I purify compounds, to prepare them for biological testing. I started off as a synthetic chemist and five months ago transferred to become an analytical chemist.
Preparing and analysing samples, purifying them, then testing them to see if they are clean again. I am also part of a board of people who support further education whilst working. I attend meetings to discuss other peoples work and how we can improve what we do as a whole. I spend one day a week at university.
I enjoyed chemistry at school. To be honest I didn’t know much about what the job I was taking on would actually involve, but I have been lucky and I enjoy it.
I had three A-levels, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology. I joined a pharmaceutical company straight from school. I am studying part time for a degree, in my fourth year of five years of study.
I didn’t want to study full time, yet I wanted to gain some further qualifications. When I saw this scheme advertised in my local paper it seemed like an ideal solution.
Managing to obtain good grades whilst still working hard!
The social life is good, there’s a social club and a gym, with plenty of facilities and classes. Whatever your hobby you can find someone else who enjoys it too.
The possibilities are very varied. Working for such a big company there are so many different departments I could do some work in. I could even work in a different country.
Attention to detail, and an enjoyment of chemistry, and willingness to continually learn and take on new technology.
The desire to succeed counts for so much.
Every day you have the opportunity to apply your skills to chemical problems that directly contribute to the discovery of potential new drugs.