The Department of Bioscience hosted a day long employability conference on the 28th of January in the Singleton Park Campus.
The event, specifically for students, provided all who attended an experiential journey into a wide range of careers that can be accessed with a Biological degree obtained from Swansea University. Held during the Universities Employability Week, the event consisted of talks and seminars from a wide variety of speakers who provided a great insight into the type of work available, and how best to stand out from the crowd when trying to secure a job in the sector. With over 70 students from the department in attendance it was clear to see that this was an event not to be missed.
The speakers came from the private, public and voluntary sectors, including presentations from organisations such as the National Trust, Neath Port Talbot County Bough Council, the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Natural Resources Wales, and the Biological Records Centre to name just a few. Due to the extensive contacts that both the event organisers Dr Penny Neyland and Dr Dan Forman had, it meant that the day long agenda was packed with a wide spectrum of presenters from the relevant Bioscience sectors.
Senior Lecturer, Dr Dan Forman who co-organised the event said “It was great to see so many students attending, evidently keen to explore what career options are open to them with a degree in Biology, Marine Biology or Zoology. Whilst there are clearly strong career options in these fields, I think it came a surprise to many students how wide ranging these career paths can be. The real key was having people from the sector explaining about the benefits of working in the sector, and for me personally if I was to name one highlight it was listening to people in the sector talking directly to students, not just about the job opportunities but equally about how you need to ensure your employability skills come across in application and in an interview.”
Helena Shears, currently undertaking the third year of a Zoology degree a Swansea University was pleased about the information she/he had gained about careers in the industry “It was very educational and informative and gave me a lot of helpful input in terms of careers advice once I have graduated.”
The event was clearly a success and is something that the department hosts on an ongoing basis, giving all Bioscience students the opportunity to actively think about post study employment, and wide reaching career paths.
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