Rising to the top
Martyna Ostrowska, a Chemistry BSc student, was recently selected to attend the highly successful GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Residential Chemistry Training Experience (RCTE), a week-long training course for high calibre chemistry students.
The programme, which is limited to 20 places each year for students across the UK and Europe, is designed to encourage the best chemistry students to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry.
Martyna gained first-hand experience of working in a research and development laboratory and took part in a number of workshops designed to equip participants for employment. The week concluded with a formal reception, where she had the chance to meet with high profile guests from the world of chemistry and the pharmaceutical industry.
Martyna said: “I loved the opportunity of working in the Research and Development laboratories with my personal supervisor.
“This programme has made me realise that there is a place for me in such a huge pharmaceutical industry. The vision of my further career pathway is much clearer now. Additionally, I have started considering options, which I was not even thinking about before I took part in the RCTE. Everything I have experienced there motivates me to work even harder to achieve my goals.
“I truly appreciate the fact that the entire GSK team worked so hard to make every single participant benefiting the most from the entire programme.”
Boosting the employment outcomes of graduates is at the heart of London Met’s five star Student Promise. All students who joined from 2015 are encouraged to take part in work-based learning opportunities during their studies.
Dr Daniel Sykes, Course Leader for Chemistry, said: “This is another excellent achievement to follow on from our NSS score of 100%.
“The whole team are very proud of Martyna for gaining a place on this scheme. We look forward to continuing this trend with our new cohort of students for 2017/18.”
Image: GlaxoSmithKline courtesy of Ian Wilson via Flickr