Rob Finch

My degree course gave me a very good foundation of knowledge and skills in most areas of the subject.  I use what I learnt in the polymer chemistry and organic chemistry modules on a daily basis.

Current position: Scientist

Company: Revolymer Ltd

 

What route have you taken to get to your current position?

I was put forward for an interview for the position at Revolymer by a recruitment consultant who visited the School towards the end of my final year.

My industrial experience placement played a part in me being offered the job as a number of my ex-colleagues were now working for Revolymer.  I believe networking was very important, particularly at the start of my career.

What does this position involve?

The main focus of my work is the synthesis and formulation of novel polymers; Revolymer work in collaboration with market leaders, in a diverse range of industries, in order to develop polymers that deliver benefits to consumer products.

I have also gained some experience in managing projects.  This involves preparing work plans, planning lab work and managing communications with our customers and raw material suppliers.

What do you most enjoy about your current role?

My role at Revolymer is very varied and I have had the opportunity to gain experience in developing polymers for a wide range of applications including personal care, coatings and adhesives.

What did you most enjoy about your course?

I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to experience a year working in the chemical industry. This gave me a great insight into what type of position I would be suited to after graduating.

What skills/knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

My degree course gave me a very good foundation of knowledge and skills in most areas of the subject.  I use what I learnt in the polymer chemistry and organic chemistry modules on a daily basis.

What advice would you give to students applying for the same course that you took?

I would highly recommend the Chemistry course at Manchester, it was interesting and challenging but you receive a lot of support from the tutors. 

I would also recommend getting involved with the RSC young members’ network which regularly organises social events for Manchester’s Chemistry students including pub crawls and networking events.

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