What do you do?
I manage the Haematology Laboratory that processes all the Full Blood Counts and coagulation screens for the whole of the region. We also diagnose Malarial Parasites, bleeding disorders, thrombosis and Leukaemias and other blood cancers.
Why did you choose this field?
I got into the job by accident. I was always interested in biology and science at school. I went on to do a BSC (Hons) Human Nutrition. I got a job as a lab assistant and enjoyed working in a hospital laboratory environment. I was offered the job of a haematology trainee BMS and completed on the job logobook training. I attended University one day a week and completed a PGCert in Biomedical Science. I had a viva and passed to become a state registered BMS with the HCPC.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
To be able to have a successful science career and balance having children also.
Why do you love working in STEM?
Because no day is ever the same. It's an exciting time in STEM with so many changes going on. I look forward to waking up to a new challenge and feeling equipped to handle anything that is thrown at me.
Best advice for next generation?
Make sure you choose an accredited course if you have a specific end job in mind. Try and get as much work experience as you can. Don't let anybody tell you that you can't achieve something, if you put the work and effort into it, you can achieve anything.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Be the best that you can be.”