Shining the spotlight on careers in the science industry
For recent PhD graduate, Amy Prosser, volunteering has always been a central part of life at Nottingham. As a student, Amy gave her time to help Alzheimers patients, and in 2013 was awarded the ‘Student Volunteer of the Year Award’ for her remarkable work and difference she’s made to the lives of others.
Now working as a Senior Scientist, Amy continues to give her time by coming back to the University to share her insights with students who are interested in having a career in the science industry.
From volunteering at ‘Meet the Alumni’ events, to speaking to students at ‘Spotlight on Biotechnology’ workshops, Amy has really helped motivate and inspire Nottingham students, encouraging them to consider their future career options and the different opportunities available to them after they graduate.
When I was a student, I had poor access to scientists who worked in industry and was unaware of all the companies, jobs and science in industry that was right on my doorstep. I like sharing my experiences with current students to highlight different options that they might not have considered before.
For Amy, giving time is also a great opportunity to illuminate the benefits of working in science and also dispel a few myths:
I have met several students who had similar misconceptions about industry that I also shared when I was a postgraduate. It was great to be able to tell students about my experiences in industry and the world outside the university bubble!
We are incredibly grateful to Amy and her fellow Career’s Speaker volunteers who kindly give their time. On an individual and collective basis they have had a far reaching impact, helping students like third year Biotechnology student Melina Paneri to glimpse, for a moment, into the day-in-the-life of a scientist at work:
What our students say
"Speaking to alumni at the Biotechnology careers event was a really valuable experience because it prompted me to explore my career options in great depth. It was helpful to find out about the career paths that recent graduates had taken, and it proved to be a great networking opportunity!"
How to get involved
If you’d like to help our students by providing careers advice, we have lots of opportunities available. To share your top career tips, please complete our short application form and we will get back to you soon. *Please note that we are looking for volunteers from multiple industry backgrounds and further information about our careers roles can be found on our opportunities page. We look forward to hearing from you!
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