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Lauren Cooper

When I was younger, my parents always encouraged me to choose subjects I was interested in, but also to consider ones that would ultimately help me to secure a job.

From Chemistry to Engineering

After my A levels I went on to study Chemistry at the University of Warwick. In my final year I had a sustainable materials lecture series with some academics from WMG. This was my first experience with the department and inspired me to apply for the Graduate Trainee Scheme. I have just started my second year, based in the Energy Innovation team, focusing on battery technology.

There’s always lots going on at WMG. There’s so many opportunities to progress and there’s industry experts literally everywhere! The Scheme also provides training modules to help develop knowledge in key areas.

Tutoring

Outside of my day job I am a tutor in Science, Chemistry and Maths for both A level and GCSE students. It’s great to be able to give something back and help them to go on to achieve their goals. As hard as it may seem I always tell them not to underestimate themselves.

I also tell all of my students not to feel pressured to continue with a career path if they feel it isn’t really working for them. I was initially set to study humanities but after chatting to a Careers Advisor I decided a science degree was probably a better route for me. Switching subjects was the best decision I ever made.

The biggest challenge I’ve faced, in my career so far, was setting up my first internship. It was so hard with little work experience, but I didn’t give up and eventually secured a position in quality control at a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Over the next few summers I was lucky enough to return to the research and development arm of the company in Germany. This gave me valuable work experience and helped to build my confidence too.

The future

Due to the COVID19 pandemic I’ve been doing more planning and target setting. However I’ll shortly be returning to the labs, in the Energy Innovation Centre, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the practical side.

 

 

Lauren Cooper