Scientific and engineering recruitment

Another option for STEM PGRs who enjoy working in a target-driven environment is to enter the world of recruitment consultancy.

As well as generalist recruiters, there are numerous recruitment consultancies that specialise in recruiting people into technical, scientific and engineering jobs. As a result, an understanding of the technical aspects of the jobs that client companies are looking to fill can help to understand which candidates might be suitable and find the right ‘fit.’ Consequently, Postgraduate Researchers who have entered this line of work find it to be an opportunity to use some of their scientific knowledge in a fast-paced, people-facing work environment.

Skills required include:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sales and negotiation skills
  • The motivation and ability to work to deadlines and targets
  • Ability to balance conflicting priorities
  • Tenacity and resilience
  • a goal-orientated approach to work
  • Problem-solving

Find out more

STEM-specialist recruitment agencies include CK Science (scientific, chemical, waste, biotechnology and pharmaceutical), SRG, CY Partners (Chemicals, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, Biotechnology and Life Science), Jonathan Lee (Engineering and Manufacturing), Non-Stop (Pharma, including clinical research and R&D) and Matchtech (Engineering).


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