Thinking about pursuing a career in the life sciences? These insights from people and organisations in the industry might help.
We spent the week taking a closer look at many aspects of a life sciences career, from the companies that are hiring across Ireland to the reasons people became passionate about their fields.
1. There will be exciting opportunities after Covid
Its no secret that Covid-19 has pushed life sciences further into the spotlight than ever before. But even after the pandemic passes, opportunities are sure to abound, according to Hays’ Chris Smith.
To help you make the most of them in your life sciences career, he shared five tips. He recommended seeking out innovation, upskilling and preparing to present in remote interviews.
2. There are lots of jobs
There are also lots of job opportunities in life sciences right now. We covered 16 of the companies that are actively hiring.
It includes positions in Dublin, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo and many other locations across the country, with industries ranging from biotech to biologics.
Check it out here to learn more about jobs at Abbvie, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, MSD and more.
Not included on the list is contract research company PPD, which announced its plans to expand in Athlone. It will be hiring for 180 highly skilled scientists in the region as a result.
3. It can be a rewarding career path
We spoke to two people working in life sciences about their passion for their work. Dr Jackie Dolan, a geneticist working at Genuity Science, became interested in the world of genomics after her sister was born with a rare neurological disease. She told us that ‘the potential to make a difference in people’s lives is immense’ in her role.
For Kate Madigan, a senior equipment engineer at Amgen, solving problems and building solutions have been her passions from a young age. She knew early on that she wanted to be an engineer, and says that getting to apply her skills to the biopharma industry is “very rewarding”.
4. You can apply diverse skills to a life sciences career
Life sciences careers are hugely diverse. This week, we heard from people working in genomics and equipment engineering, but also in life sciences consulting.
Accenture’s Elaine O’Dwyer is a data scientist who works in the company’s applied intelligence practice, giving her a front-row seat to the trends taking the industry by storm. Like Madigan, she gets great satisfaction from the variety of projects she helps deliver.
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