Rachel Ramskill

Rachel Ramskill

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What are you doing in terms of your career?

Since completing my masters in Chemical Engineering in June, I have travelled to South America before starting my career as a Chemical Engineer at an oil refinery.

What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?

I am working for Essar Oil UK. My current role is as a Technologist on a hydro-treating unit. My role involves both day-to-day monitoring of the unit and the long-term reliability of it; it is my job to offer technical support for the operation of the unit to ensure it runs efficiently and safely whilst still producing a high quality product.

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career/will help with your future career?

Completing my degree at the University provided me with a strong technical skill-set that I can apply to solve real-life problems. Being on the committee of a university sports team and undertaking group projects as part of my degree enabled me to develop skills such as leadership and team-work, as well as teaching me how to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential in industry.

Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I chose Chemical Engineering because of the wide-range of industries the degree can be applied to. For example, oil and gas and pharmaceuticals. I decided to study at the University of Leeds as it was one of the top universities for the degree, as well as offering a good student experience in an amazing city.

What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why? Any highlights?

The best aspect of the course was the wide-range of modules on offer and the strong links with industry.

What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?

I'd say that Chemical Engineering is a solid degree as it offers a wide range of job opportunities, and that personally I enjoy working for an oil company due to the fast-paced nature of the industry and the constant need for innovative thinking.