Ever wanted to know what we get up to on the RSC graduate scheme? In this blog, members of our graduate scheme describe some of the interesting (or unusual!) activities and projects they are working on, as well as what it is like to work in a variety of departments across the RSC.

Find out more about the RSC Graduate Scheme here

Emily James - Chemistry World, Membership Services And Strategic Partnerships

All good things come to an end, as does my time on the RSC graduate scheme.

I’ve written the last few chapters of my time at the Royal Society of Chemistry here in the Chemistry World team. I’ve dabbled in writing science and business news stories, writing and recording podcasts, planning a feature story, running the science communication competition and project managing a team to improve the user experience of the Chemistry World website. I was also thrown into the deep end with my first press week – learning how to copyedit, proofread and produce Education in Chemistry, The Mole and Chemistry World itself.

I’m not only sad to be leaving a job, but my friends and colleagues too. I’ve spent my final few days here saying goodbye and stuffing my face full of food – pictured are the grads eating our Christmas pot luck.

Looking back at what I’ve learnt over the past 15 months, I can definitely recommend the graduate scheme to anyone wanting experience working in a non-lab-based science role. I’ve learnt so much and the employment opportunities after the graduate scheme are rife here, however I’ve decided to write a new chapter to my education by going back to undertake my natural products PhD at the university of Surrey.
But that’s not to say I won’t be leafing back through the pages of my time here – I’m leaving with some freelance science writing work, fond memories and more recipes for (vegan) baked goods than I could possibly imagine.

Farewell for now! If you want to keep in touch with my anecdotes - you can usually find them on Twitter...

Emily James was a Graduate on the Royal Society of Chemistry's Graduate Scheme.  To see if we are currently recruiting for the RSC graduate scheme click here.
Posted by Emily James on Dec 13, 2013 10:30 AM Europe/London

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