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5 science graduates who are now working in other industries, and how you can do the same

Helen Jackson
Campaigns Executive

Having a Science degree doesn’t mean you have to spend your life surrounded by test-tubes and wearing lab coats.  

Logic and strong numerical skills are valued all over, which means you will be welcomed into almost any industry with open arms.

Below, you can read about five grads who studied science subjects, before going on to work in industries as diverse as Recruitment, Tourism and Finance. Plus, they're all based in teams that are hiring other graduates right now – so why not be the next scientist in their ranks?

Scroll down and be inspired. 


1. Olivia – a Programmatic Display Account Manager at Merkle Periscopix – studied Biology at the University of Birmingham

Despite her scientific background, Olivia had always known she wanted to pursue a career that was more creative. When she came across a job advertisement for Digital Marketing agency Merkle-Periscopix’s Programmatic Display graduate scheme, she realised that was the one for her:

“I saw that the skills I had gained in my degree, things like analysing data, would sit really well in Programmatic, as it’s the more technical side of Marketing,” she remembered. “I ended up reading up a lot about it, and didn’t find myself getting bored at all… so that’s why I chose it.”

Once in the role, Olivia got stuck into their training academy designed to help her get to grips with this relatively new industry, which involves devising and optimising advertising campaigns on webpages. After a few months, she was given the autonomy to work directly with clients and has been trusted on big accounts: “One exciting project that I’m working on at the moment is for one of the biggest UK retailers... and the results are going to inform their Christmas strategy, which is exciting.”

Merkle-Periscopix are currently hiring grads like Olivia in London. You’ll enjoy a salary of up to £25,000 plus a host of amazing perks, including: a pool table onsite; an office auditorium for film screenings; weekly yoga sessions; a book club; regular group activities such as Zorb Football and much more.

The closing date is 8 December 2017



2. Amy – a Resourcer at Harvey Nash – studied Marine Biology at the University of Portsmouth

Amy made a brave decision after graduating – having never worked in the industry before, she moved to a new area to take up a role with global Recruitment giant Harvey Nash.

However, she's had no regrets: “It’s a really fun and lively office," she told us. "Everybody has a laugh and that’s really great when moving to a new area… We also do incentives and events, so there’s a lot of things going on outside of work.”

As their Trainee Recruitment Consultant in Newcastle, you could get in on the fun too. However, one thing that this leading firm will take seriously is your progression – they run a dedicated training academy with over 100 modules to ensure it.

Send your CV before the 21 July 2017 deadline:



3. Rebecca – a Second Assistant at McDonald’s – studied Biomedical Science at Queen’s University, Belfast

Rebecca chose the McDonald’s graduate scheme because of the development opportunities it promised. However, while she expected great training, she’s been surprised by just how good it’s been: “It’s exceptional,” she comments. “No day will go without you learning something new.”

She also enjoys being able to interact with people every day – not only the customers, but her colleagues too: “It’s like working with your family… You really get to know them from day one, becoming the best of friends within the first few weeks.”

Everything moves fast at McDonald’s, including graduate careers. The nationwide programme will accelerate your transformation to Business Manager in no time and equip you with transferable skills for life. Plus, a £22,000 salary and flexible hours also sweeten the deal.

Submit your application for their Trainee Manager scheme before 7 February 2018:



4. Sophie – a Business Tax Trainee at Smith and Williamson – studied Biology and Chemistry at Durham University

After graduating in 2012, Sophie spent a couple of years trying to work out what she wanted to do. However, after taking an internship with Smith and Williamson, it all became clear and she applied for a permanent position in 2014.

She loves the commercial knowledge that her trainee position has allowed her to develop: “You are working with so many different types of businesses and that gives you a real insight into the business world as a whole,” she said.

Experience the same sense of achievement by joining the Financial Services firm’s three-year Business Tax programme, delivering the perfect blend of practical experience and formal study to increase your skill set and help you gain professional qualifications.

Apply before 14 September 2017:



5. Casey - a Team Manager at Maxxima - studied Sport and Exercise Science at Anglia Ruskin University

Initially using his Sports Science degree to work as a PE teacher, Casey found himself looking for opportunities where he would be rewarded for his hard work. After some research, the Recruitment industry seemed like a natural choice. Within months he was succeeding at Shoreditch-based agency Maxxima, with their dedicated training and support from his peers helping him pick up all the skills needed to become a top Recruitment Consultant: 

"I can vouch for the progression at Maxxima", he says."Having joined the company 18 months ago, with no sales experience and no experience of Recruitment, I’m now a Team Manager of a new division."

This isn't a one-off occurrence at the firm, which specialises in Health and Social Care placements: "There’s always opportunities for you to expand into new areas… The company is always looking for new opportunities and professions into which [they] can recruit."

In addition to these amazing opportunities, a market-leading commission structure and on-target earnings to double your salary in year one will mean there will be no limits to what you could achieve as Maxxima's Trainee Recruitment Consultant. 

Send your CV before 15 February 2018:



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