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Natural Sciences Degree
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Ashni Shah

BSc Natural Sciences 2012, Procurement Graduate Programme, GlaxoSmithKline


Studying Natural Sciences enabled me to develop my interests in Molecular Biology, Maths and Statistics without truly knowing what career path I wanted to pursue. Be it research, academia or medicine; or finance, banking and procurement, the nature of the degree is such that you are able to strengthen your knowledge of the natural sciences and develop the skills required in a broad spectrum of careers.

In my second year on the BSc course I applied to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for an internship in Procurement. I was responsible for managing spend in Biopharmaceutical research. I started to develop an understanding of Procurement whilst using material from my degree to relate to and manage relationships with the scientists at GSK. I found I enjoyed the demands of Procurement, the flexibility and responsibility, and so my internship led me to accept a role on the Procurement Graduate Programme at GSK in September 2011. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and have since managed Media Services, eSourcing and a wealth of services across our European markets. I have travelled to many of the markets in my remit, and in March 2013 will be moving to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to support the Procurement function for Latin America.

The Natural Sciences course really allows you to pursue your interests and gives you limitless opportunities for your career – I will always recommend the course and UCL!”

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