Research assistant jobs instead of postgrad

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misteltain
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Long story short, I can't afford to do a master's after I graduate (second year student, saving up and looking at alternative ways of funding however). I've been instead looking at research assistant jobs in my field (anything biomed related) and wanted to ask how likely it is that someone with a BSc would be able to get one? I'm not asking about myself per se, just that I was wondering if people with master's or PhD's will be applying for those positions too (as opposed to a research associate position) despite it only requiring a BSc, and if so then I'd probably need a plan C since it'd be difficult to compete with them lol

Normally I'd be happy working for free for the experience but since I need to save up, it has to be paid. I guess I'm confused on what my next steps should be as someone who wants to work in research but can't afford to go up the education ladder right now. any advice would be appreciated x
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Yes, its possible to get one with just a BSc (2i or First). Having a Masters etc doesn't necessarily trump 'just a BSc' - its your ability to do the tasks within the RA job that counts. What they will want is relevant lab experience and relevant undergrad research. Any vacation work and/or degree work placement will also help. Start talking to tutors/lecturers at your current Uni about what might be in the pipeline for when you graduate - they will prefer to employ someone they already know.
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(Original post by returnmigrant)
Yes, its possible to get one with just a BSc (2i or First). Having a Masters etc doesn't necessarily trump 'just a BSc' - its your ability to do the tasks within the RA job that counts. What they will want is relevant lab experience and relevant undergrad research. Any vacation work and/or degree work placement will also help. Start talking to tutors/lecturers at your current Uni about what might be in the pipeline for when you graduate - they will prefer to employ someone they already know.
I've secured a summer internship so hopefully that'll help alongside the labs in my degree. The next time I meet my tutor I'll ask them about possible jobs. Thanks a lot for the reply, helps to know that I'm not at a dead end
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I have heard you can become a research assistant while still doing an undergraduate degree.
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(Original post by Tarquin222)
I have heard you can become a research assistant while still doing an undergraduate degree.
You might get a bit of summer lab work, but a “real” paid RA position will be extremely competitive, and likely to attract people who already hold a PhD.
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