Gap Year Placement?!?!

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    Hey so my AS-Level grades weren't amazing so my predicted grades are quite low. I would still love to go to university in the future, but i'm thinking of applying in the year starting September 2017 with my A2 grades, as i know that they will be far better than my predicted.

    I'm fine with this, but it leaves a gap year in the middle, and i'm not really up for travelling, i was wondering what i could do about getting a gap year placement in a relevant scientific field?? (i want to do Chemistry at Uni)

    Thank you

    Try out for a position either a) in a chemical engineering firm e.g. paint manufacturers, or the likes of Proctor & Gamble
    b) in the pharmaceutical industry - drug research begins with discovering a new chemical moiety as a putative drug
    - I have some v close friends who either work in pharma or own pharma co-s - let me know if you need me to put in a word for you.
    c) as a technician in a chemistry lab in a school or uni

    Hope this is useful

    Have you heard of the Year In Industry scheme? It's slightly more engineering focused tbh but they do often offer science placements too You get paid and it's fantastic work experience


    You can also try:

    - Getting in touch with local scientific companies asking for a week's work experience/ a few days work shadowing/ maybe a job as a technician
    - Getting in touch with local universities and asking for work experience in their Chemistry labs
    - Asking your school/ sixth form if they want volunteers to help out in Chemistry classes/ labs/ workshops/ after school chemistry club
    - Starting a blog summarising interesting current chemistry topics
    - Doing some online courses relating to Chemistry
    - Attending summer schools/ taster days
    - Entering competitions

    I have loads of suggestions and links on my website: *
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