As part of the many benefits of membership, the Institute offers a route to Chartered Scientist (CSci) status. Viki Taylor spoke to Dr Rachael Ambury, Senior Scientist at Element Six, about the qualification.
Rachael has worked for Element Six as Senior Scientist since January 2013, within its oil and gas division. Prior to this, she worked for Morgan Technical Ceramics for nearly three years. Rachael gained her PhD from the School of Materials Biomaterials Group at the University of Manchester.
What made you decide to apply for CSci status?
I was awarded CSci status alongside CEng status in January 2013. I decided to apply for professional recognition of my scientific, engineering and managerial skills within materials science. Professional qualifications strengthen your CV and encourage a lifelong commitment to professional development, whether this is learning a new scientific technique or the ability to enhance interpersonal skills.
How important is it that employers support routes to this kind of qualification?
It is very important, I am very pleased my employer is supportive. Element Six pays for my Institute membership, as part of the company’s commitment to continued professional development. The company is also committed to providing me with the necessary support to allow me to continue with my professional development, such as providing study leave for exams.
Has being a CSci furthered your career or helped with anything that would not have been possible previously?
Being both CSci and CEng accredited has enabled me to use these designatory letters on all my professional correspondence, which demonstrates to current and prospective customers that I am committed to applying good solid, robust science and engineering practices at all levels. CSci reinforces your reputation, and given the fact that I work within the highly competitive manufacturing and energy sectors, professional recognition gives assurance to customers and a competitive advantage.
As a member of the Younger Members' Committee and a CSci, why do you think YMC activities and furthering your qualifications are important?
The YMC works with the Institute to represent the views of younger members, providing a range of events from soft skills seminars to treasure hunts around London that allow members the chance to meet and network. The next event the YMC is running is our dedicated Research and Innovation Conference on 9 December. The event will be co-hosted with the IOM3 Surface Engineering Group. This conference will provide a unique opportunity for young engineers, scientists and technologists to exchange ideas, improve presentation skills and CVs, increase materials knowledge and develop industrial and academic links. Being both a CSci and CEng on the committee enables me to demonstrate to younger members that professional qualifications are valuable and attainable.