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How my chemistry degree from Bath led to a career in tech

Recent graduate, Clementine, talks about how her chemistry degree has given her the skills and confidence to pursue a career in tech.

I graduated from Chemistry with Management at Bath in 2021 and currently work as a Data and Tech graduate for EDF Energy.

My first experience of coding was during an evening class that was being run at uni during my second year called “an introduction to Python”. During this course I wrote a programme that used the Twitter API to generate real-time insights about keywords inputted by the user. This gave me the confidence to apply for tech graduate schemes and helped me secure a place on EDF’s Data & Tech grad scheme.

My grad scheme is two years long and involves four six-month placements in different business areas. I rotate around several teams, which I like because it's giving me a good understanding of the different roles in the industry. There's a lot of collaboration and problem-solving involved in my job. The nature of the tech world is that no one knows everything so there is a culture of sharing knowledge and teamwork which I really enjoy.

Initially, I was skeptical about applying to jobs in tech because I hadn’t had much experience in the field, but my degree in chemistry gave me a good foundation to apply to a large range of roles, and the strong analytical and problem-solving skills I developed set me up well for working in this industry.

‘My degree in chemistry gave me a good foundation to apply to a large range of roles, and the strong analytical and problem-solving skills I developed set me up well for working in this industry.’
Clementine Whitcomb Chemistry with Management graduate (2021)