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As students in Key Stage Five give their future career plans serious consideration, to those contemplating a career in chemical engineering were invited to attend a talk led by Old Blue Jack Hayes from the Class of 1991, on Wednesday 12th October.

Since completing his Chemical and Process Engineering degree from the University of Newcastle in 1994, Jack has worked for a number of companies within the chemical industry including, Sun Chemical and Valspar, which have provided him with a valuable insight into a wide variety of areas such as oil refinement.

Currently based at Unilever’s Port Sunlight Research and Development Laboratory Jack highlighted aspects of his current role which involves working with home care brands including Domestos, Comfort and Persil. Jack and his team are responsible for the scaling up of new innovations from the laboratory to the main factory.

As well as highlighting the work his current job entails, Jack provided our aspiring chemical engineers with a broad picture of the chemical industry; the many sectors the industry comprises of, from biotechnology to pharmaceuticals, the key components that go into making a good chemical engineer including leadership and project management skills and the number of opportunities associated with the industry, such as world travel.

Jack represents a fantastic role model for current Blue Coat chemists and we thank him for delivering such a broad yet detailed presentation. Our students are extremely grateful and welcome information designed to help them make informed decisions about the career choices available to them.

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