I am a bench scientist working in Drug Discovery. I have been working here for two and a half years, currently working on new treatments for pain.
Lab work, team meetings and maybe lectures from an outside collaborator or experienced scientist at work.
I work as part of a general team, but on an individual target. I generally do my lab work alone, unless I am supervising someone.
I have had opportunities to mentor and supervise new starters and am currently supervising an Industrial Trainee student.
Working on a treatment for HIV – the team I worked with have progressed a compound through to phase III clinical trials.
I wanted to do a job where I could utilise my science skills usefully – I really enjoyed science as a young student and wanted to continue learning.
It was after my industrial trainee year (year three of my undergraduate degree), I really enjoyed the work at the time and thought it would be a good way to keep using my science skills.
I have a BSc Hons degree in Genetics from the University of Sheffield.
Experience is a definite bonus - like spending a year in industry as part of your degree. It can either really motivate you to stay in science (whether academic or industry) or put you off. It'll help you to make your mind up as to whether industry is for you.
Good – there are a lot of people who started at the same time as me who were recruited as graduates.
Good lab skills, team working and problem solving.
Try not to take failure too personally - lots of experiments don't work first, second or third time and that isn't generally through personal fault. Be persistent, but also know when it's time to try a different approach.
What is important in addition to academic qualifications is a good work ethic, enthusiasm, and confident communications skills.