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BS degree advice

Postby Erik Thompson » Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:00 am


I\'m going to be receiving a 2-year degree in Biological Sciences next semester and am planning to earn a 4-year degree in a related major. There are so many majors related to the life sciences and I\'m not really sure what are the differences. My basic choices are Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biology (with option Cell and Molecular Biology), Biology (with option Biology). I think I\'d enjoy taking Biochemistry the most but am wondering if one of the other majors would lead to better, interesting, less competitive career opportunities?

I also have no experience in the field or industry. I\'m pretty open to career choices (except I don\'t want sales) and would like to work with or near some scientists. Would it be too soon to be looking for work and where should I look?

Erik Thompson

BS degree advice

Postby Dave Jensen » Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:26 pm

Hi Erik,

Good to have you on the forum. Please tell your colleagues that we have this service available.

If you've just earned a 2 year degree and you want the 4 year variety, sounds like you are about two years off from a job search. You'll want to start looking about 90 days from the date of graduation. Employers don't think a lot further ahead than this. You can find jobs on this website, other "net" sources of similar jobs, as well as find them through ads in newspapers and magazines. But, I'd say that the most effective type of job search is via networking. You'd have to have the "stomach" for this, however, as not everyone seems to be able to pick up the phone and call someone they don't know.

There isn't a lot of difference between the various degrees at a four-year level when it comes to employment, with one big exception. Chemists seem to do better than biologists for the first couple of years, and that is because there are more companies that hire BS chemists for all kinds of different industries. With the biology interests, if you wanted to work in a biotech company, I'd go the route of biochem or cell and molecular biology. Keep in mind that the bio/pharma industries will typically have people with BS degrees working for PhD scientists. This is OK for a few years until you start to wonder about advancement.

There is very little that you can do to eliminate competition from the job market, or to lessen its impact.

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BS degree advice

Postby Val » Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:48 am

Hi Erik,

I think Dave gave you an important tidbit of information that you should start sending your resumes to the prospective employers 3 months before your graduation. The underlying reason is that the companies are looking for employees with a particular skillset to satisfy their particular need.

The companies do not keep the resumes of unsucesful applicants on file. So when the next time they get a need for another specialist, they do the candidate search anew and do not look into the pool of the previous applicants. The advice to the job-seekers is to send their resume to the same company in about 3 months, and this will be al'right.

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