Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science students gain valuable career insight from graduates

The third-year students visited Intertek, where they met with past and current London Met students working full-time.

Date: 09 December 2019

Graduates from the School of Human Sciences who have gone to enter their desired industry passed on their knowledge and answered questions from third-year students during a trip to quality control company Intertek last month.

Intertek is a leading total quality assurance provider to industries worldwide, with a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 44,000 people working in more than 100 countries.

Pia Allan, a Biochemistry BSc graduate who now works full-time at Intertek, said: “With all the knowledge that I gained from studying at London Met, including my dissertation and the extra laboratory research over the summer between second and third year, I feel as if I was properly prepared to work in the analytical chemistry environment. I was also lucky enough to secure a publication from this work."

"The industry visit to Intertek gave me an incredible insight into the pharmacological testing side of drugs”, said Mohammed Sufiyaan, a third-year Pharmaceutical Science BSc student who was on the trip. ”There were a lot of processes and practices that I was familiar with but also some that were new to me. 

It was a great experience meeting the people that worked there and their different paths to the industry. The Q&A session also provided us with answers and knowledge that the typical careers event wouldn't usually provide."

Kate Jolly, a part-time Pharmaceutical Science BSc student who also works full-time at Intertek, said "Studying alongside working full-time has been tough as you have to ensure you have enough time to study around work and normal daily life. My lecturers and tutor have been amazing throughout my time at university and are understanding of the fact that I work full time for the remaining part of the week. 

“Working alongside doing my degree means that when I graduate, I will already have seven years of experience under my belt and have already had the opportunity to progress in my desired career while studying."

Students and lecturers at Intertek