00:16 Revolymer Limited are a polymer science company
00:18 and we aim to use polymers to solve problems in common consumer products.
00:23 In real terms that means developing materials which can improve the properties
00:27 on products in many areas such as cosmetics, adhesives, household products,
00:33 and the main one for Revolymer is our chewing gum.
00:40 When I started off at secondary school, the sciences and maths were always my favourite subjects.
00:45 So I stuck with those all through school because I was good at them and I enjoyed them as well,
00:50 then I continued that on to A level, so I studied the three sciences and maths there,
00:55 and it was always the chemistry which I preferred more to the other sciences,
01:00 because I tend to prefer the practical side and problem-solving side,
01:03 rather than just the theoretical side.
01:06 So that led me on to study a chemistry degree at Manchester University.
01:13 Towards the end of my final year of my degree, I was tending towards doing, studying a PhD.
01:18 So I decided to apply for jobs in the chemistry industry,
01:22 and it was always polymer science which was most enjoyable to me at university,
01:27 so I decided to apply for polymer chemistry companies.
01:31 As well as the large companies I actually decided to apply to smaller companies,
01:34 because I thought there there’d be a better chance of progression and
01:39 I knew Revolymer as a growing company so I thought it’d be a great company to join.
01:48 I’d say working for an SME (small and medium enterprise)
01:50 you get a lot more of a feel for what’s going on in the rest of the business,
01:54 You get involved with things you wouldn’t do in a much larger company,
01:59 where you’d just be, you’d have a much more defined role,
02:01 you help out with lots of other project areas and it’s a lot more diverse I find.
02:07 In a typical day I’ll come down to the lab and I’ll put a reaction on
02:11 and then polymers that I’ve prepared on previous days, I’ll test the properties of those,
02:15 analyse those, and I’d also write up previous experiments
02:20 and one of the other tasks which I do quite often is I read up on research papers
02:24 or patents to study what other things have been done I the past,
02:29 and try to think of a best approach to solving the problem.
02:34 I think it’s important that you go into an area of chemistry that you enjoy because
02:38 then you’ll come into work and you’ll enjoy it and you’ll enjoy the work that you’re doing,
02:42 on a day-to-day basis, and having an interest in work will help you go a lot farther in the industry, rather than
02:48 somebody who’s turning up to work every day and not really enjoying what they’re doing.
02:53 Chemistry’s such a broad subject that because you can go from,
02:56 on one side you can be working on developing pharmaceutical ingredients,
03:02 whereas on the other side you can work on developing plastics.
03:07 In our case we work on developing polymers to go in to everyday products,
03:10 rounds with the work we can use every day.
03:13 Plus there’s also the analytical side as well.
03:15 There are lots of jobs in quality control, just to make sure that the products which are being made
03:21 by all the major organisations are up to scratch and meet their specifications.
03:28 The most important thing is to get the company right, so you come into work every day and have the job satisfaction,
03:34 and then you find the right balance in your personal and your work lives.