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Forensic Science graduate breaks into innovative sector

After graduating with an MSc, Craig Allan started his ScotGrad placement as a Paint & Coatings Technician with CelluComp based in Burntisland.

Published: 10/03/2017

Craig's graduate placement has given him the perfect opportunity to develop his lab based skills, as well as gain first-hand experience in business development as CelluComp continued to grow.

Craig tells us more about his time at the company so far, and provides some advice for future graduates.

"I am from a small town called Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire, and I was fascinated by Forensic Science throughout high school. Upon leaving high school, I had secured a place on the Forensic Science course at Abertay University in Dundee. I took a year out between 2nd and 3rd year because I got offered a football scholarship in North Carolina, and after this I returned to Abertay University to finish my undergraduate degree.

In my final year, jobs within the sector were scarce so I realised I had to increase my employability and enhance my skill set. I had a passion for Biology and renewables throughout my undergraduate course, which led me to apply for the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology based at the University of Strathclyde and funded through the IBioIC.

As part of the course, I completed a work placement where I carried out research for my thesis while developing the company’s product. During this time, I knew that this was the industry that I really wanted to be a part of."


Lab based work for Craig Allan 

Craig working in the lab on his ScotGrad placement


"After graduating, I was successful in obtaining a ScotGrad placement with CelluComp, which has been fantastic. I am part of numerous projects, most of which involve the research and development of how Curran® (the main product produced by CelluComp) can significantly improve numerous paint properties.

As well as improving my technical knowledge, my time management skills have been enhanced due to the busy nature of the business and the in-depth analysis required in my role.

My advice to graduates would be to set aside plenty of time to complete an application, so that it can be the best it can possibly be. When I apply for opportunities, I try to think about transferable skills that I have learned elsewhere and show how these would be relevant to that position and employer.

When you’re in your role, make the most of the training and development opportunities that become available as they will benefit both yourself and the business."


Congratulations on the progression of your role, Craig!

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