Have Nerdy Dreams of S.T.A.R. Labs? How to Get a Job with a Prominent Lab After College


In The Flash TV show and in the comics, Barry Allen is struck with lightning and treated at S.T.A.R. Labs (Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Laboratories), which is a prestigious institution within the DC comic series’ universe. He then ends up working alongside Harrison Wells who is the founder of the organization.


Of course, this scenario is unlikely to happen to you—and, please, don’t try to get hit by lightning in an attempt replicate Mr. Allen’s inconceivable fortune. For those of us who live in the real world, getting a job at a prominent lab (especially right after college) takes a lot of work. Here are just a few of the things that you should take into consideration in order to reach this goal.


Combine Experience with Education


Get as much experience as possible during your college years. This means that you need to focus on your studies and work in a lab. Ask your professors if you can help out in their labs. They may be willing to give you a job if you show promise in their class. Rotate through as many labs as possible so that you can have a well-rounded resume. Even if you don’t get paid for these jobs, they are giving you valuable skills.


Look Into Internship Opportunities


Consider taking on an internship during the summer months. You may also need to look into internship opportunities once you’ve graduated from college. This could get your foot in the door at the lab of your dreams. There may be less stringent requirements for those that are in an internship program. You can prove your value through your work ethic and enthusiasm. Don’t give up just because you aren’t hired right away. You never know who you’re competing against in the applicant pool.


Use Your Networking Skills


You may have developed a strong network working in your professors’ laboratories. Use these contacts to your advantage. Have them write you a recommendation letter or ask about job openings for you. Getting your name out there can give you a competitive advantage over the other applicants. You never know what type of contacts may prove to be to your benefit. Don’t limit yourself to just the people that can offer you the job. They may take advice from someone underneath them.


Understand the Equipment


Have a firm grasp on the equipment that is used in the lab. Many companies are looking for someone that has experience with the equipment that they use specifically. This will save them time having to train you to use things like this electric mixer. Having this background can make you more appealing as a candidate. Do some research and see if the lab purchases their equipment from companies like Arrow Mixing Products. This will give you a baseline of where to start gaining experience.


You have to have a lot of drive in order to achieve your goals. This may mean that you need to work your way up so that you can land your dream lab job.


By Hannah Whittenly

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