Lucy J.

Trainee Clinical Scientist (Genomics)
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About me

Lucy J.
United Kingdom

My employment

Trainee Clinical Scientist (Genomics)
United Kingdom
Large business (250+ employees)

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A day in the life of a Trainee Clinical Scientist (Genomics) in the United Kingdom

NHS Scientist Training Programme

The recruitment process

National recruitment cycle starts each January on NSHCS website.
1) Submit application online (Jan-Feb).
2) Complete 2 aptitude tests online - Numerical and Logical (Jan-Feb)
3) Attend interview - in multiple-mini interview format (March-April)

My career history

I started at a DNA profiling company working in forensics/relationship analysis after graduating. I worked here for 5 years in a variety of lab/interpretation roles. This was a great graduate entry job with many fresh graduates working in the industry.

I then worked as a Lab Manager for a Virology diagnostics lab for 2 years.

What has helped my career to progress

Having a good attitude and being proactive in taking things on/helping others/improving processes helped me gain several promotions at the DNA profiling company I worked at.

For interviews, I prep by researching the company and putting thought into a few examples of when I've shown key competencies.

Courses taken since graduation

Online Genomics courses on Coursera - helped keep my knowledge up to date and show enthusiasm to potential employers for the field.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

Registered Clinical Scientist.

My advice about working in my industry

If interested in the NHS STP Programme:
- Attend open days (usually in Jan)
- Try visit relevant hospital departments

This gives a good insight into the career, and also shows enthusiasm/motivation which the recruitment process is heavily focused on.

What I do

This is a graduate scheme in the NHS where you train for 3 years to get registered as a Clinical Scientist in a particular specialism. You work at a hospital and also study for a Masters qualification alongside. My specialism is Genomics, this involves analysing patient test results for Genetic conditions and liasing with clinicians.

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