Introduction to industry for biomedical science students

 Q&A panel hosted by Associate Professor Barbara Kemp-Harper (far left) and Dr Brad Broughton (far right), involving five alumni.
Q&A panel hosted by Associate Professor Barbara Kemp-Harper (far left) and Dr Brad Broughton (far right), involving five alumni.

Studying biomedical science opens the door to many career pathways, from research or medicine, to medical technology, the pharmaceutical industry, intellectual property and much more.

The Biomedical Science Industry Night highlights the wide range of pathways former Monash biomedicine student have taken, and broadens current students’ horizons about potential career options. More than 125 current students attended this year’s industry night, and 15 alumni were available to share their experiences in a range of industries.

The evening began with an introductory address from Dr Sheena McGowan, a group leader at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI). Dr McGowan spoke about the potential of the biomedical science degree to provide a range of career pathways. She encouraged students to take their degree as far as possible.

Dr Sheena McGowan, Associate Professor Barbara Kemp-Harper and Dr Brad Broughton with the alumni panel guests.“Your degree has provided many transferrable skills in critical thinking, active learning and communication. These can be used for whatever career you want,” Dr McGowan said.

Associate Professor Barbara Kemp-Harper and Dr Brad Broughton then hosted a Q&A panel, which included five alumni. These alumni are all working in a diverse range of organisations, from Carlton & United Breweries, PwC, IQVIA, Cerner and AstraZeneca. Each shared their own career experiences and spoke of the value of their biomedical science degrees.

Alumnus Nick Sargeant, now a Global Management Trainee at Carlton & United Breweries, encouraged students to “look far and wide, there are many opportunities out there”.

Students networking with alumni Ben Shemesh, Manager of Innovation and Development at TOM: Melbourne.The panel highlighted the importance of critical thinking and communication as skills developed through the biomedical science degree. These are just some of the transferrable skills that separate candidates out during competitive interviews and application processes.

“Employers regard our biomedicine degree highly,” stated fellow alumna Rajnita Lyer, who works in project management for PwC, the second largest multinational professional services network in the world.

After the Q&A session, students had an opportunity to network with the invited guests. Many were excited to hear about the various career pathways and appreciated hearing first-hand experiences of former students who were in their place just a couple of years ago.

About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.