and writing skills, with all students learning to develop their ideas through practice and research.
Second year involves the application of collaborative, live and experiential modules, which promote breadth and potential career research. Students have also used the Professional Practice modules in this year to explore potential future careers, set up their own business or study abroad. You will explore the synthesis of skills in a broad variety of media, applied to real and public contexts. Contact varies between levels but as a rough guide students will be engaged in lectures, seminars, studio and other guided activities for approximately three days a week.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country. It is open to undergraduates in their second year or above and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
You could also potentially go straight to doctoral research study. Some of the students recently visited the Venice Biennale at the beginning of their Level Five studies, and this had a profound effect on their personal practices. You will learn of range of skills which will be key to enhancing your future employability.
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You will also learn skills in a range of workshop practices in relation to individual development, including photography, casting, woodwork, metalwork, silk screen, etching, 3D printing, laser cutting, and printed and constructed textiles. All students take up a placement of at least 30 hours during their second year. Recent placements include:. OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University.
This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market. It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
These partnerships will provide work experience opportunities for you and contribute to your learning and teaching activities. Our overseas partnerships often result in opportunities for you to mix with students from different countries and gain different perspectives, as well as opportunities to undertake a period of study overseas. Recent graduates include Megan Morrall, who is currently working as an external affairs coordinator for the BBC after exploring relevant issues in her individual and professional practice modules.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning.
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We welcome many international students every year — there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community. The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:.
Our International Office in Shanghai was established in and we work hard to develop strong working relationships with countries in Asia. We provide prospective students with a professional and efficient application and student service, and maintain close relationships with former students living in China. The ability to develop your own individual practices alongside a range of local institutions and industries will give a unique insight into the culture and markets of the UK.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College BCUIC and begin their degree studies. The School provides an incredible resource for the production of art and its associated fields of study.
The staff are from a wide variety of specialisms including digital media, photography, textiles, critical design and fine art. Stuart was born in and lives and works in Birmingham. He is interested in the relationship between the photographic image and object, the slippery nature of archives, and the relationship between photography and narrative. Recent bodies of work have utilised diverse material such as the collected speeches, interviews and statements of Margaret Thatcher, collected pieces of Scottish shale and found negatives from redundant South African photographic labs.
In he won the Observer Hodge Photography Prize and in he was the joint recipient of the East International prize. Read Stuart's full profile. Steve Bulcock works across a range of digital media including animation, motion graphics and digital drawing systems. His research interests are concerned with challenging the notions and expectations people have in relation to their interactions with digital technology.
He is currently studying for his PhD, which seeks to investigate notions of the algorithmic surface, computer interface design and authorship in the creative drawing process. Read Steve's full profile.
Gareth Proskourine-Barnett is an artist, researcher and lecturer. His multi-disciplinary practice investigates our relationship to place, documenting landscapes and environments altered by human intervention. Since graduating with an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins in he has worked on a range of self-initiated and commissioned projects, taken part in artist residencies and delivered workshops internationally. Alongside his personal practice Gareth collaborates with other designers and writers on publishing projects under the name Tombstone Press.
His practice-led research looks to cyberspace to provide a territory in which the ruins of Brutalist Architecture can be excavated and re imagined to re claim and re locate the utopian ambition of past gestures. Read Gareth's full profile. Lee has worked on a range of funded research projects, edited journals and also has teaching experience covering a broad range of levels and subject areas including Fine Art, Art and Design and MA modules.
Read Lee's full profile. Since , their wide-ranging participatory projects centre on popular education and critical and creative citizenship participation. For instance, providing a group of teenagers at the South London Gallery with a David Cameron lookalike to take over and create their own party political broadcast in the run up to the UK general election.
Demitrios is also a founding member of Post Workers Theatre PWT , a collective of designers and artists who produce projects that consider what politically engaged performance could be, utilising democratic forms of production to co-author creative outcomes with a variety of community and educational groups. The aim is produce projects that can highlight future facing issues of social equality and alternative ways to discuss important issues.
Read Demitrios' full profile. Cathy is an artist, writer and academic whose work is concerned with how art can be created and distributed in collaborative partnerships and through the creation of commons. Her work seeks to understand the experience of contemporary conditions through social practice and is realised as digital video, print, installation, public art, publication, text, drawing, performance and participatory works.
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