PIPS student profile
Department of Biosciences Durham University Stockton Road Durham DH1 3LE
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When deciding on your internship, what did you want to experience and what did you hope to gain from that experience?
I wanted to experience the difference in the working environments of industry research and academia. I also wanted to see a new area of research and gain a better understanding of it.
Did you get the experience you were expecting and did you achieve the personal development you had hoped to make?
Working in a small informal company resembled academia far more than I expected. I realised that 'industry' covers a large range of working environments rather than one particular style. I did learn a lot of things about a new industry (seed breeding) that I had never worked around before.
Has the internship made you feel differently about potential career options and has it helped to put the skills from research into a broader context?
No. I considered research in both academia and industry as potential career options before my internship and still do. I enjoyed my time there but nothing made me feel that industry would be a better choice. I still consider the progress of the next 2 years of my PhD more important in determining my suitability for either.