8.1 years ago by
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA
If you are just looking for employment in the field of bioinformatics to obtain more work experience (perhaps while you consider additional education), most of the larger genome centers periodically hire some staff with a BSc only to perform analysis tasks that are routine or for some reason are not suitable for PhD students, Postdocs, or more senior staff scientists. Before the days of next-gen sequencing it was common for these centers to hire 'sequence finishers' for example that may have only had a BSc. Finishing is no longer needed for the most part but 'junior' analysts that monitor pipelines, write simple scripts, etc. can still make themselves useful.
In Canada you might consider places like:
BC Genome Sciences Centre (BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver),
Vancouver Prostate Center,
Bioinformatics.ca has a nice Job Postings section that might be helpful.
Of course for any job your grades will be a consideration and more training probably wouldn't hurt. On the other hand if you can get an entry level position and demonstrate that you are motivated and willing to learn you may get some good on the job training and experience. If you are willing to leave Canada the number of possible locations that might hire someone with basic bioinformatics training obviously increases...
You might also consider a second BSc in a related field as a way of strengthening your employment opportunities (e.g. computer science).