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Jenny Parkin

During my A-levels I realised that while learning and understanding the science behind the world around us really interested me, in the future I wanted to be someone with the practical mindset to use this knowledge and to engineer change. It was then that chemical engineering really stood out to me, both as a challenging course that I would enjoy at university and as a promising career path.

Studying chemical engineering at Cambridge gave me a great foundation in the fundamental sciences at the core of the discipline in my first year (I joined via natural sciences – opting for maths, chemistry, physics and materials science) and then through the department’s diverse course and strong industrial links I got a true sense of just how versatile chemical engineers are. In particular, there are many opportunities during the course to be involved in process and product design, which the department engages you in through a range of different perspectives from an academic/industrial researcher’s in the laboratory to a process engineer’s in a design team. The department is also a very friendly community of people, who join together for a tea break between lectures and host many career events for you to network with PhD students and industry professionals.

I developed a link with Procter & Gamble during my time with the department, after having become very interested in the fast moving consumer goods industry. I will start working with P&G as an engineer on their research and development career track after graduating.

College: Jesus
Route: Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences
A-levels: Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology