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  • Lizzy - Strategic Communications (Draft)
    The very eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted me among these pages before, around 4 years ago when I was on what was then known as the Publishing Graduate Scheme. I came to the Royal Society of Chemistry through the Publishing route, knowing that I wanted a career in chemistry, but outside of the lab, and not really sure what that would look like. After 3 ... more...
  • Katrina – Chemistry World (Draft)
    From bench monkey to science journalist wannabe in just three simple steps! After having spent five years as a researcher, getting the unique chance to work as a trainee with the RSC was an exciting change. I’m currently on rotation with Chemistry World . Having been friendly and welcoming from day one, everyone in the team has been amazingly ... more...
  • Isobel M - Strategic Innovation (Draft)
    I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas – it feels like I only just started! I honestly can’t quite believe that I have been at the Royal Society of Chemistry for almost four months now. It has completely flown by. I started my first rotation in September in the Strategic Innovation Group, working on one of the organisation’s ... more...
  • Membership Development (Draft)
    Out and about with Membership Development   The last few months on my placement in the Books team fle w by; I received a completed manuscript that I passed over to production, created a blog for our Authors, worked with Design and Marketing to produce postcards for our new title Science and Art that were then sent to galleries and museums around the ... more...
  • Jenny - Member Services (Draft)
    As a new face at the RSC, this is my first ever grad blog! I’ve already been to our offices at Burlington House in London, on recruitment visits, interviews, and even to a photography shoot. Two months ago I had my first day at the RSC, like Isobel, in the Member Services team. Slightly overwhelmed by the prospect of managing our 175 Faces of Chemistry ... more...
  • Isobel - Science (Draft)
    Two months in and looking forward to the next sixteen! I’ve been at the Royal Society of Chemistry for about two months now and I’m really enjoying my first placement in the Science team. Between graduating and joining the RSC Graduate Trainee scheme, I’d spent two years working in Japan and one year working for an insurance ... more...
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.

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Well it’s been 2 fast paced weeks since I started in the Books Team and I have enjoyed getting to grips with how to publish a book! Books is my final rotation; I can’t believe a year has gone by already!

Leaving the Industry Team behind was hard as I had enjoyed being part of the team. I had been helping to organise the Chemistry Means Business: Industry & Technology Awards dinner ceremony in London and learnt a great deal about events management. Working across many different departments in a matrix was challenging but I enjoyed having the responsibility in managing the project. I created an online map of our Enterprise Plus companies- which is now live. The map was created to help our companies to network with each other and find potential customers or partners. 

Now I’m in Books and the team have been great- getting me up to speed with the many applications and software packages we use to publish a book. At the moment I’m looking after 6 books at various stages of production. Most books go through a review process and once approved we inform the authors or editors and contracts are signed. Authors then write the content and send us the final manuscript. The production team then take over and edit the manuscript. They then send the manuscript to type setters and then finally to the printers. The process takes 6 months from the manuscript being submitted to the hard cover copy being printed. All our recently printed copies hold pride of place on the shelf in the Books area. Some of our books are part of a subject specific series. We also have popular science books, textbooks and special periodical reports that highlight research carried out in a subject area within a certain year. Take a look at our books.

I’m also working on updating pages on our Books web pages so that they can be much more engaging for the website user. To help with this I’m getting trained in Google Analytics to help monitor the site and how it’s being used to help us create better user environments. 

Ive been working with the Book Sales Team as well. I’m researching about the books trade environment and booking appointments with distributors and book sellers at the London Books Fair- where anyone who’s anyone in Books publishing comes to.

This weekend past I helped out at the Cambridge Science Festival at the University of Cambridge’s Chemistry department. We had 5 stalls- representing our global challenges drive with various fun activities for children to learn more about how chemistry can be used to. I helped to create the Health stall with my partner Katrina. We created a Protein- Drug puzzle (out of plaster, paper mache and chicken wire!)- to help children understand the drug discovery process. The protein models were time consuming to make but I had a lot of fun creating an activity from scratch.  The whole day was a blast and was managed expertly by Debbie. All the grads and our volunteers worked very hard to get children inspired in chemistry!

