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Bioscience careers day at Abertay

6 January 2014

Abertay University will be hosting a careers day on Thursday, January 16, for anyone interested in science, but unsure about the types of jobs it could lead to.

Bioscience Destinations: Where can my degree take me? will give school leavers an insight into what studying for a life science or bioscience degree would entail.

It will also be an excellent networking opportunity for current students, who will be able to meet potential employers.

Speakers and exhibitors from the Scottish Government, the health service, academia and industry will be on hand to speak to those who attend, and to promote the wide range of career opportunities available in this sector.

Kimberley McLaughlin – a 4th year Biomedical Sciences student at Abertay who has organised the event – said:

“There are so many exciting careers that studying bioscience could lead to, such as working on clinical trials to cure cancer, analysing blood and tissue samples to diagnose diseases, and working in the food industry to prevent something like the horsemeat scandal from happening again.

“So this event is intended to help people find out how they go about getting these kinds of amazing jobs – whether they’re someone at school who likes science, but isn’t sure what they should study at university, or are a current student who wants to find out how to get their dream job.

“If you’re a school leaver, you’ll have the chance to meet with students currently studying these subjects to find out what it’s like, and if you’re a student, there’ll be lots of chances to network, as we have some excellent guest speakers lined up.

“You’ll also be able to speak to potential employers and find out about summer work experience placements, so there should be something for everyone, and we hope it will help clarify things for people who need some careers advice and a little guidance.”

The list of guest speakers is as follows:

  • Mairead Wood – Life Science Policy Executive at The Scottish Government
  • Vicky Murray-Tait – Business Development Manager at Crown Bio
  • Paul Mathieson – Senior BMS at Ninewells
  • Katie Paget – Lecturer at Dundee College
  • Mhari Towler – Founder and Creative Director at Vivomotion
  • Jennifer Tinning – Biology Teacher, Webster’s High School
  • Dr Amy Cameron – Postdoctoral Researcher in the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine at Dundee University

Exhibitors at the event will include:

  • BioDundee
  • Eden Scott
  • Abertay Careers
  • Society of Biology
  • VivoMotion
  • Scottish Institute for Enterprise
  • ScotGrad

The event is free and will begin at 10am. To register, please click here.

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