SBZ is excited to welcome Veronica O’Connell to our team. Veronica will be working as our Technical Support Coordinator, helping Alistair Little and our technical team with day-to-day tasks and being the point of support and advice, internally and externally.
What is your role in SBZ?
Technical Support Coordinator within the Technical Department.
What does your role involve?
My role involves being a point of technical support and advice in-house and externally and supporting the Technical Director and Product Managers in day-to-day tasks. This includes developing formulations, updating datasheets, and performing analytical additive testing and analysis.
What did you study, and how long did it take?
I studied Chemistry at Loughborough University. It was a four-year course that included an industrial placement year.
Would you want to study further?
I would love to pursue a master’s degree in the future or complete any relevant professional qualifications that would enhance my career.
What are your aspirations for the future?
To remain passionate about my job and to feel like I am making a real difference through my work. I would also love to travel and experience as much of the world as I possibly can.
What made you want to pursue a career in chemistry?
I became fascinated with chemistry because of its ever-evolving nature and ability to influence so many aspects of our everyday lives. It is a subject that can transform lives and make significant advances in the world around us.
What advice would you give to someone starting a chemistry degree?
Be proactive and seek out internship opportunities in the industry during holidays and complete a placement year to gain as much relevant experience in the field as possible. Also, seek out internships in different industries to experience various areas, so find the one you are most interested in. This will give you more opportunities and options when applying to jobs as a graduate.
What’s your life motto?
Everything happens for a reason.