Aisha is not alone in her experience of exciting and career-boosting workplace experiences. The University of Reading has a keen focus on placements, which strongly boost CVs and job opportunities for its students.
The Department of Chemistry enjoys excellent relationships with companies such as AstraZeneca, BP, Cytec, DuPont, GSK, Henkel, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Syngenta and Unilever, and places students in first-class industry learning opportunities.
“The Department gets constant requests for Reading students. Alchemy Ingredients wanted another Reading student. They told me that students from Reading are extremely well prepared and professional, which makes the placement attractive from their point of view, too.
"In fact, it was this industry factor that helped me choose the University of Reading in the first place. Reading sits near a hotbed of big industry names and the close link between them and the University is very good news for students!”
Placements like Aisha’s ensure students get that opportunity to put their learning into practice, developing the professional skills employers look for.
As well as their industry work, they are nurtured in workplace and application skills and play an important part in their success.
100% of our Chemistry graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17), and we are ranked 4th in England for graduate earning power in the Physical, Material and Forensic Sciences subject area.*
So what advice does Aisha have for prospective chemistry students?
“Believe! Really believe in what you can do. You can do more than you think!”
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*Based on the BBC’s analysis of a report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies ("The relative labour market returns to different degrees", June 2018). The ranking is based on male graduate data only, as there was not sufficient data for female graduates for all compared degrees.