Changing fields and schooling? Which comes first?
December 1, 2010 12:49 PM Subscribe
I want to pursue microbiology but I'm not a science major. I'm 25 now and I just took my GRE in Nov. I'm working on my personal statement for grad school. I've had very little experience in labs...would it make more sense to get working experience first before school?
posted by apfel to Work & Money (24 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 25 years old. I spent the past 3 years working legal jobs which were just to make money because I didn't know my next step.
Now I am sure that I want to pursue a career as microbiologist. I didn't pursue biology in undergrad due to familial pressures to prepare myself for law. My undergrad degree is for International Relations. I would need to go to grad school knowing practically next to nothing (relative to science undergrads) about the field which I want to work in. I've had a 3 month fellowship as a lab tech in a cancer research lab and have only taken one class in cell biology this past summer. I took the GRE Nov 20 and did fine, if a little lacking in the quant. score.
My question is...what's the best way to break into the field? Do I try to get more experience as a lab tech at a big company before going back to school or do I suck it up now and make sure my apps are in before Jan 1 2011? It would mean full time schooling for the next 2 years, or more, considering I need to get myself caught up on prereqs.
Has anyone been in my shoes? Advice? Dissuasion?