Recognising industrial experience with Registered Scientist status
Samantha Heath RSci is a recent chemistry graduate from the University of York. She took a year in industry as part of her course and recently applied for Registered Scientist status to recognise the skills she developed in this year. She tells us how achieving RSci status has helped her career progression.
I decided to study chemistry at a higher level as I seemed to have a natural flair for science in school and I found it the most interesting out of biology, chemistry and physics. I chose to do an industrial placement as part of my degree as I thought it would broaden my horizons and make me more attractive to potential employers. Having already had some experience in academic labs, I felt that environment was not fast-paced enough for me personally, and I thought that industry would be a more challenging, and therefore more beneficial, path for me to take.
I applied to become a Registered Scientist as it is formal recognition of the work that I have completed over my time in industry. It is a complimentary acknowledgement of my work that can sit alongside my degree and be recognised by potential employers to further highlight how my interpersonal skills have improved.
The main benefit is that I secured a job immediately after leaving university. The company I worked for during my placement year offered me a job and as I had enjoyed my placement so much, I accepted. I have progressed in my company much faster than if I hadn’t completed an industrial placement, and this has given me a head-start in my career.
The advice I would give to anyone considering becoming registered is to make sure you have a lot of varied examples when applying so that your application is strong. The application process reviews the skills you have gained over your placement year and highlights how much you have learnt during that time. It is also good practice for when you have to reflect on your industrial placement year, for example in an appraisal at your placement company or institution.
Find out more about our professional registers and how to apply for Registered Scientist status at rsc.li/registers.