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A day in the life of a PhD Endocrinology in Spain
I was always passionate about scientific research since I started my undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey, then worked as a research tech at Texas (USA) and London, which was a great experience.
Briefly describe the organisation you work for
University of York
What do you do?
I'm currently doing an MSc and applying to international PhDs
Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?
I was always passionate about scientific research since I started my undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey, then worked as a research tech at Texas (USA) and London, which was a great experience. I am currently doing an MSc, which will help to start a Ph.D. in the field of my choice: neurodevelopment and genetics!
Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?
Definitely, it's much more hard work than I ever imagined... but it's really really worth it. I always improve my set of skills, and I will always be a student in the eyes of science.
Describe your most memorable day at work
The day, or moment, where I realized I was good at what I was doing. The lab and academic research itself always feel a lot more than you can handle, but with practice and effort, you will master any skill/objective you set as your goal.
Are there any challenges associated with your job?
Many, including experiment techniques, lab skills, and knowledge. But as I say, time and effort are all that you will need and persistence! The new (bio)technologies are often scary, but exciting at the same time to be part of it.
What’s your work environment and culture like?
I have mostly worked in the lab, which is a very calm and nice atmosphere. Everyone should try to be organised because if not the lab becomes a mess though. I was born and raised in Spain, and always need to come back home for some holidays with the family - but I love the UK's academic culture (except for the weather). In the UK, scientific culture is much more appreciated, understood, and shared amongst the community, which is a great pro.
What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?
I became a course rep during my MSc studies, which really helped me in getting to understand administrative procedures as well as keeping my mind open when it comes to university issues. Also, I have volunteered in a food community hall, Pint of Science, and TECH First Challenge UK. All in a year in York! The point is - there are so many volunteering and extracurricular activities you can choose from, so I advise you to make the most out of them before you leave university!
What would you like to do next with your career?
I am looking forward to starting an international Ph.D.
What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?
Be patient, and do not grieve on your rejections. There is a lot of competence out there... you just have to tailor your job market and be as specific as you can when applying to jobs or postgraduate studies after graduation.
What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?
All are welcome!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
If you love travelling, a career in scientific research also encourages this!
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