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How/Where do you start if you want to get into a Biomedical field?

I want to look at research and or look into medicine. #biomedical-engineering #science #chemistry


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Anne’s Answer

The "Biomedical field" has so many aspects that there is no one good answer to this question (IMO). My suggestion is to decide what areas of biomedicine are most interesting to you. What research do you find most fascinating? Are there topics that you get excited talking or reading about? I would search for those topics online and find scientists or engineers who are involved in that type of research. Are those individuals associated with universities? If so, visit their webpages and read their biographies and resumes. Find out what kind of education and training they have. If they are professors as well, look at their universities' websites to see if you could major in that field if you chose to go to that school. If you live nearby, you could even visit their labs if they allow student visits. Many professors are always happy to work with students who have the same research interests and career goals, so feel free to email them. If they have graduate students, you could email them as well and ask questions about their education. Good luck with your research!


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Breanna’s Answer

The biomedical field is so wide and fast. There are many different potential careers/options available. One place to start is contacting your local career advisor/career office and asking them for referrals/recommendations of contacts to reach out to and do informational interviews with. Networking with current individuals within the field is a big factor in getting a job in the filed later on. Another way would be to interview for internships/research opportunities at a company or with a professor that is doing something you are interested in, or want to learn more about. The key is finding something of interest to you.

Another possible option that has become quite common at a lot of larger medical device companies is recruiting through third party staffing agencies. I would suggest reaching out to some local recruiters and talking with them on what sort of companies/opportunities they have available in the biomedical field. Most recruiters are more than willing to help with finding information and practice skills that you can utilize to nail down a job in the biomedical field.

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David’s Answer

Internships are a great way to "tryout" a company, field or position. Not only are you building your network but its a chance to learn first hand what the work is like. I learned a lot through internships that help guide my career decisions and recommend them often.

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