Dunn School Graduate Student Association-led Careers Day celebrates a huge success!

On the 23rd of September, the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre hosted the first ever Medical Sciences Careers Day. The event was organised by the Dunn School Graduate Student Association (GSA) and proved to be a great success. With speakers ranging from high-ranking academics to producers in the BBC, there was something of interest to everyone. The day began with speakers representing the biotechnology industry including GSK, Immunocore and Ludger Ltd. The first session was followed by a panel discussion about managing the transitions up the career ladder in the academia. The panel included principal investigators and a postdoctoral scientist from the Dunn School as well as a representative from the Wellcome Trust research charity. In a lively Q&A session that followed, advice was given by the panellists on how to get your first postdoctoral position, when to apply for funding and how to return to science after a break. After a lunch break, during which attendees were able to network with speakers and sponsors, talks focused on careers in the public engagement and media sectors, and the day finished with a session on medical writing, publishing and the opportunities in management consultancy. It was a pleasure to hear the talks from such a great diversity of speakers throughout the day, many of whom were alumni of the Dunn School.

More than 150 people attended the Careers Day, including graduates and postdocs from over 20 different departments and institutes across the University of Oxford. The GSA has received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the event from both the attendees and the speakers. We hope to make the student-led Medical Sciences Careers Day a biennial event, which would serve as a platform for interaction between the graduate students and postdocs from Dunn School and other departments, and would hopefully be a useful resource for opening the doors to career paths that students may not have previously considered.

The GSA would like to thank everyone who attended the event and especially the Dunn School, which supports the GSA’s activities throughout the year. We are also grateful for the sponsors (Biolegend, Oxford PharmaGenesis and Fisher Scientific), without whom this event would not have been possible.

Lastly, in case you missed the event, the presentations and recordings from all the Careers Day sessions will soon be publicly available on the GSA website.

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