I recently attended BioBiz 2011, which is a conference that brings together the top pharmaceutical companies for something like a career fair. Some big names that were present are GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer. The panel speakers discussed the future of potential job seekers and the nature of the industry bla bla bla… I sat throughout the event, thinking why on earth am I even in a biological sciences undergraduate course.
Do I have that kind of expertise you are talking about?? Specialized knowledge, the ability to carry out complicated experiments and procedures, the passion and interest in the pharmaceutical industry? The thought of repeating mundane experiments day after day, month after month kills me. I don’t have that passion you’re talking about. Nor the brains. :S
To be honest, I went because Y invited Z and I along. She said it will be good to find out more about what kind of jobs are available for people studying biological sciences. She didn’t want a laboratory job either, and wanted to go ask about the sales and marketing side of the industry.
In the end, the impression I got was that we (bio students) aren’t that sought after in the marketing team either because we do not have a marketing or sales background. But that is the nature of sales right, as long as you can SELL, you’re in. You don’t even need any background.
Plus the way the speakers put it, they seem extremely welcoming of new blood in the companies, and it’s super easy to be hired. But I realized that they are appealing to those cream of the crop who were also present that day – PHDs, fresh graduates with first-class honours, or even those who are already working in another company. They are SO NOT REFERRING TO ME, someone who is just mediocre. Sigh… Felt out of place.
Z is the same as me, totally unsure why we are in this course, as we feel we belonged somewhere like maybe Comm Studies or Psychology. At the fair, while everyone was busy making connections with the various companies, Z and I ended up talking animatedly about setting up our own online apparel company. That few minutes were the most exciting moments of the BioBiz Conference for me.
So I’m saying, that my course in University is not doing me any good! At the end of the day, I get the degree, but nothing that prepares me for what I really want to do. Okay… I’m not blaming my course, but I wish I had not entered this course. This has gotta be the major regret of my life.
I’m glad I went for the conference, it made me sure of what I want to do – and that is, NOT to go into the bioscience/pharmaceutical industry. Ah… I have reached a road-block in my life and I totally have no idea where to head towards from now on.