Business student in the life science sector – June 2017
Throughout school, I always knew I wanted to do a business management degree that gave me the option to take part in a ‘sandwich year’. This is where you take the third year out of university to work for a business to gain some insight into the future career you are planning and working towards. Except no-one told me how hard the processes, applications, assessment days and interviews would be before I started to apply for internships.
However, the university was extremely helpful in prepping us with workshops on ‘how to write a CV’ and ‘Interview prep’ but when it came to applying for internships I wasn’t expecting the difference in every companies’ recruitment process. I wrote essays, cover letters, answered tough questions about different industries, took time limited maths and English tests, competency test and so much more! It can get very confusing and daunting when you are going through 3-4 completely different recruitment processes at the same time. All this is done while you have essays and reports to write, as well as revise and sit exams for university. So, if you don’t already have excellent organisation skills, then you will by the end of this experience!
I began to apply for internships quite early in September 2016, I focused on roles within the recruitment and entertainment industries because they were very popular and well known amongst myself and my peers. However, I could not find an internship that appeared particularly exciting or engaging to me. As the time approached March 2017, I was given the option to go straight back to university to finish my degree in the third year or to have one last chance at finding an internship.
I expressed my frustrations and worries to a close friend and they suggested that I consider internships within the life science sector. At first glance I thought ‘there would be no place for a business management student within the life science sector’ because I lack extensive knowledge within STEM (science, technology, engineering, mechanics) subjects.
However, after a few weeks of research, I became very interested in the industry and I discovered Scitech. They are a small to medium business with expertise in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, laboratories, medical devices, manufacturing and so much more. Scitech were offering a marketing assistant internship as part of their 15th anniversary celebrations which are taking place throughout the year. I was invited for an initial interview at their head office where I felt immediately at ease within the business environment. After interviews and discussions, I was offered the internship to join their marketing team.
Now I am in the first month of my marketing internship and I find the life science sector even more interesting now that I am part of it. Scitech has given me the opportunity to grow with their company and I am very excited and grateful to be a part of such a welcoming and warm team. I Look forward to blogging about my experience within Scitech during the next nine months.