The health stall- helping kids make medicines     
Helping kids make medicines at the Health stall 

Creating medicines that fit the shape of a protein's active site


An aardvark popped by to see the Chemistry Department's experiments!
 
Anu is a Graduate currently working in the Books Team 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 Anu Daniel on Mar 17, 2015 6:54 PM GMT

 

 



Two down, one to go!

 

So, this is my last day in the Strategic Partnerships team. When I come in on Monday it's all about making sure I remember to walk to my new desk in Marketing.


Throughout this rotation I've had the chance to develop  my writing skills and learn about communicating to a range of audiences.  I have written a brochure for one of our programmes, been involved in some grant funding applications and also tried my hand at a few more Chemistry World articles. February 2015 was the first anniversary of our Yusuf Hamied Inspirational Chemistry Programme which we launched in partnership with The Salters' Institute. To celebrate this, I was tasked with creating a brochure about the programme. One of the great parts of writing this was getting to talk to all the different people involved and hearing about what they've been doing on the project, although I didn't get to talk to Dr Hamied himself! But it was really satisfying when I got to see the end product designed and printed.

 

Over the last six months I have learnt so many new skills, one of the biggest for me being in commercial sales. I have been talking with a number of our Enterprise Plus members to ensure they are aware of all the benefits we provide and to help them advertise their company in Chemistry World. It's been a great way of finding out more about our Commercial Sales team.

 

As well as the various projects I've been working on, I've had the opportunity to attend events and go on visits to meet with partners which has been really fun. I was so pleased to be invited to the Bill Bryson Prize for Science Communication award ceremony back in October which was held down in Westminster at the House of Commons.

 

I’ll be sad to leave the Strategic Partnerships team but I'm really looking forward to what the final six months of the Graduate Scheme have in store for me.
 


Geri is a Graduate currently working in the Strategic Partnerships team 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 Geri Kitley on Feb 27, 2015 2:17 PM GMT
From bench monkey to science journalist wannabe in just three simple steps!

After having spent five years as a researcher, I got the unique chance to work as a trainee with the RSC - a very exciting change! I’m currently on rotation with Chemistry World. Everyone has been friendly and welcoming from day one, amazingly helpful and supportive. Working with theChemistry World team has introduced me to a huge variety of tasks, only few of which I can describe here. It certainly never gets boring! It is also extremely rewarding having an actual physical product containing bits of my work on my desk at the start of each month – and knowing that over 50,000 members will receive the magazine, too.

One of my main tasks has been to write research news article based on scientific publication. Starting with picking ‘newsworthy’ research out of the constant flow of upcoming scientific papers, I pitch them to our news editor during our daily news meetings and, if he and the team decide them to be of interest for our audience, write them up as a short article. The articles are aimed at an audience with a general chemistry interest and knowledge (usually no need to explain chemical staples like ‘enantiomer’) but it was still challenging to ditch all that jargon that I have accumulated over the years. Most articles include direct quotes from the lead author of the publication as well as comments from an independent expert. Conducting phone interviews to get these quotes can be scary at first, but most scientist are excited to talk about their research, pointing out both advantages and disadvantages of their new discoveries and are willing to answer even my stupidest questions. 
 
News writing gave me the chance to peek into a huge number of different research areas, from nanotechnology to synthetic biology. In the process, I have learned a lot about writing for different formats, and how to analyse and improve my writing style, in addition of more than a handful of new words.
 
I have also been involved in organising the Chemistry World science communication competition. I updated the website, promoted the competition on our social media and supported the team with setting up the prize-giving event, which included budgeting, finding a keynote speaker and sending out official invites. The competition closes very soon and I’m excited to see what brilliant ideas participants come up with for this year’s topic ‘chemistry and art’.

Despite having only two months left in this rotation, I have some exciting things in the pipeline: writing a full-length feature article on the 'innovation gap' (also ominously called 'valley of death') and putting together a buyer's guide for organic chemistry textbooks. Thinking I will have to leave the Chemistry World team soon brings a little tear to my eye, even though I don't doubt that upcoming rotations will be as exciting and fascinating. I'm looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people!


Katrina is a Graduate currently working in the Chemistry World team 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 Katrina Kramer on Jan 5, 2015 10:01 AM GMT
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