If you're currently coming to the end of a degree in the sciences, you may be wondering: what on earth do I do next? And what steps do I need to take to get an actual job in the sciences, rather than having to work in the underground labs of the next wealthy super-villain who wants to take over the world? (Kidding. Mostly.) Anxiety about the job market for new graduates isn't a fresh phenomenon, but it's one that well-seasoned professionals can help you navigate; and if you don't have any scientific mentors to guide you into your chosen work, the good news is that we've found some for you. Don't say we never give you presents.
The scientific job market is vast, and even with concerns in America about reductions in funding and anti-scientific sentiment from the Trump administration, it's still a wide and exciting world for new graduates to make their way. Bustle asked two young scientists for their perspective on how to get that first job out of college: Dr. Jane Charlesworth, currently a postdoctoral genetic researcher at Cambridge with a doctorate from Oxford, and Sam Thorp, London South Bank University's Research & Development Officer and founder of the charity ratings organization Changepath.
Of course, these are just two scientists; their thoughts and experiences aren't the end-all and be-all of scientific career advice. But if you want to explore a career in the sciences but have no clue where to begin, read on.