After graduating from university the first time around I was a bit stuck for ideas about what to do with my career, university prepares you for work in many ways but does leave you in open water once you have finished, as most scientific job roles rely on experience. I came across the advert for a higher apprenticeship with Cobra biologics and quickly got excited about the idea – it seemed like a perfect opportunity to gain access to the industry, and build my skills and understanding in the field. I was a little apprehensive about taking on a second undergraduate degree but the way the study is blended with practical work and useful industry skills gives it a completely different feel to academic study. Looking back, I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon this opportunity and now have no doubts that it is the right path for me.