Today saw another first for Biosciences at UGlos: our first Careers Panel.
The panel aimed to help give our students advice and guidance from professionals working within the biological industries. The panel was comprised of Professor Adam Hart and Vera Telford, both from the University of Gloucestershire; and Dr Gareth Parry (Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust), Jennie Latham (Public Heath England), Claire Kirkhope (Kingston Maurward College) and Will Matthews (Ardingley College). The panel discussed their own careers and gave insights into the variety of tasks they face in their average working day. Jennie, Claire and Will are all former Biosciences graduates from the University and were able to highlight the importance of the skills they have gained from their time at the University of Gloucestershire. The panel were also able to share tips and advice from their own careers which helped them get to where they are today, as well as giving advice to our future graduates.
Following their presentations there was a question and answer session where our panel were able to address a number of issues including the importance of experience, on the job training, interviews and the postgraduate opportunities there are available.
It was good to see so many of our students there and engaging with the panel. I hope this will help our students not only to gain important employment advice but also the confidence to take the next steps into the world of employment. I would also like to thanks our panel who gave their time freely to help support our students.
Check out the day’s tweets from @uglosbioscience #biocareerpanel
Rik Rolfe, Senior Lecturer in Biosciences