THE DOTS ONLY CONNECT BACKWARDS - IBIOIC SUMMER INTERN 2019

Shu Shan studies Biochemistry with Management at The University of Edinburgh. She reflects on her experience as our summer intern with the Commercial Team in the blog post.

I’ve always been a jack of all trades but a master of none. Having dipped my toes into many areas of interest, I would appreciate them all but would be too scared to commit. To quote the Bee Movie, “One job forever? That's an insane choice to have to make.” Even with my degree, I opted to do Biochemistry with a minor in Management as I could not decide on one subject. When I started university, I had no idea where I would end up but stepping into IBioIC for the summer has given me the opportunity see the knowledge I’ve gained from lecture halls translated into the real world.


Being part of the Business Development and MarComms team, I had a bird’s eye view on what goes on within the innovation centre. In the MarComms team, I mainly focused on providing support. From updating our website, sending out social media posts to planning our marketing calendar, I have got both a broad view of the department’s responsibility as well as the day to day grind of ensuring the correct information reaches the correct member in time. I’ve also had a go as a copy writer with both project and skills teams with some project calls.

Within the Business Development team, my main work was surrounding our customer relation management systems and membership engagement. This has been quite a challenging journey as we are trying to convert traditionally manual processes into a digitised process while ensuring our goals, targets and deliverables as an innovation centre are not compromised.

During my short time here, I have built a better understanding of B2B communications and business relations as well as learning how to plan and have strategic foresight for growth. Along with the hard skills I have learnt, I’ve also gain insightful experience and look forward to applying it as a learning in the near future.

I have been thoroughly inspired working at IBioIC this summer by the team members, member companies as well as the interns. My work over the summer has shown me the many opportunities that lies within IB from simply having the courage to pursue a concept you believe in. I’m grateful to end my time here at IBioIC with a better understanding of how both the science and business aspects of my degree may work together.

To bring it back to the title of this blog post, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards”; an old adage from Steve Job. While this “Jack” has not made up her mind on where she will go in the future, I hope to keep taking up opportunities which excite me and not fear taking on somewhat ‘non-traditional’ career paths knowing that my time here at IBioIC has really helped develop many of my hard and soft skills.

Many thanks to IBioIC and Skills Development Scotland for putting this program together. I have truly enjoyed my time at IBioIC this summer.