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  1. Thank you everyone for the replies. Its looking probable the person I spoke to had a poor scheduling of labs throughout his course. I'm not sure which college he went to, it was just a general conversation rather than a grilling of his education lol Definitely not underestimating this, hence trying to gather as much info as possible a year in advance of moving. This is much more reflective of my own degree and honestly what I assumed the base standard was across the board before talking to this person. I feel I should just disregard what he said and act as though I'm either at the same level or below native applicants.
  2. Honestly as long is the job is in the field I worked so hard for, entry level is fine with me. I just dont want it to be a waste of time. I know its all hypothetical and I just have to wait and see what the job market is like at the time, wont stop me from worrying lol
  3. Hey thanks for the reply, I got the info about the US lack of labs throughout the whole curriculum from someone who did a biochem degree in NC so I feel like its fairly accurate, at least to his experience in the area where I'll be living. The way they explained it was colleges had a bit of catching up to do in the first couple of years from a varied experience of peoples high school educations. And then in the last two years you study your chosen degree subject, where i'm assuming the labs would be more frequent. This could obviously vary from college to college, some educations are better than others. I've already begun looking at types of jobs I'd qualify if my degree was considered the same as a US degree and there are various positions I qualify for and I had already considered it is fairly competitive. Unpaid work for a year? That's extreme.
  4. So by the time I move to the states I'll have a joint honours Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from Strathclyde uni in Scotland. From looking at job listings online I can gather this will qualify me to work in various labs running a number of different tests. I kind of assumed the degree would be equivalent to a US degree however I've since been told that in US colleges you get very little lab experience and the same cannot be said for my course, we were given lab experience at least once a week for the entirety of my 4 year course. Has anyone done a similar degree and to mine and how did it help your job hunt in the field? Was the extra experience helpful or was it still viewed as a foreign degree and faced a certain level of difficulty? I'm just trying to figure out what kind of obstacles I'll face with this degree or if I'll need to do any further training to work in my chosen field. Thanks for any replies :)
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