Lisa, Industrial Placement Pharmacologist
I have been investigating specific cellular mechanisms across different cell types by observing the effects of different blockers on the normal function of the cells. I have used many different types of assays and equipment in order to do this.
My work can vary from day to day. Mostly I will be in the lab carrying out experiments but I also spend time completing the paper work necessary to document what I have been doing in the lab.
After each experiment I have to analyse the data from it.
My placement is 12 months in total and I only have seven weeks left.
As I'm doing a degree in pharmacology, undertaking a placement in the pharmaceutical industry was a good opportunity to gain some experience working in a lab. It gives me the best the best possible chance of getting a job when I graduate.
I have had many opportunities to shadow other students to observe where they fit into the company, as even within the same department students are completing many different types of projects.
I have also had a tour round the animal unit where the in vivo work is carried out. It was interesting to observe where the animals were kept.
I have six Scottish Highers in biology, chemistry, maths, accounts, modern studies and psychology and one Advanced Higher in biology.
I am currently studying at the University of Glasgow doing a degree in pharmacology. After doing this placement I should graduate with a Masters in Science instead of a Bachelors of Science.
With the current shortage of jobs, I think doing a placement will give me a better chance of finding employment.
Doing an industrial placement has given me many more practical skills to put on my CV and makes me much more employable than graduates that have not had any experience.
I think I will try to get a job in the pharmaceutical industry as I have really enjoyed my time working here.
Yes, it has given me the opportunity to experience what it is like to work for a pharmaceutical company, therefore I know what is expected of an employee working in this environment.
There is a gym on site, which is good value for money. I regularly play netball at lunchtimes with a group of people. We socialise with people from work by going for dinner and drinks after work. Everyone is very friendly.
There are 12 other students in my department and we all get on very well and socialise at weekends. I have made many friends that I will be keeping in contact with after my placement.
I am most proud of the data that I have generated that has helped the programme move forward.
I think that good communication skills are vital as you are expected to share your data with other people in the form of presentations.
Make sure you have practical experience. Therefore a placement year is the perfect opportunity to get the required experience.