There are almost as many ways to explore biotechnology careers as there are careers to explore. We've picked a few ideas to share here.
All the instructions can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.1. City College of San Francisco class assignment
Students begin by scanning a list of biotech-related topics (download below) and careers and marking the ones they find interesting to narrow their research.
Next, they use Biotech-Careers.org and complete the attached worksheet (Download below).
CCSF also has some nice ideas at their Career Exploration course.
These instructions describe how to find information about:
- Careers and colleges that teach biotech skills
- Different areas of the biotech industry, these are also called "business sectors"
- stories about new careers and industry news (blogs)
- What is it like to work in biotechnology? (profiles, videos)
- Where are biotech companies located?
- What do biotech companies do in my state?
- Which biotech companies might be hiring?
- How many companies work in different business areas and where are they located?
- How many companies work on COVID-19 and what do they do?
A. The Career Cocktail Party - it can be hard for students to make small talk. In this activity, students research a career and prepare a note card for reference. They attend a party, either in person, or virtually and talk about their career to another person. They have a set of questions to ask each other in order to get started.
B. The Virtual Information Interview - This is similar to the Cocktail party. Students research a career, prepare notes, and then conduct mock informational interviews with each other to learn about each others' careers.
C. Poster presentations - students make a poster about a career. These would include the pathways for career preparation and where they might progress after beginning their career in a specific entry-level job.