Nicole Jackson graduated with a degree in Immunology and Pharmacology from the University of Strathclyde this summer. She has just started a ScotGrad graduate placement at Collagen Solutions, a small company within the life sciences sector that makes collagen for medical devices.
She tells us how her internship experience during university helped her secure this graduate role:
"During the summer of 2015, I was lucky enough to secure an internship at Collagen Solutions through the Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme. I believe my summer internship helped secure my graduate position, as it helped me develop the necessary skills and confidence to get me to where I am today."
Nicole accepting her certificate at the Internship Celebration Event in 2015
"Joining a company as an intern gives you the opportunity to work hands-on in a professional environment, and helps by teaching you more about the career path you may want to pursue. For example, my summer internship was non-laboratory based. After briefly experiencing what this would entail, I learned that I would be more suited to being in the laboratory. Internships are a way to “test drive” possible jobs, and enable you to explore different career options."
Nicole in the lab as a graduate in 2017
"I would highly recommend, if possible, for other students to apply for placement schemes. They push you outside your comfort zone and allow you to get involved and use the knowledge you have gained at university. As employers consider activities outside academia, it is a great way to strengthen your CV!"
This is a great example of how getting involved in programmes and internships during your studies can open doors for you when you graduate. Speak to your careers service to find opportunities for you.