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Entry Level Science Jobs - How to Get Your Foot on the Ladder

Whether you are a newly qualified graduate, or are thinking of switching to the field of science from a different industry, there is a whole range of entry level jobs.

It's common to assume that the only way to get into science is with degree or equivalent type of qualification but this isn't always the case.

The path to finding the right science job for you can take many different routes. Here are some suggestions about how to get your foot on the ladder if you are looking for an entry level science job.

Volunteering

This may not be the first option you consider and if money is an issue, it may not be a practical solution.

However, if it's possible, volunteering can provide you with the necessary experience to give your CV a huge boost.

Volunteering is always a good start.

Many graduates offer a great wealth of technical knowledge, as evidenced by their qualification, but they lack hands-on experience.

This means that it's possible to miss out on entry level jobs, to another individual with less technical expertise but more practical experience.

Volunteering provides useful experience, helping you to practice your skills in the workplace, as well as making your CV look more attractive to potential employers.

In some cases, you may even find that the organisation you are volunteering at finds a paid position for you!

Workplace schemes

The government is keen to encourage individuals into the science industry as it's seen as economically sound and a sector which could provide the UK with huge financial support.

It's perhaps not surprising to discover that there are entry level science jobs for everyone, ranging from those with a PhD or science degree, right the way through to individuals with NVQs or GCSEs.

For example, healthcare science has been transformed by the creation of the Modernising Scientific Careers programme. This is an initiative aimed at all individuals, combining on the job training with academic learning and hands on experience.

All entry level careers on MSC include a salary. Training could vary between several months and several years; those entering the scheme with a degree have the option to apply for the NHS Scientists Training Programme. This is also salaried and provides an entry level route for those who have already attained a qualification.

If you aren't sure what branch of healthcare science you want to work in, the NHS scheme also offers cadet initiatives which allow individuals to move around different disciplines, whilst studying and receiving a salary too.

Commercial vacancies

Of course, many individuals move into a job in science after completing their degree through a more traditional route.

There are many jobs available, often through a specialist recruitment agency such as Kinetica, which are open to entry level applicants.

In many of these positions, individuals will be given the opportunity to continue with their studies whilst working. This may be achieved in a number of different ways: career breaks, part-time working or day release.

Getting your foot on the science job ladder is easier than you think.

The vast majority of scientific employers encourage individuals to take their professional development seriously and support them in achieving chartered status wherever possible.

Although some jobs may be advertised online, the biggest companies will be targeted by individuals looking for work and towards the end of the academic year will be deluged with speculative enquiries and applications.

You need to make your application stand out, as well as making sure you get in early. Do your homework and check what they're looking for. A specialist recruitment agency will be able to help you improve your CV and covering letter to specifically match your skills to what's needed.

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