You may have various reasons for attending the Life Science Career Day: curiosity, need for career orientation, desire to prepare yourself for the next steps, or the immediate search for a job. All are excellent reasons to come!
Whatever the motive, to make the most of the day, we advise you the following…
Jobs in the life sciences are very diverse, and to choose the right one, we invite you to ask yourself four questions: 1/ What do I like to do? 2/ What areas interest me? 3/ How do I like to work (workplace culture)? 4/ Which dreams/values/aspects/challenges are most important to me and which are secondary? What really motivates me? While waiting for the new program, the 2023 one was specially designed to help you answer these questions, so follow us from A to Z!
Read a few days in advance our booklet to get an idea of the invited speakers, organisations and companies you want to meet during the day: you will have real opportunities to talk to them during the networking & career orientation sessions (no need however to plan the meetings in beforehand)!
Networking is an art! But keeping in touch is an even greater art! After a very good discussion with someone, how to stay in touch? It might be helpful to have your LinkedIn profile up to date to connect with people you’ve interacted with. You can also come with a business card or with a short resume (for recruiters & companies). This will make you look very professional! And your interlocutor will perhaps exchange her/his business card with you too to stay in touch after the event.
Regarding your resume, you can get here some advice on how to prepare it and/or have it proofread by professionals all year long on university campuses (here is a list of services). Note that university career unities will not offer any CV check during the Life Science Career Day: career consultations may require a quiet space and time, it is better to do this process in their headquarters (all year long and for free).
As an alternative and with a different approach, we propose a chat with a recruitment professional (organized by our partner Talendo in 2023): come with your resume and get valuable feedback from the “private sector”! This exercise is recommended for those who have a clear idea of their professional choices and who want to give themselves a chance to talk to a professional working in the private sector.
In addition to this service, you can also add the perfect touch to your resume with a professional headshot (by Aliaphoto in 2023). Spots are very limited and are for those who are about to apply for a job.