Que pasa People,
So finally the Welsh weather has been restored, the snow has gone (it went pretty quickly not gonna lie) and the heavens have opened once again, with the occasional sunshine – good ol’ valley life!
One thing that can be pretty daunting is what to study at uni, I mean if it’s a biology degree you want, what kind? Well here at Glamorgan alone there are a number of different biological science degrees: Biology, Human Biology, Forensic Biology and Medical Science. For a full list of courses in the Health, Sport and Science department follow this link: http://courses.glam.ac.uk/undergraduate_courses#hesas-head.
However, if for some reason you find throughout the three/four years that you are here and the degree you’re doing or the area you want to follow career-wise is not for you, don’t despair! There may be another area that you have recently learnt that you want to do a little research in to see if that is the new career for you. It’s only natural! But that is what you need to do, some research, a good ‘Google’ session, talk to your lecturers that cover that subject – if they are an expert in that field or qualified then ask them how they went about getting involved and applying for jobs.
This is what has happened to me upon coming to university. I originally wanted to go in to Crime Scene Investigation and become a Scenes of Crime Officer, but over the past 6 months I questioned it and really discovered that it isn’t me at all. But that’s the good thing about degrees like Forensic Biology – I don’t just learn about forensics, I learn about all mannerisms of Biology, from DNA and genetics to specialised fields such as Anthropology and Microbiology.
I have always been interested in viruses and bacteria since I was back at school, so I looked in to becoming a microbiologist. I thought I had made a huge mistake taking Forensic Biology until I sat and spoke with one of my lecturers who took us for a practical involving microbiology. She pointed me in the direction of some good websites and recommended I become a member of the Society for General Microbiology; as well as giving me advice on where to obtain some experience to help me towards that field! Safe to say I feel a lot more comfortable about it all now.
Remember it happens to everyone! You are not alone, talk to others! If you need any advice, I am happy to help any way I can.
I plan to write a bit more on my course content so you can gain some insight in to some of the modules we learn here at Glamorgan.
Until next time! 🙂