Uncover Your Curiosity
Have you ever found yourself wondering why something is the way it is? Do you want to generate new insights through cutting-edge innovations? Perhaps you strive to use recent advancements to help others or address large-scale problems? You may be a scientist in the making.
With the world at your fingertips, UCSB presents you with a number of opportunities, resources, and experts to help you build your career in Science + Health. Whether your interests lie in the life and physical sciences, health professions, biotechnology, environmental studies, physical geography, or other areas that call you, a career in Science + Health can put you at the forefront of humankind's greatest discoveries and advancements.
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Get Hired: Science + Health
For complete information on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and more, review our starter tips to Get Hired in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.
Expanding Your Skill Set
In most Science + Health career paths, your technical skills are essential; however it is equally important to develop interpersonal skills. Because these often are not developed within the classroom, we encourage that you pursue extracurriculars in which you can gain experience in communication, advocacy, leadership, work ethic, timeliness, and more. Professionals who are well trained in interpersonal skills in addition to scientific principles, techniques, or healthcare skills tend to find success in their careers around every corner.
One benefit to developing your interpersonal skills is networking. As you obtain leadership roles, communicate outside of your circle, and meet other professionals in your field, you can implement these skills to make connections. Making targeted connections will allow for you to acquire insights into the field and learn about job opportunities.
If you are unsure what your personal skills are, make an appointment to take our Clifton Strengths test. This will provide you with personal insight into your capabilities and how to expand them.
As you embark on your educational career, it is important to educate yourself on the potential career paths in which you can implement your degree. Oftentimes, our general knowledge of an occupation differs greatly from the perspectives of those within that profession. Because careers in Science + Health are demanding in many aspects, we highly recommend you seek insights from professionals in your areas of interest to best understand and prepare yourself for the career.
If you have a connection with someone in your profession of interest, reach out to them. Write a short email or message expressing your interest in their career. Then, if they are willing to meet with you, schedule a time to connect and ask questions. Make sure to prepare a list of questions and follow-up questions that show you have genuine interest in the profession, and that you implemented deep preparation for the meeting. This will exhibit skills of yours that the connection will notice. If all goes well, they can enlighten you on events, other professionals, and resources that may enhance your career.
For full information, read our page to Do Informational Interviews.
Developing a Curriculum Vitae
Just like a resume, a curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that showcases your acquired skills and experiences for the professional world. How this differs, however, is the length; a CV will be between two to six pages whereas a resume will only be one page long. This is because CVs allow you to more deeply elaborate on your research, conference presentations, volunteerism, teaching, awards, publications and other experiences within the Science + Health realm.
To get started on your CV, it is a good idea to refer to your resume. If you have experiences on there which will be relevant to your potential positions, incorporate them into sections on your CV. Make sure to list your relevant courses, as this will let the employers know what background knowledge you can contribute to the position. In addition, include class and research projects that are relevant to the experience you are applying for. Any experience that exhibits that you have the knowledge and skills needed to uphold the position is worthy of incorporation.
You will want to tailor your CV to each position that you apply to, thus it is helpful to have a master copy with all of your experiences on it. Then, when you find positions, select the most relevant skills and experiences to showcase on your tailored version.
Once you have your positions, organize them in a manner of relevancy. Order your experiences reverse-chronologically. Then, to showcase the most relevant experiences at the top, give the section a title that ties into the position you are interested in. For example, if you are applying for a TA position and you have previous experience teaching and collaborating with instructors, you can title the section “Teaching Experience”. The more specific the section titles are, the more specialized your CV will appear.
To get started on your CV, review our Undergraduate CVs page.
Job Search Strategies
Oftentimes, finding a job in the Science + Health fields before obtaining your graduate degree is difficult, as many of these positions require extra expertise in the area. However, there are options available as you progress in your undergraduate career. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies, we recommend searching for paid research positions. Researchers from different universities frequently post RA positions available to students outside of their campus. Take a look at universities in your area for summer internships, and remember that your UCSB background will provide those researchers with new perspectives and additional background knowledge.
Also keep in mind that there are less blatant careers in which your degree is essential. For example, if you are interested in public health, check out Direct Relief in Goleta. Their marketing and event coordinating teams prefer professionals to have background knowledge in the health field. In addition, Apeel Sciences often looks for interns and professionals with expertise in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and Material Science. While you search for experience, consider your skills and interests outside of the Science + Health field, and search for positions that bridge the two worlds together. For further information in regards to conducting a job search during and after your time at UCSB, visit our Job Search Strategies page.
Gaucho Career Quote
I’d encourage all students in science/engineering to email/call recent startups...it really isn’t that hard. Companies love bright-eyed and bushy-tailed students coming out who are excited about science/tech and willing to make a hard push to get their product closer to launch. The culture outside of academia is so great.
In essence, an interview is a chance for you and an employer to get to know each other on a professional level. In other words, while they ask you questions that may seem like a test, they are trying to visualize you in their workspace and around their colleagues. This is why it is important to research beforehand; if you understand their organization, you can better explain to them why you are a beneficial candidate.
Since you have already submitted an impressive CV, it is time for you to expand on those experiences as well as what is not blatantly outlined on there:
- Interpersonal skills (i.e.: teamwork, communication, ability to teach and learn)
- Your passions for this field
- Background knowledge
- Critical thinking capabilities
- Research methodology and environments
Once you have implemented research in the organization and determined what experiences and skills you hope to expand on, practice! The day of your interview should not be the first time you verbalize your experiences. Make sure to practice so that your knowledge and capabilities are communicated as clearly as possible. When you do this, also reiterate relevant skills so that the interviewer is reminded of all of your qualifications. The more you advocate for yourself, the easier it will be for them to picture you in their workplace.
To fully prepare for your interview, review our Interviews and Offers page.
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