Cheryl – R&D
Research and Development
Where I work for RB: England, Hull – Research and Development
Education: I graduated from the University of Reading in 2009 with a Masters in Chemistry. During University I tried to keep my options as open as possible by choosing courses which wouldn’t restrict my career choices. I chose to do a placement year so I would have some work experience under my belt before finishing University. I did my placement with GSK and split my time there between analytical sciences and synthetic development.
Career: After I finished University I began working for a company who are looking to develop pOLEDs (for those of you reading who are less ‘sciency’ – they are used in display screens). Although I enjoyed the working environment and the focus of the company, I found that I had little responsibility and next to no input on projects, unfortunately this is the case with a lot of entry level jobs. Personally I am not a typical science geek and I wanted to focus on developing my business and project management skills. I need to be constantly challenged, I’m ambitious and I craved real responsibility.
From my experience in the pharmaceutical sector I wanted a working environment which was faster to market with projects and where I wouldn’t be as restricted by rules and regulations. I decided FMCG would be perfect, looking around there are 3 big giants of this sector – but for me RB stood out in the crowd! RB has a company culture unlike any other I have experienced, it’s fast paced and challenging yet you are given the freedom and ownership to make your own choices. RB is not a traditional company, people who work here are definitely not ‘stuck in their ways’ and the atmosphere is energetic, you never know what’s coming your way next.
I started on the graduate scheme at RB, September 2010 (after a 3 month jaunt around SE Asia and Australia). My first placement which will last a year has been in category development working for Airwick. I have enjoyed my role from day one, you will find no boring induction scheme at RB – it is what you make of it! The exposure you receive on the graduate scheme is more than I ever could have imagined, my work is challenging but enjoyable and I feel like I am making a difference and impact to the companies’ success. Currently my day to day role is focused on new product development and the delivery of these to Market. My role requires a lot of creative thinking from how to solve project related problems to developing ideas for the next BIG thing. There is never a dull moment and my day always fly’s past – I must be having fun!