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RaduPrata
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So currently I am in Stage 2 chemistry at university. Unfortunately I do not have much of a work history and I'm really struggling to find ways to make myself more employable for a future job. I am really interested in organic synthesis(mostly lab work) and I want to do things on the side to make myself more employable for the future. What sort of things could I do? Anyone currently working in synthesis have any tips?
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(Original post by RaduPrata)
Hi,
So currently I am in Stage 2 chemistry at university. Unfortunately I do not have much of a work history and I'm really struggling to find ways to make myself more employable for a future job. I am really interested in organic synthesis(mostly lab work) and I want to do things on the side to make myself more employable for the future. What sort of things could I do? Anyone currently working in synthesis have any tips?
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Do you have a placement year in your degree? It might be worth talking to current students and your personal tutor about things you could do in terms of work experience related to the field you want to go in. Your fellow students might inspire you in terms of ideas you want to do, and your personal tutor should be able to give you more information about how to apply, where to apply, what kind of roles, etc.

In terms of transferrable skills, you could look to do part time work to show you have work skills, are reliable, have good communication skills and can work well in a team. You could also consider roles within a society committee and volunteering, or other positions of responsibility. Whilst not directly related to synthesis, it does show your practical skills and good initiative, which employers are always looking for.
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(Original post by RaduPrata)
Hi,
So currently I am in Stage 2 chemistry at university. Unfortunately I do not have much of a work history and I'm really struggling to find ways to make myself more employable for a future job. I am really interested in organic synthesis(mostly lab work) and I want to do things on the side to make myself more employable for the future. What sort of things could I do? Anyone currently working in synthesis have any tips?
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Hey! Have you considered tutoring? There's an agency called Dorkaid who pair university students with younger pupils who are struggling! Each session happens over skype and you can have as many or as few as you can manage. It's a great thing to have on the CV! Let me know if you're interested, I can forward you the link!
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(Original post by RaduPrata)
Hi,
So currently I am in Stage 2 chemistry at university. Unfortunately I do not have much of a work history and I'm really struggling to find ways to make myself more employable for a future job. I am really interested in organic synthesis(mostly lab work) and I want to do things on the side to make myself more employable for the future. What sort of things could I do? Anyone currently working in synthesis have any tips?
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you'd be surprised but for someone taking course like yours(STEM) most employers will look at your grades and track record. work experiences is of course better but its not something you should stress yourself with too much. a good place to start is local work agencies, although it might not be as consistent as you may want it can certainly give you experience.
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