They may also come to you for advice on finding the right career for them and on applying for jobs. It’s always good to keep on top of the current information, and know where to direct students to find more information for themselves.
To find out more about the decisions that students need to make whilst at university, have a look at the Your career section of this site.
There are numerous career options in the pharmaceutical industry, ranging from technical scientific jobs within the lab or in the manufacturing process, to commercial roles such as in sales and marketing, and various support roles.
Browse the Working in the industry section to get an idea of the range of jobs available in the industry.
Even if someone starts working in one department, with so many different roles available within one company, it is often possible to move departments internally. For students who aren’t yet sure what they want to do, knowing that there is the potential for flexibility can be very appealing.
The Working Abroad page contains useful information and data on working within the pharmaceutical industry outside of the UK.
One of the most important things for students to do whilst at university is to gain relevant experience. If students come to you with a clear idea what they’d like to do in the future, then getting relevant experience will undoubtedly help them when applying for jobs in the future. It will also help ensure that this really is the right career path for them.
Experience is equally important for students who don’t yet know what they would like to do.
Taking the time to visit a range of different work places, and to get involved with different experience opportunities, helps students to appreciate the range of career options out thee; this will help them to consider both what they would and wouldn’t like to do in the future.
Many pharmaceutical companies offer summer placements or longer ‘year in industry’ placements for university students.
Most university students will only have experience working in casual jobs. Making the transition to applying for skilled jobs that require them to use their degree can be challenging.
Students will often need guidance on how to write CVs and covering letters, and how to fill out application forms in order to best demonstrate their achievements and the skills that they have developed whilst at university.
Some larger pharmaceutical companies now offer graduate schemes as a way to enter into the workplace whilst undertaking formal on-the-job training. These are highly competitive, and often have an extended application process, sometimes involving aptitude tests and assessment centres. There are numerous books available to help applicants with the application process, and it may be worth stocking some of these in your careers library to help guide students through the process.
For further advice on writing CVs, covering letters, and filling out application forms, see our Applying for a job section.