Emma Phipps

Can a Scientist move into a Commercial Role?

You have been working in the depths of a laboratory for many years, have completed your BSc, MSc or PhD, and have reached a point where you feel that working in a lab is just not where you should be anymore. If this scenario is ringing any bells, and you think that you have no other choice to stay where you are, then think again!

There are many companies that look to recruit scientists directly out of the laboratory. But you would need to show a strong understanding and motivations to move into a commercial role.

“There are many companies that look to recruit scientists directly our of the laboratory into a commercial role. So how can you start the change? “

So how can you start the change into a commercial position?

What roles are available?

The first thing that you may want to do is ask yourself some all important questions:

- Are you happy to travel?

- Would you prefer a sales or technical support position?

- Do you feel that you have a good understanding of what your chosen role entails?

- Would you consider getting shadowing experience?

Think about registering with Zenopa:

Registering with a specialist agency like us is advantageous, we have built strong relationships with our clients and will be able to keep you up to date with the latest opportunities. These roles could be exclusive to us and may not be advertised on national job sites. We can also contact the companies directly to discuss your profile with the managers and gain feedback.

Alter your CV:

Your current CV maybe more tailored toward laboratory based positions. This knowledge and experience is what many companies seek, but in order for you to get to that first stage interview, you may need to think about either tweaking or creating another CV that will fit a more commercial role. Job descriptions will be a great way to research what an employers is looking for and can help you see what other skills they are looking for. By highlighting other skills that you have; e.g. customer service, target driven, self-motivated, you can show a perspective employer that, although you haven’t been in a commercial role before, you have transferable skills that compliment what they are looking for within a candidate.

Need some help? 

Zenopa is a recruitment agency whom has built strong relationships with some if the Leading scientific and diagnostic companies within the UK and Europe. We can offer you support guidance and advice throughout your recruiting experience from making a big change or starting out in your career.  Our scientific team have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help secure your next role. To find out more about the sales, marketing and engineering opportunities that we currently have available, please call the team on +44 (0) 1494 818 036 or send us a message today. 

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