Stephen Moncrieff

About me

I am a fermentation scientist employed by Merck Millipore. We produce 60% of the worlds monoclonal antibodies used for blood typing kits. I left school to study forensic psychobiology at university (a combination of forensics, psychology and biology as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do yet!). After graduating I took time out to work various jobs and travel as much as possible before I ended up in my current role with a great company and a job which constantly offers new challenges and learning opportunities.

Left school

June 2012

Senior Phase

I achieved Highers (SCQF level 6) in Biology, Human Biology, English, Physical Education, Business Management, Product Design (now known as Design & Manufacture) and Geography.

Choosing my Destination

I looked at what universities offered courses in subjects I was interested in and attended open days.

Extra Curricular & Work Experience

At school I was in the basketball team, I also took extra curricular active Stirling and lifesaving courses. These helped me gain skills in areas I was interested in and helped me apply them to life post school.

Skills I've developed

Good teamwork and creative problem solving are both essential skills which I use every day. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is also essential to help you through higher education and work!

My Advice

Pick the subjects which interest you, not the ones you feel you have to. Don’t be afraid to try new things and broaden your horizons.

It’s okay to not know what you want to do in 10 years, focus on what interests you and the rest will come.