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College

College is the time to get serious about what career you want to embark on and what classes will prepare you for it. Many doors are open to you, and it’s never too late to think about biotech. Biotechnology is a fast-growing industry and people with the right skills and experience are in high demand for secure, well-paying jobs. Maryland’s higher education institutions and biotech-focused programs are some of the best in the country and appeal to students at all levels. For students who want to stay in Maryland after graduation, this is a great place to be as the state has over 2,700 life sciences firms, 500 biotech companies, and 74 federal labs. 

In addition to choosing relevant college classes, there are several ways students can prepare for a career in biotechnology. One of the best ways is choosing a mentor—whether it be a professor or someone who works in the industry. These individuals can introduce you to the workings of the biotechnology industry, help you build a network, and connect you with organizations that will be a good fit with your career goals. Before meeting with your mentor, prepare a list of questions that you would like them to answer, whether it be about skills you need, challenges in the industry, or selecting a position. These questions will give you more focus moving forward and can help you make important decisions early on.

  

During a conversation with your mentor or in doing research, you might realize that you need to supplement some of the classes you’ve taken in college in order to prepare for the type of job you want. Fortunately, there are many classes and workshops you can take to hone your skills whether it be in science, math, or even soft skills such as communication and team-building. College is a busy time and sometimes you need to fill in a few learning gaps. This is where online classes and workshops will serve you well. Ask your professors or advisor to help you choose programs that will help you prepare you for a job in the industry.

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