Posts tagged ‘New Biotechnology Employment Opportunities in Canada’
Follow the Canadian Biotechnologist2.0 Blog this week for career information in our Canadian Biotechnology sector.
Tooling Up: The Big Disconnect David G. Jensen in Science Careers discusses the process of finding a science career from the perspective o both the candidates’ and employers’ perspectives. It is a useful perspective to know what you’re up against.
An Ottawa-based national organization is trying to attract laid-off manufacturing workers to the biotech industry.
BioTalent Canada has launched an online tool encouraging workers in Ontario cities such as Brockville, Cornwall and Kitchener-Waterloo to help fill a nationwide skills shortage in biotechnology
Read Biotech recruiter targets unemployed workers on the CBCnews website.
Can you write in 75 words the current state of employment in the Canadian Biotechnology sector.
Let’s build our collective voice!
We all have skin in the game when it comes to building employment opportunities in biotechnology.
The media are watching this blog – lets get our unique point of view heard.
Science.ca aggregates jobs are available in Canada today from Craigslist, the journal Nature, and other sources. Updated nightly it is a good reference website for a thorough job hunt
We are spending this Family Day in Ontario to poke about the internet for useful ideas on “New Biotechnology Employment Opportunities in Canada”, a story close to all out hearts.
Here is one: Successful Starts: Five Tips for Kicking Off Your New Job:
1. Build relationships at every level.
2. Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions.
3. Have an opinion, and know when to share it.
4. Pay attention to the big picture — and the small one.
5. Maintain a positive attitude and don’t forget to smile.
The 2012 ComputerWorld Canada Salary Survey finds compensation for the biotechnology/pharmaceuticals sector is above IT! Imangine that.
Looking for a salary considerably above the $81,600 average for an IT professional in Canada? Agriculture/construction ($126,700), biotechnology/pharmaceuticals ($98,200) and energy/utilities ($95,300) stand out as particularly high-paying verticals. Agriculture displaced defence/aerospace for a spot in the top three this year
I recently read a story on the Canadian NewsWire that has me quite confused. According to the report, BioTalent Canada (formerly the Biotechnology Human Resource Council) is launching a program aimed at training unemployed manufacturing workers with skills necessary for entering the biomanufacturing field. According to the report:
Many traditional manufacturing skills are transferable to the biomanufacturing field. But unemployed workers simply do not know this
The report concludes that Canadian biotechnology companies are currently suffering from a nation-wide skills shortage and that properly trained manufacturing workers can help alleviate this shortage.
Last time I checked, there were hundreds of newly graduated PhDs and postDocs who have not been able to find industry jobs despite their best attempts. Furthermore, their many years of university level training in some of the best programs in the country has not netted them any success. Am I missing something here??? How can there be a skills shortage on the one hand yet an excess supply of already trained skilled workers with no place to go? Why look to trained manufacturing workers in biotech when an already trained workfoce is readily available and willing to work?
The article describes how many international PhD candidates are awarded placements in Canadian University PhD programs based on their ability to pay higher tuition and how many of them leave the program empty handed four years later after their ability to pay runs out.
While the article specifically focuses on the arts and humanities, I am wondering whether the issue may be even more profound in the biological sciences where the outcome of bench research is often unpredictable and graduate work can stretch well beyond the official 4 year time allotment. Should this be taken into consideration when accepting foreign students or is their ability to pay more important than their ultimate success?