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How to research types of work

"Which jobs offer what I want to do?"

Working in Science, Technology or Computing may be your ambition, but the question is ‘which jobs will offer the type of work you want to do?’

Job titles are not always self-explanatory and can mean different things in different organisations. So, it is important to look beyond the title to the work that you will be doing. The job description should provide a good starting point, but you may need to ask some questions in order to find out what you will be required to do on a day to day basis.

The pages below show a selection of the jobs that former students have taken. They provides links to some generic descriptions which should help you to build a picture of what is involved. Below the Job Profiles there is a panel which gives access to information about developing your skills.

The job roles are listed under the subject headings below and the videos provide a variety of views on factors you might want to consider when choosing your career.

 If you already have a good understanding of the type of job you want and the skills you will need, you could go straight to How to Search for Employers.

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Biological Science


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Developing your skills

Job descriptions will normally list the skills required to perform the role, but how can you develop your skills?

HE STEM and the University of Reading have prepared some ideas which can be accessed by following this Skills link.