00:00 Well I’m involved in the drug discovery process
00:05 so my day-to-day working, it’s lab-based so I’m working in the lab,
00:11 it’s synthetic organic chemistry is what I do right in the early stage of drug discovery.
00:18 In the lab obviously do different chemical reactions
00:22 and then try to purify these
00:26 by doing such things as filtration
00:30 or using different solvents and reagents
00:34 and it’s quite an interesting kind of thing to do.
00:38 After doing GCSEs I did A levels in maths, chemistry and physics
00:46 and after doing those I chose to learn more about chemistry because I was really interested in it,
00:53 and when I went to university I wanted to do something I know I’d enjoy.
00:58 So I went to Imperial College in London and did a chemistry degree.
01:07 It was straight chemistry but during that degree you do learn all different types of chemistry.
01:14 As part of my degree I was able to also work for a year actually for a pharmaceutical company
01:19 which was a bonus as well,
01:23 and after that I got a job here at GlaxoSmithKline.
01:27 I think my degree level chemistry has helped a lot.
01:30 A level gave the grounding for the different types of chemistry,
01:36 At degree level you learn more about that and then you can specialise as your degree course goes on.
01:43 So I chose to specialise in organic chemistry, which is what I use on a day-to-day basis today, so
01:50 a lot of stuff even that which I learnt at school, I’d say I’m still kind of using those kinds of things
01:59 So, things like you learnt during the practicals during A levels,
02:04 I’d say I’m still kind of using those same kind of things as a day-to-day thing.
02:10 I would recommend if you’re interested in chemistry
02:16 to maybe try and get some experience of working in an environment like this because I know that
02:24 you can get work experience so you know what it’s like
02:30 and also when you visit universities you can find out more about chemistry
02:35 and what it involves and if you’d like to possibly do it.
02:39 But I would recommend it for anyone who’s interested in chemistry to do that.
02:47 The main advantage is, it’s a very large company so obviously as an employee you’re well looked-after
02:56 and also in the pharmaceutical industry it is one of the top companies to work for so
03:04 you’re at the forefront of your field in many of the things that you do,
03:11 and it’s a well-recognised name so it’s a good company to work for in that kind of way.