Get career tips from the experts at BSAS 2018 student event

Students have the chance to gain practical advice from the experts on planning and progressing their careers at a special student event at this year’s BSAS Annual Conference in Dublin.

Scientists at the beginning of their careers will be able to learn about the range of jobs available to them — and the path they could take to get there — during the free event being held on the conference’s first day (9 April).

The student afternoon, which is part of the BSAS student council’s annual programme of events aiming to drive the skills and knowledge of young scientists, will include a range of speakers who will give their advice on achieving a successful career in animal science.

Held at Croke Park, Dublin, it will kick off with an employers’ fair ‘speed pitch’ lunch, where delegates will get the chance to hear from a range of potential employers on exactly what their organisation is looking for in future staff.

This will be followed by presentations from speakers including Nick Canning of Harbro, University of Leeds’ Helen Miller, Victor Olori of Aviagen, Emmeline Hill from Equinome and UCD, Alison Carrington of Skills Development Scotland, Stafford Vigors of UCD and Knowledge Transfer Network’s Callum Harvey.

Opportunities in animal science

Each of the speakers, who hail from academia, industry and science, will share their stories of their — often untraditional — career paths, and give their tips on how new entrants can improve their chances of snaring their dream job.
Students at a previous BSAS Student Day event
To help students get first-hand, practical advice on planning their careers, the speakers will then lead a series of group discussions to find out what new entrants think are the challenges and opportunities in pursuing a career in animal science.

A follow-up panel talk will give students the chance to ask questions from people in academia, industry and support organisations, as well as those at varying stages of their career.

To round off the day - and to give students a chance to network further - delegates and speakers are then invited to a fundraising pub quiz — run in collaboration with UCD agri-society — in the heart of Dublin.

Practical advice

Jamie McFadzean, chair of the BSAS student council, said this year’s annual BSAS student event aims to give attendees practical advice that they can use to help form ideas about where their future careers might lie.

“The session will provide meaningful face-to-face career discussions with engaging representatives from across industry, academic and support organisations who have been there and done it,” he said.

“By sharing their experiences, advice and opinions of developing a career in animal science, we can hopefully give the next generation of animal scientists a valuable, interesting and fun afternoon.”

For more information about the student event, contact Tickets to the BSAS 2018 Annual Conference are still available, with special rates for students and student members of BSAS.

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Student event timetable:

Monday 9 April -- Hogan Mezzannine ii, Croke Park

12:30 ‘Speed pitch’ careers forum and lunch
13:30 Welcome introduction
13:45 Career path talks from invited speakers
15:45 Coffee break and BSAS Academia Association Winners digital presentations*
16:00 Group discussion
16:20 Panel discussion
17:00 Finish
19:00 Pub Quiz and sandwich buffet at Dicey’s, Russel Court Hotel, 21-25 Harcourt Road, Dublin

*The effects of supplementing drinking water with molasses on the performance of UK 2+1 Holstein-Friesian heifer calves Charlotte Bolton, Emma Bleach
Investigating the effect of altering enzyme concentration in lipase, amylase and protease assays 2+1 for use in the animal feed industry M Jarvis, H Ho, R Furmage