Communications Officer, Academy of Medical Sciences
"After completing the MSc, I moved straight down to London to work at the Academy of Medical Sciences. We’re a small team, so my job is fast-paced and varied. I can be supervising a photoshoot one day and organising a public engagement event the next! Most of my work falls into three categories – press and publicity, online communications and social media, and events management – but there are lots of other tasks too, and I’m never bored. I really enjoy the variety, and the opportunities it gives me to sharpen my skills in different areas.
"In my spare time, I also do lots of hands-on engagement, which I love. I’m Chair of Science London, which is great fun, and I’ve run family workshops for everyone from the British Ecological Society to CBBC.
"The MSc definitely helped me get this job, and continues to help me even now. It gave me a solid understanding of the different ways science can be communicated, and the importance of meeting your audience’s needs, as well as lots of practical skills like copywriting and media analysis. It also gave me a good introduction to basic issues in the biosciences, which is very helpful in my current role, as I originally trained as a chemist!
"The course has also opened up a network of likeminded people, as I stay in touch with lots of alumni who have travelled far and wide across the country. Peer support and a reliable address book are definitely the keys to a successful career in science communication (although Twitter is handy too)."