Maria Heuser, Senior Value Analyst, Adelphi Values | PROVE

From very early on in my educational development, I knew I wanted to work in science. This led me to take advanced biology classes at high school and college, and later on to pursue a BSc in biology with a focus on molecular biology and industrial applications. Moving from Germany to the UK for my MSc in biotechnology, I quickly realised that the focus of my course was not just on scientific research involving a lot of laboratory and experimental work, but also on how to adapt the knowledge and skills I had gained for my future career. I learned how to communicate scientific information to a range of audiences, using different writing styles. Additionally, I was able to participate in a literature review project, the aim of which was to locate and present information around a set research question. As part of this module, I gained an understanding of how to critically appraise scientific articles and use different primary research techniques, such as questionnaires, to gain information from key opinion leaders.

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Claire Woon, AMICULUM Access

A degree in chemistry, followed by a PhD, then on to a career in research – that’s the career path when you enjoy science, right? That’s what I thought as I came to the end of my PhD in salt crystallisation at The University of Manchester and struggled with the realisation that I didn’t want to be in the lab anymore. The challenge was that I had no idea what else was out there!

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Sophie Wicken, Consultant, Oxford PharmaGenesis

I graduated with an MBiochem and, after a year spent working on a research project for my final dissertation, I decided that labs certainly were not for me! Fuelled by a final year panic, where everyone was starting to get a job, I accepted a role as an audit associate at an accountancy and finance firm. After 18 months, it was clear that a day filled mostly with Excel spreadsheets was not motivating me and I missed science. Furthermore, I wanted a career where I could make a meaningful contribution, where I would be constantly learning and challenged, and where I could have a good work–life balance.

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