5 Skills You Need to Succeed in the Biotech Industry

team workCan are you able to solve complete problems?

Do you have average or great communications skills?

Can you able to manage a team?

Are you a quick learner?

Well, if your answer is ”Yes” for all the above questions, then you will have a successful career in Biotechnology. If your answer is “Yes” to most of the above questions, then it’s time to just brush up your existing technical skills in biotechnology along with these soft skills.

Why you need soft Job Skills in Industry

I learn these soft skills are just as important as having technical skills after several failed attempts while taking the first job.

Like a lot of biotechnologists, I also made the mistake of assuming that my scientific knowledge and academic achievements, was enough to get me the biotechnology or biopharmaceutical job I wanted.

But I was wrong.

I remember speaking to a few of my colleagues at a conference who were also having trouble entering the industry.

Later on I found, had to learn and brush up on some of these soft skills.

I modified my resume to highlight my soft skills while continuing to develop these skills outside of the lab.

This change was helpful in securing my first job after graduate school, which I could luckily do right after graduating.

5 soft Skills Recruiters and Employers Look For

People think while working in a research lab or industry they will develop soft skills. But a few chances you will get to learn these skills. Every one busy in their own work, no one has time to teach you.

So I would suggest learn these skills before applying for a job. You can stand out for an industry position with the right job skills.

From your resume to interview, the following 5 job skills will help you get the transition into the biotechnology or biopharmaceutical career of your choice.

1. Teamwork

A lot of biotech jobs or pharma jobs require teamwork, and you definitely want to highlight how good you are at collaborating with others.

During the interview, most interviewers will ask you to share a strength, accomplishment, so use this opportunity to illustrate your excellent teamwork skills.

In industry, even when you are working in a research lab, you will not work only one in a project, you have to work with other people. So working as a part of a team, you will need to develop interpersonal skills and communication skills.

Working with a team can be challenging because the individuals on the team will often have a difference of opinion. When this happens, conflicts arise. Whether you are functioning as a team member or team supervisor you must develop conflict management strategies.

These skills are highly valued in the industry. Failure to be a team player can seriously hinder your chances of career progression. Empathy and listening skills are highly recommended to show the attribute of working amicably with others.

2. Creative problem-solving and strategic thinking

Decision-making and strategic thinking are skills that are important in every work environment.

This is necessary for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. In the core field of biotechnology, which is mainly research-oriented, constantly innovate, and do plan in advance to make complex projects successful.

First, you must be able to apply creative problem-solving techniques. You must also be able to find problems in advance, prioritize these problems, and find the right solutions to the right problems.

Biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries rely heavily on innovation and value employees who are quick to solve problems. They’re expected to consider both the short-term and long-term goals of an organization and plan accordingly.

This kind of strategic planning, or ability to keep the bigger picture in mind, is an essential transferable job skill.

Whether it is a research lab or an academic institution, company, or any production industry, challenges are inevitable and thus a robust mindset with a solution approach becomes mandatory. 

3. Business skills and awareness of industry trends

The biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries are highly innovative and grow rapidly. If you want to be successful in these industries, you must have to stay up-to-date of key business trends and new developed technique.

For example—you have to how much profit will give your project to the organization, how much bigger your goal is, which technique helps to achieve your goal as quickly and financially effectively.

Industry employers value candidates who can make financial forecasts, manage budgets, time management, and proper planning, organizing, coordinating & Executing.

You must be able to recognize business opportunities, like the byproduct of a final product or a secondary effect of a molecule you’re working on. This is something you can practice while working in the lab.

Get in the habit of researching new technologies and trends in the biotech and biopharma sectors.

4. Adapting skill for careers in Biotechnology

In the Biotech field, everybody is moving at a fast pace and in certain organizations. Everybody is performing various tasks which we need to remember.

They can get settled in any environment, learn their surroundings rapidly. If you are fresher, you should be prepared for the opportunity to take a shot at the task delegated with no special preparation.

If you enjoy tasting versatile domains of work, then you’ll definitely fall for Biotech. Biotech is a dynamic, ever-changing industry, which means the more adaptable you are, the more likely you will swing towards success.

Being working in the lab or some other biotech industry, you will be expected to retain responsibilities during odd hours or days, so be prepared to be judged by the employer for your flexibility.

5. Relationship-building and communication

Communication is an important in industry for efficiently interacting with others.

You have to know how to communicate with your colleagues, team supervisor, and manager, share responsibilities, handle conflict, keep opinions in front of the team so it will be a major factor in your career progress.

Your interpersonal skills and communication skill kept more value than other skills. It determines whether or not you get a job in the industry.

This is why it’s important to practice your interpersonal skills by attending live networking events and high-level online networking groups.

This extra work will help you when it’s time for you to transition into industry.

Key takeaway

For taking a job in biotech and biopharma jobs, you have to know that your technical skills alone are not enough to secure a high-level position. Every candidate who is applying for that position will also have an academic background and possess similar technical knowledge. The only way to stand out from the crowd is your soft skills.

Whether you are starting out or already have a career in biotechnology, I am sure you all must be having most of these skills in you already, if not then start nurturing and cultivating these attributes from today itself. Remember, it’s never too late to start anything, you just need to have the right perspective & the right attitude.

Source: Biotechnika, cheekyscientist

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