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Scientist / Technical Project Manager

Business case development - this was so far out of my comfort zone (being a scientist) and I really loved learning about the commercial work. I only did this role for around 8 months, but the experience gained during this period was vast.

Energy and utilities

Commercial awareness is key, even in a technical based role!

You don't need to have a 5/10 year plan. If you have one - great, but don't feel that you need this to succeed.

A PhD is more an exercise in grit and determination, than academic ability - sure, you need to be competent in your subject area, but please don't feel that because you didn't get a first class degree (or similar), you wouldn't be able to complete postgraduate studies/research

My Education
Masters in Chemistry
University of Bristol
PhD in Inorganic Chemistry
University of Washington
Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geology
Gowerton comprehensive school
Gorseinon College

I absolutely loved my undergraduate degree. I completed a year abroad (University of Washington, Seattle) as part of this, and it was an eye opening experience, and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I liked the lectures, workshops etc. but naturally was not as good at lab work.

During my PhD, I loved the opportunity to get involved with STEM engagement (Bristol ChemLabs have an excellent outreach programme, involving school visits, residency weeks and trips abroad) and undergraduate teaching. What I disliked was the lack of structure of the PhD programme and lack of 'line management'.

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