Imran Jugon completed his Nuffield Research Placement in 2010 at the University of Leicester. He went on to study Maths and Actuarial Science there, and now works as a Student Actuary.
What was your project about?
My project was about Measuring changes in transgenerational genome stability in mice, following paternal exposure to the anti cancer drug procarbazine.
What was the highlight/best bit of your placement?
One of the highlights of my placement was being able to work alongside well-established academics, hearing about their knowledge and experiences was very inspiring. I also really enjoyed being a part of real-world research.
What path did you take after finishing your NRP and how has that led you to where you are today?
I went on to finish my A levels (maths, chemistry and biology) and because I still wasn't able to decide what career I wanted to pursue, I decided to study Maths and Actuarial Science at University of Leicester. After graduating, I found a job as a Student Actuary in a life office.
Did your Nuffield Research Placement have an effect on the choices that you made after finishing school/college/university?
I would strongly agree that my research placement had an effect on the choices I made after college. Although I have always found biology, chemistry and maths very interesting, I was unable to decide what path I wanted to follow. My project made me realise even though I loved biology and chemistry, working in a lab just wasn't for me. I researched other career paths I could have followed until I decided maths suited me better but I wouldn't have known that without the experience I got from my placement.
If you could give one piece of advice to Nuffield students about to start a placement what would it be?
Ask as many questions as you possibly can! Come prepared with any questions you may have, ask any questions that you think of during your placement and bring a notepad and pen to write everything down. This will definitely help when it comes to writing up your project at the end of the placement! Not just that, but if you're in the same position I was in not knowing what you want to do, it can be really helpful to look back over your experience and decide whether it is something you would want to pursue in the future.
Any other comments?
I found this placement to be a great experience and to this day I'm still really happy I was able to take part in it. It's something that sets you apart from most people and I've always been asked about my gold crest award in job interviews. I learnt a lot and if I had the chance to go back and do it again I definitely would!