UWS Graduate Success Stories: Mandy Smith

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BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate Mandy Smith, Learning Academy Coordinator at Merck Life Science UK, tells us how the UWS Mentoring Scheme helped her as a UWS student and why she has joined as a mentor.

Tell us about your time at UWS

My time at UWS was quite short as I came straight into the 3rd year of my degree as a part of my college course, however during my time I was able to take part in a work placement within my local high school as part of their science department and I took part in the Employer Mentoring Scheme.

Tell us about your experiences since leaving UWS

Since leaving UWS, I got a job within Merck as part of their Cell Culture Media manufacturing site as a Production Technician, since then I progressed to the role of Material Handler working in Material Management side of the business before progressing on to the role of Operations Training & Development Coordinator for the site.

What advice would you give to current students at UWS?

Be open minded about what you want to do after University. Doing a Biomedical degree I always assumed I would be working in a lab but after ending up in life science manufacturing, I couldn’t see myself being in a lab now and prefer this side of science.

What support did you get from the Careers Service at UWS?

I was a mentee on the UWS careers’ Employer Mentoring scheme when I was a student and through the scheme I got help with my CV and interview skills. Realising how competitive the job market would be, pushed me to get involved to hopefully give me that edge over other applicants.

As a graduate I have now returned as a mentor in the scheme to help current UWS students.

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