Jacob Conolly

Jacob Connolly

What is the name of the company you work for and what do they do?

The company is called Analox Group. It has two smaller companies called Analox Sensor Technology and Analox Military Systems. Analox makes gas sensors for a wide range of environments, such as, Hospitality, Laboratories, Commercial Diving and Submersibles. 

What is your role within the company?

I work as part of Research, my job is to explore new ideas for products, test new types of technology and determine whether these new ideas are viable. 

Can you please give me an insight into a typical day?

Generally the first thing I do is to check my calendar and emails. I often contact other companies to inquire about their products and discuss whether their products are of any use to Analox. Then I could spend the day testing, working in the lab or the temperature controlled room. Or I may spend the day researching and writing a research report. 

What do you enjoy the most and do you get involved in any interesting projects?

The research projects I do are all cutting-edge, challenging and will actually benefit the company in the long-run - it makes it really rewarding and worthwhile. 

Why did you want to undertake a year in industry?

I wanted to gain some experience in the Engineering Industry and have something that really stands out on my CV. I'm not completely sure what I want to do upon graduating, so doing the placement is helping me to decide.

What do you think you have got out of this experience so far? 

I have gained a lot of valuable experience, learning how the company operates and how the different departments all contribute to the business. So far, I have improved my research skills, time management and my practical ability.

Do you have any tips and advice to current students thinking of undertaking a year in industry?

I would definitely recommend doing a year in industry if you can. Once you start second year, it’s worth starting to apply for placements, or at least researching what is out there. Make full use of the careers team at university, they can help you look through your CV and give you lots of advice. Also look for charities and organisations that work to get people into placements - there are a lot to do with STEM subjects.