12 May 15

Suffolk scientist carries out career experiment at Sizewell B

A determined female physics graduate from Woodbridge has been given an insight into science at Sizewell B.

Rebecca Morgan, 23, graduated from Bristol University in 2013 with a degree in Physics. Without securing a work experience placement Rebecca didn’t know what sort of career would suit her and she ended up working in a warehouse stacking shelves.

Determined to put her science skills to good use, Rebecca contacted Sizewell B to ask if the station might consider her for a work placement. With her science background she asked to shadow someone who worked in Health Physics.

Guy Renn, Head of Radiological Protection at Sizewell B who has put many graduates and Industrial Placement students through their paces, seized the opportunity to help out when the opportunity was flagged up by the station’s community liaison officer.

Guy said he started in a place similar to Rebecca’s: “I joined the nuclear industry after a really positive experience on an Industrial Placement (IP). The IP gave me a chance to look at the range of roles on offer so I could find out what I really wanted to do. It stood me in good stead as I have been with Sizewell B for 25 years.”

The placement at Sizewell B was a perfect fit for Rebecca as it gave her access to the Environmental Safety Group at the station, responsible for Chemistry, Health Physics and Environmental Safety. As Rebecca found out it’s not just about working in the station labs though. She spent time in the turbine hall where power is made for over 2million people and got access to the new emergency response centre to see for herself the resilience of the station.

Rebecca said: “The work experience at Sizewell B has been great. People assume that physics is geeky but it isn’t. I got to see for myself the sort of jobs a good foundation in science can lead to and it has also helped me prepare for job interviews, to see things from an employer’s perspective.”

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