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Alanna – Radiochemist

What do you do?

I am a Radiochemist, so I specialise in physical chemistry.

How did you decide which field to go into?

I have always loved science from a young age and did experiments with my parents as a child. I used to dress up in a lab coat and get excited about the idea of being a mad scientist!

I have taken part in STEM events from when I was in sixth form. I mentored whilst I was at university to get more students interested in a chemistry degree and I am currently doing STEM work as part of my graduate project. I am also a private tutor and have assisted 15 students over the last 4 years get into college/university and many have gone on to do STEM subjects.

What is the best thing about your job?

I love being able to research and feel like I am making a difference for the company with the work that I do. It’s incredibly flexible and allows for me to do what I love even though I have a physical disability.

 What route did you take?

I am on AWE’s graduate training programme which I joined after finishing my Masters.  I did a placement year at AWE whilst I was studying at university, and after graduating, I was invited back to the graduate training programme.

What did you study?

I have a Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Reading. I also have AS Levels in Further Maths and History and A Levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

How do you see your career progressing?

I see myself gaining more invaluable experience and eventually becoming a senior scientist. I’m aiming to work up the career ladder for technical professionals so that I can regularly attend conferences, publish papers and be at the top of my game in my field of expertise. I also see myself continuing to use my skills in other areas of the business, supporting diversity & inclusion as well as being an active member in my union.

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