My most memorable moment as a student was finishing my thesis. It was the first time that I had been able to work completely independently and created something that was totally my own. The feedback and praise from my supervisor made me really believe in what I was truly capable of and that if I put the work into a project I would be able to achieve anything.
My current job is Laboratory Manager for Source Bioscience, which is an international bioscience company. I am responsible for running the entire Serology division and also the sequencing and analytical chemistry laboratories for the Rochdale site.
My main advice for students and graduates, especially in my field, is email labs asking for work experience. Any lab would be grateful for whatever time you are willing to sacrifice and many will offer short term contracts which will help you to tick that experience requirement on your CV. Also make sure your CV is the best it can be and keep it up-to-date on job websites and through LinkedIn. If you’re studying Biomedical Sciences like I did, the course is accredited but make sure to complete the IBMS folder as you won’t be able to find work in the NHS without it. This is important as the NHS provide very well paid and interesting work all over the country. The NHS is a great opportunity for work and to continue your studies.
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