Research assistant jobs instead of postgradWatch
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
Need more help on going postgrad?
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.