On the 7th February the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences hosted its first combined careers conference for Biomedical Science and Pharmacology undergraduates. Building upon the successes of our original Biomedical Science conference and appealing to a wider audience, the day revolved around a variety of external speakers, many of whom were School alumni, representing a diverse range of careers. Spanning careers in biomedical and clinical science, clinical medicine, research, medical sales and the pharma industry, students were able to learn about careers directly associated with their own degree pathways. Valuable careers advice was available during a dynamic ‘ask the guest’ session, expertly compèred by the Pharmacology course leader Dr. David Laight. To add some variety, and broaden student horizons, a publishing editor, biotech innovator and teacher also enhanced the day, ensuring there was something on offer for everyone.
A networking lunch, supported by Purple Door, added another dimension to really enable students to gain the most from the event. Students not only had the opportunity to reflect on the morning’s events, but to talk to the guests individually and ask more probing questions about their careers and personal experiences. Jonathan Crowe, Editor-in- Chief from Oxford University Press and guest speaker at the conference said “With the graduate jobs market being more competitive than ever, it is great to see colleagues at Portsmouth going the extra mile to give their students the best chance of success in their future careers. It is an important initiative that I’m delighted to support.”
Kate Mallinder and Laura Neculai, both second year student representatives, found the event a valuable addition to their studies and said "The careers conference provided a wide range of useful information that can help students make a thoroughly informed decision regarding their future, post-graduation." Whereas Gavin Knight, course leader for the Biomedical Science degree and one of the conference organisers said “I am really pleased with the way this event came together and the contribution of all those involved was incredibly valuable; student engagement throughout the event was exemplary and we couldn’t have been more proud of how our students engaged with our guests”.
With this success, planning for next year’s Biomedical Science and Pharmacology careers conference starts in earnest.