00:00 We’re a long-established European-based company and we make hair dye intermediates,
00:05 for use in hair colouring products for companies such as Wella and L’oréal,
00:10 and we also make photochromics, which are dyes that change colour in the sunlight,
00:15 which can be used in plastics and inks and things,
00:19 and we also make photographics, which are used in X-rays and also photos,
00:25 and we also make fluorescents which are used in things like tennis balls and marker pens.
00:30 Chemistry’s used in our company in a wide range of fields, we have research and development laboratories,
00:37 so chemistry’s used to develop new ways of making products and also to make new products.
00:43 We have chemists which test which products to make sure that they meet all the required
00:49 tests and specifications.
00:51 There’s also things like chemical engineers, accountants, so there’s lots of careers in the chemical industry.
00:57 The majority of the jobs at James Robinson require a degree in chemistry for the research-based jobs,
01:04 but you can actually study at the same time at the same time as working, which I did myself,
01:09 so I was working four days a week and then I went to university for one day a week to get my degree that way.
01:15 The skills that you need in the chemical industry are, you need to have good problem-solving skills,
01:21 and you also need to be able to work well in a team as well,
01:24 so you need to be imaginative and obviously have a good knowledge of chemistry.
01:30 The processes that we mainly do in the laboratories are things like filtration, distillation techniques,
01:38 titrations, so there are a lot of things that we do in the labs that you actually
01:44 used to do at school, just follow through.
01:46 If you were looking to work in the chemical industry,
01:50 I’d personally recommend that you keep your options open, there are a lot of degrees and courses
01:55 where you can do chemistry but also do, say, a language, at the same time,
02:00 or do business studies, because chemistry isn’t just chemistry
02:04 behind a fume cupboard, there are a lot of different careers to take on, such as in the sales department or
02:10 working on the plant, so just to keep your options open.
02:13 While I’ve been working at James Robinson my job is linked to the sales and marketing department,
02:19 even though I’m working in a laboratory at the same time,
02:22 because we do a lot of work supporting customers and because of this,
02:26 I’ve had the opportunity to travel to places like Brazil and Thailand,
02:31 America, and all across Europe, so it’s not just limited to standing behind a fume cupboard.
02:38 I did my A levels in biology and chemistry, maths and general studies,
02:43 and then I went on to do an HNC in chemistry,
02:46 and then a degree in chemistry with chemical engineering,
02:50 and actually was able to do the HNC and the degree whilst working at the same time through James Robinson.