The best time to prepare for a career in biomanufacturing is now. Even first-year students can start building a network and getting experience to support their future career goals. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Identify faculty that you could do research with and set up informational interviews.
- Get advice from upperclassmen.
- Join a student organization related to your intended career path, such as ISPE.
- Create a LinkedIn account and start connecting with people you meet. BTEC faculty and staff are a great place to start!
- Attend career fairs to network and practice talking to recruiters.
- Save your course syllabi and lab manuals for future reference. These are useful resources when creating resumes.
Undergraduates may meet with BTEC's manager of student programs for career advising, including resume review, cover letters, mock interviews, networking and general internship, co-op, and job-search strategies.
Graduate students may meet with the assistant director of academic programs.
Resumes and interviews
NC BioNetwork has a full page dedicated to career development.
You may also find additional resources with the university's Career Development Center.
Networking with LinkedIn
If you haven’t done so already, create a LinkedIn account and connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff at BTEC. Students are encouraged to join the BTEC – NC State University group. We encourage people to post if they have relevant internship or job opportunities to share.
LinkedIn is useful for a variety of reasons. It enables you to do the following:
- Showcase your skills and experiences to potential employers
- Stay in contact with others in your career field and get access to their connections
- Research how your connections highlight their experiences to improve your profile
- Follow companies in which you are interested and get the latest information about them
- Find jobs and apply to many using your LinkedIn profile
Connect with Pa Nhia Moore, manager of student programs, for access to most of BTEC's current students, alumni, and job announcements.
Tip: Always write a note to the person you want to connect with. Include who you are and why you are interested in connecting with them.
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
The ISPE NC State Student Chapter is an organization that connects students to industry. ISPE promotes professionalism and guides students in networking, assists in resume writing, and provides interview preparation. Company dinners bring you face to face with representatives from top firms in the industry so that you can build relationships with professionals who may become mentors and future employers.
Professional Organizations and Resources
Looking for information about career opportunities, networking, or professional development options in the biomanufacturing/bioprocessing industry? Visit the websites of these industry and professional organizations. Some offer special membership options for students and young professionals. Many also provide scholarships to students!
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE)
- BioProcessing International (BPI)
- Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA)
- International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
- National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL)
- North Carolina Bioscience Organization (NCBIO)
- North Carolina Biotechnology Center
- Parenteral Drug Associate (PDA)