Life sciences have always been an important industry, but over the past two years has exploded in popularity.
It is an industry that is worth billions of pounds and has been a pivotal anchor and vital part of recovery efforts over the past two years.
As the life sciences evolve and become an increasingly critical industry, life science recruitment needs to evolve as well and provide opportunities to enter a fast-paced, highly rewarding industry that differ from the norm.
Here are some top tips to help boost recruitment in life sciences and help the industry evolve.
Boost Awareness Of The Sector
The past few years have highlighted the importance of the life sciences sector, how it can help enrich and save lives. However, the awareness and understanding of what the sector actually is and how far it reaches remains lacking.
Life sciences is a sector that connects so much to other sectors and other aspects of scientific discovery, connecting biology, botany, pharmacology, biochemistry and 30 or more other fields, but for many children and people who do not know people working in the field they may not know that.
There needs to be a greater discussion of the sector’s basic principles in the same way people talk about physics research or medical research.
It needs to be discussed at primary and secondary schools as a potential career path that students can explore, exposing them to the field and creating the next generation of life science that shares the passion and fascination for the industry that many researchers have.
The earlier people are made aware of it through education and advertising initiatives, the earlier students can develop a lifelong interest and start along the path towards their chosen research field.
Reduce Degree Inflation
Life sciences, like all industries, has positions at all levels and requires a wide range of skills, not all of which are necessarily related to those developed through a qualification in the field.
There are certain fields such as manufacturing or other industrial processes where the degree requirement is a hindrance to hiring, especially if the job requires specialist training anyway and the degree skills are left unused.
If a life sciences job does not require a BSc, make sure the application does not ask for one.
Instead, consider other development pathways, such as different levels of apprenticeship, training contracts or hiring people from other sectors for more universal positions.
Create Strong Progression Pathways
The best and brightest industries cultivate and develop their talent, so it is essential that entry-level life sciences employees feel they have a clear pathway to develop their skills to turn their job and their passion into a career.
Encourage continuing professional development and, for highly capable but degreeless employees, create a programme that will enable them to gain the qualifications and specialist knowledge they need to progress rapidly in the industry.
The most forward-looking life sciences business leaders will know to look for untapped talent that has the skills, will and capability to succeed but may not have had the opportunity or even the knowledge that they could have had a future in the sector.