Undergraduate study

Hannah Holden

Chemistry with Analytical Science graduate

Hannah graduated in 2016. Find out what she did next.

Why did you choose Chemistry?

Before coming to university, I studied Chemistry, Biology and Maths at sixth form college. I originally applied for chemical engineering, but after work experience, I decided that career path was not for me. Instead, I decided to study chemistry as it had always been my favourite subject and I'm glad I did as I really enjoyed it (most of the time).

Where are you now?

I am currently working in the food industry as a Concept Developer. My role is to develop new and existing food products that the company manufacturers. I look after the food service part of the company, meaning the food I develop goes into restaurant chains, schools, hospitals etc.

How did you get there?

I chose to apply for a role like this because I have always been interested in food. I based my dissertation on food chemistry and I felt it would be a great way to use the skills I had learnt on my course in a new and exciting way. Although there is not much chemistry involved, my knowledge of chemical structures comes into use when working with flavours. It is also allowing me to learn new skills, which will be useful throughout my working life. I applied for this role with the help of a recruitment agency who advised me throughout the interview stage, as well as helping me find somewhere to live.

Where are you going?

I am excited to produce new products that will appear on menus of restaurants I have eaten at for years; it will give me a great sense of pride and achievement to see that my hard work has paid off. I am not too sure what the future holds for me, but there is so much I can do with a chemistry degree under my belt that I'm sure I'll find the best fit possible. I have also thought about going into teaching. I think it would be a great way to use my degree in an environment that is fun and keeps you on your toes.