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Gold

Project Manager

Trevor Keel

My job promotes the use of gold in various sectors from industry to medicine.

00:15 The World Gold Council is funded by the world’s leading gold mining organisations,

00:19 so approximately 60% of the top gold mining organisations

00:24 fund us as their marketing and market development organisation.

00:27 I mean obviously as a world gold council, we’re all focused on gold in some way or another.

00:32 Our division is very small, it’s just two of us,

00:35 and our responsibilities lie just purely within the industrial and the technological areas.

00:44 We also fund a lot of new research into gold, so gold is being used in a lot of

00:48 really interesting areas at the moment, including the fields of medicine, solar cell technology,

00:53 fuel cell technology and things like that so we try and scout out new potential uses and

00:58 fund, and provide funding for those projects.

01:03 I did my degree at the University of Kent and I didn’t have a year in industry,

01:08 I just did my straight three years and that was a pharmaceutical chemistry degree.

01:11 So I got a really good feel for the pharmaceutical industry from my studies there,

01:15 and then I went directly on to a PhD from there.

01:22 It’s part of my role, I obviously have to go out and talk to lots of different people,

01:25 and I would suggest approximately 25% of my time is actually out of the office and much of that is abroad.

01:38 Travelling the world, speaking to people about gold was something I never expected to be doing,

01:44 but it really is the foundation of the chemistry and then on to my PhD that is giving me the ability to do that

01:50 and I rely on that every day, to some extent.

01:53 I couldn’t do the job I do without that qualification.

01:59 The buzz is always finding something new, setting up a new collaboration,

02:03 getting some work going and you know, this involves employing people as well,

02:08 so if we’re providing a certain amount of money to a university,

02:10 they go off, they employ somebody to do some work.

02:12 It’s a great buzz, it really is, to know we’re in a position where we can have some effect,

02:17 in that sort of area is great, and then you start seeing the work,

02:22 start seeing the reports coming in, I mean, someone publishes a paper,

02:26 acknowledging your involvement, that’s a great buzz, I wouldn’t swap that for anything.

02:37 When people ask me about what I feel is important,

02:41 for when you are going for a job or for when you are applying for a job,

02:44 is to have good presentation skills, to really work on that,

02:47 and most people find that very difficult when they’re doing their degree, you know,

02:51 a lot of people are very nervous about that type of thing, presenting, writing,

02:55 so they’re really, really important skills that you should always make our top priority.

03:04 Opportunities for chemists, I think are just vast, in pretty much any area you can think of,

03:11 like I think a lot of financial areas, you know, appreciate the skills, the analytical skills,

03:16 chemists have and you’ll find that a lot of the banking staff, for example, will be chemists by training.

03:22 I think it’s important not just to think ‘right, I’m going to be in a white coat in a laboratory’,

03:27 I mean if that’s what you want to do, of course, that’s absolutely brilliant.

03:30 I think it’s important to realise there are a number of us who used to do that but now are

03:35 doing something completely different, things we never thought we would be doing.

03:38 I think it’s, the world’s your oyster really in many respects.

“It's important not just to think 'right, I'm going to be in a white coat in a laboratory'. There are a number of us who used to do that but now we do something completely different. ”

How did I get started?

I did my degree at the University of Kent in pharmaceutical chemistry without a year in industry, but I think I got a good feel for the pharmaceutical industry and I went directly on to a PhD from there.

Career progression

Travelling the world and speaking to people about gold was something I never expected to do as a chemist, but I would not have been able to do this role without my background in chemistry.

Skills used

Data Handling and Research, Communication, IT and Technology, Logical Thinker, Team Worker, Creativity, Organisation

“I would suggest approximately 25% of my time is actually out of the office, and much of that is abroad. ”