Welcome Week Reviewer, Colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences #2

My internship within the College of Life and Sciences is almost over and the past ten weeks have flown by! It has been a very stimulating experience and I never expected to be granted so much independence with regards to my report, allowing me to be creative with how I solved the tasks I set for myself. I was also given a lot more responsibility than I could have ever imagined; I feel I have grown tremendously in a professional capacity during this internship due to this.

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Capgemini Community Challenge and More….

I took part in the Capgemini Community Challenge week in my 1st year, which was thoroughly an enjoyable experience. Our task was to propose a fundraising solution to our charity client: DEBRA. I developed my employability skills by using my analytical skills to make a budget for the events we planned for our client. The people I worked with were very amazing – I was pleased that I could learn a lot from my colleagues and thus gained invaluable teamwork spirit. On the last day of the programme, I presented our proposal with my team members to DEBRA, from which the presentation skills were developed immensely.

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Undecided on what your future holds?

If you’re anything like me and very undecided on what your future holds, getting a solid idea of what sort of things you’d like to do (or even just what you don’t want to do) is of vital importance in planning out your life, through your degree and beyond. How fortunate, then, that the hubs are stocked with a wide variety of handouts and charts describing and depicting pretty much anything you can do directly or otherwise related to your degree in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

As an extremely indecisive Bioscientist, being able to get an insight into the ins and outs of various career paths really helped me decide what I wasn’t so interested in (Lab work, postgrad medicine) and what I was (Science communication and field work), letting me narrow down my choices and investigate them much more thoroughly.

Careers Network have done a rather impressive job of covering everything from the specific (What to do with a degree in Golf Management) to the general (How to write a CV), and, what’s more, each hub is stocked with information relevant to all the schools of LES – this is especially relevant to Geologists, who don’t have their own hub. Hubs can be found in:

the Biosciences Building (R27) Undercroft, next to the café

the Frankland Building (R2), in the Undergraduate Common Room

the Sports and Exercise Science Building (Y14), on the far side of the foyer from the main doors

and are restocked weekly – if you can’t find what you’re looking for, try checking in later, or head up to your School’s Careers Network Canvas page:

It’s never too early to start planning your career, so drop by your local hub to pick up essential information on careers in the Life and Environmental Sciences, and how to start them.

By Sam Welch