Lab Links to Careers

Lab Links to Careers: Understand skills you are learning and demonstrating in labs.

In partnership with the department of Biological Sciences and Career Education, the Lab Links to Careers program helps you make connections between your experiences, skills, and what is required as you seek employment and/or advanced education opportunities.

Why is this important? Understanding how your skills intersect with industry and advanced education requirements will increase your competitive advantage. Your ability to effectively communicate how experiences link to skills will increase your confidence when preparing for interviews and developing career documents.

What's Involved?

The Lab Links program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to identify, practice and document valuable laboratory skills gained while taking undergraduate science courses (NO extra training or course work required). Students sign up for testing sessions which, upon successful completion, are documented on the Experience Plus transcript.

The Basic Lab Skills testing is free of charge and open to all students. In general, all basic skills testing sessions consist of a quiz and a hands-on laboratory testing session. Tutorials are available as a refresher for all basic skills testing sessions.

Examples of Basic Lab Skills:

  • Laboratory safety
  • Laboratory calculations
  • Using hoods
  • Preparing media and pouring plates
  • Estimating the size of cells using a microscope
  • Using a spectrophotometer
  • Using a microcentrifuge
  • and more…

 

Advanced Lab Skills are organized into modules. Each module consists of several sessions that run over the course of 5-7 weeks and cover anywhere from 8-12 laboratory skills. Students must commit to attending all sessions and the cost of registration for each advanced lab skills module is $100.

Examples of Advanced Lab Skills modules:

  • Molecular
  • Microbiological
  • Plant

Career Education provides Lab Link students with support to explore options, career paths and opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops; such as, effective interviewing strategies, resume / CV writing, cover letter writing, preparing for graduate applications. Additionally, students have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with a Talent Development Specialist to assist with their individual career needs.

Once students successfully complete testing sessions, each individual laboratory skill will be documented on the student’s Experience Plus transcript. This co-curricular transcript is a great addition to a portfolio and can be used to support students when preparing to search for jobs and when applying to graduate programs.

Get Started

The Lab Links program is open to all Brock students. A full skills list and available testing sessions are provided in the Lab Links Sakai site. Email expplus@brocku.ca to get started and gain access to Sakai.