5 science graduates who are now working in other industries, and how you can do the same

Helen Jackson
Campaigns Executive

Having a Science degree doesn’t mean you have to spend your life surrounded by test-tubes and wearing lab coats.  

Logic and strong numerical skills are valued all over, which means you will be welcomed into almost any industry with open arms.

Below, you can read about five grads who studied science subjects, before going on to work in industries as diverse as Recruitment, Tourism and Finance. Plus, they're all based in teams that are hiring other graduates right now – so why not be the next scientist in their ranks?

Scroll down and be inspired. 


1. Olivia – a Programmatic Display Account Manager at Merkle Periscopix – studied Biology at the University of Birmingham


Despite her scientific background, Olivia had always known she wanted to pursue a career that was more creative. When she came across a job advertisement for Digital Marketing agency Merkle-Periscopix’s Programmatic Display graduate scheme, she realised that was the one for her:

“I saw that the skills I had gained in my degree, things like analysing data, would sit really well in Programmatic, as it’s the more technical side of Marketing,” she remembered. “I ended up reading up a lot about it, and didn’t find myself getting bored at all… so that’s why I chose it.”

Once in the role, Olivia got stuck into their training academy designed to help her get to grips with this relatively new industry, which involves devising and optimising advertising campaigns on webpages. After a few months, she was given the autonomy to work directly with clients and has been trusted on big accounts: “One exciting project that I’m working on at the moment is for one of the biggest UK retailers... and the results are going to inform their Christmas strategy, which is exciting.”

Merkle-Periscopix are currently hiring grads like Olivia in London. You’ll enjoy a salary of up to £25,000 plus a host of amazing perks, including: a pool table onsite; an office auditorium for film screenings; weekly yoga sessions; a book club; regular group activities such as Zorb Football and much more.

The closing date is 8 December 2017




2. Amy – a Resourcer at Harvey Nash – studied Marine Biology at the University of Portsmouth




3. Rebecca – a Second Assistant at McDonald’s – studied Biomedical Science at Queen’s University, Belfast




4. Sophie – a Business Tax Trainee at Smith and Williamson – studied Biology and Chemistry at Durham University




5. Casey - a Team Manager at Maxxima - studied Sport and Exercise Science at Anglia Ruskin University




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