Eimantas from Lithuania – Alumnus of the programme
What year did you graduate?
"I graduated from the Master's Programme in Biotechnology in 2019."
What is your current job and where is it located?
"I am currently doing a PhD at Lund University in Lund, the Division of Biotechnology. Before my PhD, I worked as an engineer for a couple of years."
How did you find your job and how long did it take?
"Getting my first job after graduating took me around 3 months only, and during that time I was already working in the university as a project assistant. I always knew that I wanted to do a PhD, but I also knew that I wanted to do the right one and with the right supervisor. During my Master’s, I had a plan of making as many connections as possible because I knew that getting a PhD is not only about knowledge and skill but also networking. One day I was contacted by my former degree project supervisor who encouraged me to apply to the position.
In general, the beginning of a job search after graduation can be intense and stressful but once you will get some experience you will be a desired specialist on the job market. After 2 years in the biotech industry, I was receiving calls from head-hunters in Sweden, the UK, the US, EU with job offers that were hard to say no to."
How are you changing the industry or the world (in a large or small way)?
"Doing a PhD means pushing the knowledge of humanity one step further towards utopia. In my case, the mentioned utopia is sustainable and environmentally friendly production of chemicals, where no or very little waste is created."
What was especially useful about the programme that you use in your everyday work?
"Since I am doing a PhD, I can say that everything was useful. In general, the programme has a relatively strong connection to the industry which makes it easier to get a job after graduating. Many professors and administrative personnel know the key players in the industry, which makes Lund University a great place for networking and reaching your professional goals. My former programme colleagues are now working as scientists and engineers in countries like Switzerland, Iceland and Germany."
What do you miss most from your time at the programme? What were the highlights of your study time at Lund?
"Without any doubt, I miss my friends the most. During the 2 years of studying, I made many friends from all around the world. I still keep in touch with some of them and meet them regularly."
Why do you think prospective students should choose the Biotechnology programme?
"Lund University is a great place to further improve your knowledge and skills, find many friends and kick start your professional career. If you are driven by cutting-edge technologies, LU is the place where you want to be. In addition, the most advanced equipment can be found in Lund and the programme in Biotechnology will open all doors to learning how to use it."