The life science industry is booming in the US and globally. Gene therapies and personalized medicine, artificial intelligence, and other medical innovations have been driving growth in the life sciences sector for several years. A global pandemic accelerated industry growth, generating exciting new opportunities for those pursuing a career in life sciences. While a burgeoning market may mean more options, taking steps to increase your chances for success are still important.

A broader academic requirement and a reasonable price point in one of the world’s most expensive cities make the IFSA Life Science Career Accelerator and the IFSA Life Science Career Accelerator Plus programs a perfect choice to stand out in the fast-growing field.

Although the industry forecast is good and suggests tremendous job growth opportunities, candidates who stand out will increase their chances of snagging the best jobs. Even with a wealth of growing life science companies, the job market can be challenging for new graduates and other job seekers with minimal experience.
As with any career path, the benefits of studying abroad can catapult you to the top of the shortlist of candidate finalists in life sciences. Studying abroad can help you develop skills that will put you at an advantage and gain experiences and a mindset that employers value.

In an increasingly globalized world, exposure to other cultures can help students gain new perspectives and achieve a greater understanding of life sciences challenges worldwide.

In addition to developing cross-cultural communication skills, global connections, and a world view, studying abroad helps students develop sought-after “soft skills.” Hiring managers in the life services sectors don’t just focus on technical skills when considering candidates; they place a high value on critical “soft skills” they believe will determine how well a candidate will thrive.

The most common soft skills necessary in life sciences include:

  • Communication skills: the ability to share findings and ideas with others
  • Research and writing skills: presentation skills to share accurate data with others
  • Time management and organizational skills: strict deadlines are frequent
  • Problem-solving skills: life sciences employees face complex problems all the time, from finding a new drug to dealing with a potential pathogen
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills: working together is essential in life sciences – look at how many Nobel prizes are awarded to multiple scientists!

Regardless of the specific career path you’re planning in life sciences—medicine, research, biotech, pharma, medical device, diagnostics, digital health—an opportunity to study in London offers many benefits.

The UK is recognized as a world leader in the life science industry and is predicted to remain at the forefront in global life sciences. Celebrated life sciences educational programs and industry collaborations elevate the UK’s reputation for success in the life sciences. Life science clusters, such as The London Cancer Hub, work with various partners, including innovative biotech, pharma, Medtech, and software and data companies to advance cancer innovation.

In addition to coursework, both Life Science Career Accelerator and the Life Science Career Accelerator Plus offer students opportunities to participate in internships and experiential learning. These include part-time, credit-bearing internships that may consist of the third sector (non-profits), corporations, consulting firms, local start-ups, or government organizations.

And it all takes place in one of the world’s most exciting cities! With a history dating back to Roman times, London’s capital city is filled with iconic landmarks and sightseeing locations, an ethnically diverse population, and world-renowned restaurants and theatre. Study in London doesn’t require foreign language knowledge, but it promises to expose you to its unique culture. There are lots of things to love about studying in London.

Consider advancing your life science career with these unique programs in London. Connect with us if you have any questions about our programs or would like additional information. Regardless of the program you choose, or what you decide to study, your future self will thank you.