Transition to Employment: Taking a Closer Look

For its 12th edition (see gallery below), the Life Science Career Day focused on the transition from academia to the professional world at any stage of one’s journey, keeping the idea of purpose in mind.

Academia or Industry? Let’s Choose Science and Innovation!

During the opening session, the role of the scientist in society was considered through an introduction by Niko Geldner, director of the Doctoral School FBM, followed by a conference by Laure Crabbe-Vert, Life Science Innovation Manager at LVMH Recherche. During her insightful talk, science and innovation were placed at the heart of professional choices as she reviewed her own journey and current role, with the transition from academia to industry as a central point.

Employers around Lake Geneva and Beyond

Prestigious companies then took the stage to present their scientific activities and research, as well as some more personal accounts, thus offering a clearer idea about the private sector, its career opportunities and the type of profiles most looked for.

Participants could later interact with these companies directly at their booths in the hall, where free lunch was also offered. What is more, they were able to learn about working for a not-for-profit organization by meeting the DNDi team which, along the other companies, was present all day.

Further Organizations and Activities

In addition to various university associations, the LSCD also gathered, in its orientation corner, career centers and units from UNIL, UNIGE and EPFL who were here to inform about their activity on campus.

Throughout the event, participants had access (upon free registration) to one of the three following services:

Chat with a professional recruiter with Talendo: come with your resume and get valuable feedback from the private sector.
CV Photo Booth with AliaPhoto: add the perfect touch to your resume with a professional headshot.
iEvolve – Discovering your Career Options: workshop with EPFL Transversal Skills and Career Center, using collective thinking and positive work psychology to better understand your strengths and aspirations.

What’s in Store for my Job Prospects after University?

In the afternoon, after additional presentations by renowned companies, our large panel of alumni and invited speakers was introduced, with over forty life science professionals from a great variety of fields in the public and private sectors, including two recruitment professionals.

Participants then had a chance to meet them in the hall during another networking session, and to ask them about their professional journeys, current roles and for any advice they may have, thus getting precious insight and creating bonds.

Purposeful Paths

To conclude the day, the last session focused on the first steps in the transition to employment, with presentations by Koorosh Massoudi (Professor at CePCO UNIL) and Fanny Sion (Manager at Michael Page Healthcare and Life Sciences), who were then joined by six other guests for a round table on that topic. Through an enlightening conversation, they offered guidance on how to look for a first job, making that process not only successful, but enjoyable too!

We would like to thank all the organizations, speakers and participants who were present at the event and helped us make it an enriching and joyful occasion.

See you next year for the 13th edition!