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CEB Careers Panel Event Returns

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CEB Careers Panel Event Returns

Students networking with industry reps

CEB hosted its annual Careers Panel event with industry on 31 October 2017 welcoming experts from key industry sectors, who came to the Department to tell undergrads about their professional journeys and advise them on career-related matters.

Students, and some graduates, turned up to talk to industry reps and find out more about the varied career options available to them to help them make better-informed career decisions. 

The panel consisted of a selected group of industry representatives in varied roles in relevant chemical engineering and biotech industries.  Elena Gonzalez organised and ran the event with the help of CUCES (Cambridge University Chemical Engineering Society) and its Careers Rep, Liam Emmett, acting as Panel Moderator. She noted; “We are very grateful for the continued support our corporate partners and alumni in industry give to our student cohort and the Department. The students found the event a hugely valuable source of advice, which has helped them gain thorough insights into their future career options. CEB would like to thank all panel experts for taking part.”

Gordon Muirhead, Sander van den Ban, Myrice Palor and Colette Cochrane– GSK

Alex Bone - AAThornton

Amal Lavender - P&G

Nick Gribble - National Nuclear Laboratoty (NNL)

Harry Glover - Exxonmobile

Manny Kemp – Arthur D Little

Andrew Meredith – Schlumberger

David White - Syngenta

Felicity Sartan - Profiscio

The event kicked off in the Atrium with an informal gathering with reps  circulating around tables to have informal chats with different students.

Formal brief introductions from each industry rep followed in LT1, all providing great insights into exciting jobs in different industry sectors. The reps also shared some highs and lows of their careers and gave students valuable tips on how to navigate the world of industry, 'where one has to really start applying what has been learned in lectures.'

Also in attendance was Joy Warde, Careers Adviser, who told students about the role of the CU Careers Office and the services it offers to students.

During the Q&A session, undergrads were given the chance to ask questions about different career choices available to them in relevant Chemical Engineering and Biotech fields. Alumna Myrice Palor, GSK, highlighted that the best part of the job is the variety of the work involved, and the many chances given to solve problems. Gordon Muirhead, GSK Vice-President, noted how rewarding it is  ‘to see graduates transform into confident professionals’.

Alumnus David White, Syngenta, embraced the opportunity he’s had to work across different functions and projects to be able to see how everything works together, adding; ’don’t be afraid to spend time to build on your base, it’s an experience not a marathon’. Nick from NNL, has thoroughly enjoyed travelling around with work, and encouraged team integration to ‘become more educated as to how a business works’. Andrew Meredith told about how much he's benefited from working in a multidisciplinary environment at Schlumberger, anything from measuring the effect of infrared radiation to electro-magnetic measurements. 

In addition, industry reps from Exxon and GSK talked about graduate schemes and internship opportunities on offer to give fresh graduates an opportunity to develop important skills across a diverse range of roles, as well as the availability of different technical and management roles  within their companies. 

There was a networking session after the Q & A, when students were able to target reps of the industries of interest and ask them more specific questions making valuable connections in the process.

 Career Panel 31 October 2017
Industry Reps on Career Panel
Those alumni in industry, and corporate partners old and new, interested in contributing to a similar event in the future please contact Elena Gonzalez on

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