Tomorrow’s workforce

Issued: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:24:00 GMT

Students are faced with an increasingly challenging job market on graduation. Offering an internship is one of the many ways that alumni can help to give the next generation of Glasgow graduates valuable work experience. 

Alumnus Iain McDougall (BEng 1991), pictured above, found that having a student intern was also a great help to his company Taragenyx. Iain first took on Tom Davie as a summer intern through the University’s work placement scheme (Club 21). Tom proved he was an essential asset to the company during his internship and once he graduated became a full-time employee helping Taragenyx to achieve their international growth plans. 

 ‘Tom was very unusual in that he not only understood our science, but he was interested in the business of fast-moving technology, and more importantly, he really had the hustle to dive straight into start-up culture,’ says Iain. ‘Send us more people like Tom!’

Taragenyx is tackling the global problem of orthopaedic implant failure across a rapidly ageing population by developing bio-regenerative orthopaedic and dental implant solutions, which allow patients to heal faster with far less pain.

Tom, who graduated in Anatomy in 2013, is meeting and pitching these implant solutions to some of the world’s leading life science entrepreneurs and venture capital investment firms in London, Boston and Palo Alto. 

Many alumni like Iain have offered internships and work placements to students like Tom through the University’s Club 21 scheme. Find out how you can do the same, or how to get involved with other careers events and initiatives, at

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