Jing, Waste and Safety Technician in the Department of Chemistry, shares her work experiences.
I joined the Department of Chemistry in 2015, after the Blackwell Bookshop in the York campus closed its doors just before Christmas 2014. At that time, I just wanted a job that suited me, but four years down the line, I feel this was meant to be.
Each working day:
Previously I did office-based work mainly in the Alumni Office at the University of York, after temping between other administrative offices. During this time, I worked with a number of databases, developed a taste for visual communication, and kept up with fast developments in information technology. Following on from this, I spent 18 months at the Blackwell Bookshop on. Working with book lovers was a treat, meeting people with interesting and varied lives was inspirational.
In my current job I use all the skills I have learned in my previous jobs, studies and volunteering experiences. I have a good balance between desk tasks and out-and-about physical activities on each working day. I also appreciate opportunities to interact with different stakeholders including students and staff from all departments within the University, visitors and service contractors. I feel life becomes richer as a result.
In my working life so far, two memories stand out above all others. I went to Westminster in London to attend an event in 2009, which was an awesome experience. I am not a politically oriented person; however, meeting people working there and seeing the long history left in that place, I felt I could join them to make a difference at the time. Another is a recent training day at a Fire Rescue Service training centre. The memory and feeling of crawling on both knees toward a burning fire in full fire fighter gears have imprinted on me. I am inspired to be firmer and more diligent in doing my job in the future as a result.