Research Assistant, Horseracing Forensic Laboratory
This was my first placement from Uni, as part of a 'thin sandwich' degree course.
My role was to spike samples to ensure lab equipment was calibrated correctly.
Knew I wanted the HFL role. Stalked the student from previous year.
Student Analyst, Institute of Grassland & Envionmental Research
This was my second industry work placement while I was at Uni. A really cool job, working with sheep & moo cows. To this day, was one of the hardest physical jobs I have ever done and we spent a lot of time outside. I had a lot of fun and made great some friends who I am still in touch with 20+ years later
Joined as a temp, straight out of Uni, while I was looking for a “proper job”. Temp roles in my home town were paying half the hourly rate of this role, so it was a no-brainier. Started off helping organise a conference, then covered sick leave in a very busy department and ended up staying for three months. Only left as I found my first “proper job”. Managed to save enough money to afford to rent a house with two Uni friends and more importantly cover the deposit and additional 1 month rent up front too.
This was my first 'proper' job which I had started while at Uni