Changing Careers

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Changing Careers

Postby Lisa » Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:53 pm

Hello! I am interested in changing careers into the sciences/biotech industry and I live in the Bay Area. I have been a teacher for 7 years, but I have a B.S. in Biology from UCLA and I have taken coursework at UCSC Extension as well as CSUHayward and UCBerkeley.
When I went to a temporary recruiting services, the only positions available were entry level glassware technician positions earning 30 - 35K less than what I am making now.

Is anyone familiar with programs/schooling that would help in the transition?
Does anyone know a good way to structure my resume in order to emphasize my science background experience?
How can I go about getting more research experience in the biological sciences?
Also, there were advertisements in the BART trains indicating that the AAAS Science Careers website had a special section on changing careers. Could someone point out where those are on the website.
Thanks in advance for your help!

Re: Changing Careers

Postby Steven Z. » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:44 pm

I would encourage you to stick with teaching. If you are looking to work in a lab you will take an enormous pay cut, have vastly inferior benefits, and job stability, and work longer to boot. If you are looking for something more like regulatory affairs or something more specific and niche you will likely need additional training and not just extension courses something like a MSc.

Most science degrees don't translate into great career opportunities and lab jobs are increasingly low paying and controlled by awful staffing agencies. I do not recommend them.
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Re: Changing Careers

Postby PG » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:57 pm

My advice would be to think about what is driving you against a science career. What is it that you want to do? If moving into biotech industry is what you want to do there are positions that may allow you to use your current experience.

Especially if you have teached older Children / Young adults you may want to look at sales training, scientific Communication etc. These are a bit outside my area of experience but I am sure there are others on the forum that may be able to provide more specific advice if this is of interest.

If you have an advanced degree and some experience I wouldnt recommend looking at entry level positions as a technician.
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