Chemistry (MChem)Naomi Mackay

Naomi graduated from our Chemistry (MChem) degree in 2016. Here she tells us about life as an alumnus...

What was your first job after graduation?

My first graduate job was “Assistant Scientist” at Charles River Laboratories, Edinburgh. I worked within the Bioanalysis department, analysing various pharmaceutical samples by LC-MS/MS.

Where has that led you to now?

I now work as “Senior Scientist” at RBiopharm Rhone, Glasgow. I work within the Technical Services department where primarily, my job role is to develop method for the analysis of mycotoxins in food and feed products. This role is also customer-facing, so I regularly provide customer support via phone and email, as well as travel to customer sites and host practical lab training sessions and demonstrations.

How did your course and time in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry prepare you for the world of work?

During my 5 year course, I spent one year on an industrial placement at GSK. This experience was invaluable, giving me a good insight into what a future career would be like, what it was like to work independently and how to handle the pace of working life.

In my first post-university job, my experience from industrial placement saw me “hit the ground running” and earned me an early promotion!

What did you enjoy most about your course and time at University?

For me, the best aspect of the course was the variation. I was able to cover many different types of chemistry in the theory modules - organic, inorganic, analytical, physical (to name a few) and was also able to experience the relevant laboratory work for each of these.

I loved my time at university and have made some great life-long friends whilst enjoying the amazing City of Glasgow!

Why did you choose to study with us?

The industrial placement year (with the opportunity to travel) was a great attraction for me when compared with other Chemistry courses in Scotland. In addition, the course at Strathclyde was accredited and had a high employment rate.

Do you have any words of wisdom for our future Chemistry students and graduates?

Don’t get too bogged down worrying about the smaller details! Try your best, work hard and it will all work out okay in the end.