What do you do?
My role as a biomedical scientist involves processing samples in the Blood Sciences laboratory, analysing and reporting the results to aid the diagnosis of cancer as well as monitor the progression and treatment of disease. I also work in blood transfusion which involves performing tests to ensure the compatibility of blood products before they are issued and transfused to patients. As a training officer, my roles involves delivering training and organising the training programmes for new trainees to build a highly skilled workforce. I am also responsible for mentoring students and trainees while completing their portfolios to achieve their IBMS Certificate of Competence in order to become registered with the HCPC as a biomedical scientist.
Why did you choose this field?
I have always enjoyed human biology and wanted to work in a hospital to help patients, these two aspects combined allows me to work in pathology using my knowledge gained during the study of science as well as make a difference to patients lives whilst working behind the scenes.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Being the first girl in my family to study further and have a career while managing a family is my biggest achievement. Ten years ago i did not imagine i would be where i am today; if i had known it was possible, i would have aimed higher from the beginning. That being said, i have achieved everything I’ve wanted to and will encourage those after me to aim high from the start!
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love being able to make a difference not only to patients as a biomedical scientist but also to the trainees who rely on me for support in my role as a training officer. Seeing my trainees succeed and become confident in their roles who then develop into specialist biomedical scientists gives me huge job satisfaction.
Best advice for next generation?
Seek out opportunities and grab them when they come. Volunteering in an area you have an interest in will not only give you the experience you need but the skills and knowledge required for recruitment.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise.”