Podcast Transcript – Pyry Kartunnen

Today’s podcast features an interview with UNT alumnus Pyry Kartunnen, we asked him questions related to his program and a little bit about his postgraduation career path. We hope you’ll stay tuned 

My name is Pyry Kartunnen, sometimes I just go by Alex because its easier. I am an undergraduate at UNT Junior right now and my graduation will be about May 2021. 

Why did you choose your specific degree? So I chose my specific major chemistry, basically because. I’ve always been interested in chemistry, you kind of break things down into like the building blocks of life and everything, and there’s so much left to discover today. And basically when you look at almost everything, every industry and everything, there’s chemists and chemical engineers involved somehow behind the scenes working on it. 

What are some general tips for current students to feel engaged in on the right path during their time at UNT? So actually, that’s one of the things I still need to work on a bit. I haven’t been that involved with the campus groups and stuff, but I’m a member of the American Chemical Society is off campus. But I believe recently they’ve started a ACS chapter on UNT, though, so I need to get in touch with them about that. The American Chemical Society or ASC part-timefor short. 

It’s basically like a large pool of different professionals, chemists and either in academia or in professional fields. It’s basically like it’s networking like on a large scale. And then they also do a lot of different conventions, new things that are coming up in the fields and stuff like this. 

Do you have any advice for current students searching for internships? Number one thing is getting contact with the Career Center if you want to do internships or part time jobs while being a student, there is UNTwhen I talk to the Career Center first time, it turned out that there was actually quite a few different openings for internships and part time jobs in the science fields. It’s just I guess a lot of students don’t know about it, so they don’t even apply. 

So there’s a lot of openings and I would say get in contact with them at least a few few months before your semester starts. That way you can kind of change your schedule if you need to, to match up and be able to work at the same time. 

Tell us about your internship with radiopharmaceuticals overall. 

I’m doing I’m working with one of the chemists, one of the lead chemists in the research department. They call it discovery chemistry. And I’m a chick for the purity of different compounds coming in for testing and then the solubility of different chemicals that we produce. The first time I contacted was it was because it was the best fit for me. No one has to be able to mix my classes in the right time. So it’s not too much of a drive for me and. 

I was able to kind of work my school schedule around work time, and then another thing, there was a few different jobs that kind of matched it. And one thing about it is they’re there on the leading edge of like developing new new medicines and new medicines for a kidney disease, actually. So it’s pretty interesting. 

What was the toughest question you’ve been asked during an interview? For the internships, undergraduate internships, in the interviews, they don’t really ask you too many technical questions, it’s more focused on safety. One thing is the general safety. That was a big one they talked about. And also the one that actually stressed about was why I chose chemistry in the first place. I believe that they want to know basically because they want to hire people who actually want to work there and want to be a part of what they’re doing and not someone who’s going through the motions. 

How has the career center helped you? UNT Career Center, they’re actually they have quite a few resources that you can utilize them. I think the biggest thing that helped me out was I did a mock interview before my actual interview with Susan at the career center. She kind of gave me some tips and pointers. I didn’t think about maybe discussing about the classes I’ve done and what I’ve learned so far. And yet they put you in touch with different employers. 

There’s actually a lot of them do come contact the university to see if there’s any available students. They could have internships and stuff. 

So they got in contact with a lot of the companies. And I was emailing with regard to actually filing a month before I actually did the interview. 

Do you have any extra advice to share? I’d see the best way to make your time on campus the most productive is. Get in contact with the different industry professionals as early as possible, you can even your freshman year. Some companies will take you and then ensure you don’t have to wait until your junior senior year. Also, just begin networking as soon as possible. The more people you know, more contacts you know, the more opportunities you will have. This seems simple, but most people don’t do it.