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CEB Careers Panel Event Returns

last modified Mar 10, 2016 11:31 AM
 CEB Careers Panel Event Returns

Speed Networking

The annual Careers Panel event returned to CEB with experts from relevant industry sectors in attendance taking part on an advisory panel advising undergrads on career-related matters of interest.

The aim of the event CEB hosted on 26 October 2015 in collaboration with CUCES was to give students a chance to find out more about the varied career options available to them and help them make better informed decisions when faced with pressing questions regarding a specific career path to take.

The panel consisted of a selected group of industry representatives from disciplines chosen based on student feedback, with CUCES Careers Rep Ray Fan as Panel Moderator and Elena Gonzalez helping with the running and publicity of the event. She added; “We are very grateful for the continued support our teaching consortium members, corporate partners and alumni in industry give to our student cohort and the Department. The students found the event a hugely valuable source of career advice as it has helped them gain thorough insights into their future career options.”

Also in attendance were Graham Dransfield (CEB Knowledge Transfer Co-ordinator) and Peter Harding (CU Careers Office), who told students about their own roles, experiences and the services each of them provides the Department and students respectively.

The industry reps provided great insights into different industry sectors and answered student questions about their own job roles, also sharing some up and down moments and career experiences and giving students tips on job applications.

During the Q&A session undergrads were given the chance to ask questions about career choices in relevant Chemical Engineering and Biotech fields available to them. There was active discussion regarding change the valuable transferrable skills the chemical engineers can take with them to different industries as well as well talk about the role of a process engineer is actually involved in a day-to day job. Industry reps also told students about graduate schemes and summer internship opportunities available in their companies.

After the Q & A session there was a fun Speed Networking exercise where all reps got to circulate around different tables and students sat around with different reps had the chance to speak to all reps present over brief informal chats. They were also able to target representatives of the industries of interest, ask more specific questions and make valuable connections in the process.

Ray, on behalf of the undergraduates, commented; “The CEB Careers Panel was a fantastic opportunity for me to interact with alumni and understand more about working for various companies. The rep introductions gave a good overview of the experience and industries represented in careers panel.   I enjoyed the informal and friendly atmosphere over lunch as our alumni shared their experiences and gave advice on stepping into the working world as a university graduate.”

CEB would like to thank all industry reps who took part in the careers panel event:

  • Harry Claxton– Johnson Matthey
  • Phil Mak - BP
  • Lorraine Reddington and Laetitia Thuysbaert – GSK
  • Emma Cull – Jacobs
  • David Faria - Exxonmobil
  • Katy Coull – Arthur D Little
  • Abhishek Deshpande - Natixis SA
  • Dr Andrew Meredith - Schlumberger

The Department has plans to run another carer panel event for undergrads at the start of next academic year on October 2016. For any relevant Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology companies interested in contributing to a similar event in the future please contact Elena Gonzalez on

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