23 November 2021

Future Scientist Award. Where are they now: Thi Hoang

The PERSOLKELLY Future Scientist Award is now open. The Award gives science graduates the opportunity to showcase themselves to employers from Australia’s leading scientific companies, get advice on how to present and prepare for interviews from our specialist Scientific recruiters and go in the running to win $1000.

We spoke to one of our 2021 winners, Thi Hoang, who is now working as a microbiology/immunology technician at the University of South Australia.

Can you describe your experience participating in the Future Scientist Award program?

I had a great time participating in the FSA program. I am thankful for the PERSOLKELLY staff, especially for Keelie! She was very friendly and helpful in assisting me in learning more about program and preparing for presentation day when we got through the interview stage.

One of my favourite parts was the chance to network with other graduates from all kinds of Science disciplines and industry experts after our presentations, as these opportunities do not come very often.

Can you list your three highlights from the program?

  • Getting to know staff from PERSOLKELLY
  • Presenting about my passion and skills
  • Networking with industry professional and other Science graduates

How has the Future Scientist Award helped you in your career?

Preparing for the presentation itself definitely gave me an opportunity to reflect on where my passions and strengths lie. During the Q and A session, one of the judges in the panel showed interest in offering me a job as a QC technician in a food company, to which I was quite surprised at the time. Even though I ended up not working with the company, as I am currently employed with the University of South Australia as a microbiology/immunology technician, we are still keeping in contact, and I am keen to learn more about new projects going on in the food laboratory.

What are your career plans?

At the moment, I am very happy with my role as a technician in the microbiology / immunology field. I hope to further expand my knowledge and skillset in not only these areas but also other aspects of the laboratory, such as Work Health and Safety, etc.

What advice would you give current Science graduates?

  • While looking for jobs online, it’s also a good idea to network and talk to as many people as you can, whether they’re your friends, family, former lecturers, etc. and let them know that you’re looking for a job.
  • Use your down-time to refine your technical knowledge and skills
  • Have confidence in yourself

Apply for the 2022 Future Scientist Award today!


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