I really needed some career advice. I am currently a Masters student in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, at the moment I don't have any intention of pursuing a Ph.D. mostly because of the financial burden unless it is fully funded. I have a B.S. in Physics that was more concentrated on Biophysics specifically which is where my love for studying bioloigcal mechanisms of cancer and cancer genomics started. I decided to pursue bioinformatics thinking that could jumpstart my career in cancer research, however after more research I'm starting to feel like that could not be a reality in the near future. All the entry level positions I see require either a Ph.D. or many years of experience, how do I get experience to get started in my career? I think it would be amazing to workin personalized medical treatments for cancer patients or studying the genomic trends in cancer across populations however, where do I even start? I'm the type of person who like to utlitize every moment of effort towards a goal, during my masters I would like to be doing something to undergird my chances of starting my career right after graduation. I feel like I have so much to offer a company or lab in terms of knowledge and creativity but I have no clue where to start. Any advice? Suggestions? I'm open to any suggestions. I've tried joining a bioinformatics lab at my university however they are not taking new students because of the pandemic (perhaps that will lift soon).
Also, my friends in the same program have the same concerns except their concentrations are more data science focused. I chose the bio track within the degree to add more courses relating to cancer biology.
I'm happy to answer any additional questions about myself, hopefully if someone else is in the same boat this could help them as well :)