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    Hello,

    I'm a third year Biomedical Science student at a Russell group university.

    After my degree, I'm hoping to go onto doing a masters either in Immunology or Cancer research.

    I'm hoping that by doing this masters I can gain some more specialised knowledge and to open some more doors to doing a phD.

    But what after next? :confused:

    I want to work in a lab doing research, but I have no idea how to get into such a job position. Please help me. Thanks.
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    dp you really need a Phd for lab research?

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    (Original post by hollywoodbudgie)
    Hello,

    I'm a third year Biomedical Science student at a Russell group university.

    After my degree, I'm hoping to go onto doing a masters either in Immunology or Cancer research.

    I'm hoping that by doing this masters I can gain some more specialised knowledge and to open some more doors to doing a phD.

    But what after next? :confused:

    I want to work in a lab doing research, but I have no idea how to get into such a job position. Please help me. Thanks.
    I have a PhD (not in your area though).

    What you do is that you talk to a lot of people. Networking will open doors for you.

    The toughest bit to get right with a PhD is finding a good supervisor. It's a bit of a gamble. Ideally, you want to work with them on your MSc to see if you get along.
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    (Original post by Dirac Delta Function)
    I have a PhD (not in your area though).

    What you do is that you talk to a lot of people. Networking will open doors for you.

    The toughest bit to get right with a PhD is finding a good supervisor. It's a bit of a gamble. Ideally, you want to work with them on your MSc to see if you get along.
    Everyone keeps trying to discourage me with my goals. They tell me there's virtually no jobs in research anymore so I'm terrified that I'd have spent a total of seven years in higher education only to get nothing out of it.
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    (Original post by hollywoodbudgie)
    Everyone keeps trying to discourage me with my goals. They tell me there's virtually no jobs in research anymore so I'm terrified that I'd have spent a total of seven years in higher education only to get nothing out of it.
    And you're hoping I'd balance that with some encouragement...


    Getting something permanent in research is tough, no doubt about it. But then pretty much all good jobs are competitive, and people move from one thing to another after a few years anyway. Uncertainty is kind of the name of the game for (y)our generation, it's just something you have to learn to cope with.

    It's not seven years, it's only the extra 3-4 years that you need to decide upon. The Bachelor's you're going to have to do regardless. It's not true that you will have gained nothing out of it. PhDs open doors outside academia, because some jobs favour them, and people respect them....but, I would say only do one if you are motivated by passion for a subject.

    I can't encourage you either way, just think that neither decision should be terrifying.
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    I don't think anyone who is doing/has done a PhD will tell you anything different from what has already been said by Dirac Delta Function.
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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    I don't think anyone who is doing/has done a PhD will tell you anything different from what has already been said by Dirac Delta Function.
    :adore: You're doing a PhD similar to the one I want to do.

    How easy/difficult was it to get a PhD position?
    What sort of job are you hoping to apply for when your course finishes?

    Please share your wisdom!
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    Getting a PhD position is not that difficult with a good first degree maybe a masters and/or experience. The difficult part is getting funding which is very competitive and difficult to come by.

    I'm hoping to stay in academia and maybe at a later point move into industry so I'm applying for academic post-doc positions for after I finish. I'm also doing some courses in uni level teaching for if I decide to stay in academia and work towards lecturing type positions.
 
 
 
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