Work experience with Procter and Gamble

This term I began my year in industry with Procter and Gamble in Newcastle. I decided quite early on in 6.2 that I wanted a gap year, and the year in industry scheme, which pairs up students with companies across England, seemed like a really good opportunity. Not only have you the chance to work with engineering companies and science research labs, but you also gain a great deal of experience in living independently – a flat share being one of the hardest things to organise!

So far in my placement, I have been working at the Newcastle Innovation Centre with perfumes in powdered laundry detergent. It has been really interesting to see how research is co-ordinated and how experiments are run at such a large global company. I am currently running experiments in collaboration with my manager, and we are adapting them and designing new ones as the results come in. You are treated as if you were a post-university employee, and are given many responsibilities and jobs.

I am looking forward to seeing how my project develops, and hope to have produced some useful results by the end! I highly recommend the scheme to anyone interested in doing sciences at university. It has given me some real hands on experience in a scientific context, and also a clearer perspective on the course that I want to do at university afterwards.

By Joshua Grubb (6.2 leaver, 2014)


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