|Pre-registration clinical scientist|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Pre-registration clinical scientist in the United Kingdom
NHS scientist training programme
What I do
I'm training to be a clinical scientist with a specialism in molecular and cellular genetics and genomics
Skills I use and how I developed them
Scientific skills through my degree and communication skills through my previous job as a medical rep
What I like most
I'm doing rotations in embryology, histopathology and immunology, they're really interesting and I'm able to do/see some really cool stuff (in vitro fertilisation/ post-mortems/ genome analysis and immunology clinics).
I also really enjoy the integrated masters that is part of the training, a huge variety of topics are covered.
What I like least
There is a lot of work! It's hard to juggle building a portfolio while doing workplace and masters exams.
What surprised me most
Getting accepted for the job!
My career goals when I graduated
To earn loads of money.
My career history
I worked as a rep for two years following graduation, it paid very well but I missed studying.
Courses taken since graduation
MSc clinical science
How my studies have helped my career
Without a good degree from a good university I may not have been considered for graduate jobs.
What surprised me about my career so far
How important job satisfaction is.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
By the pool with a cocktail in Australia.
My advice to students considering work
Build your CV early, pre-work responsibilities give you something to talk about in interviews.
Don't get disheartened if you don't get the job straight away!
Feel free to contact with questions about the NHS scientist training programme, healthcare work and working as a medical device rep... Don't ask anything about biochemistry because I'm no good at it!
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