National Health Service
Sector: Health Science, Science
Location: Outside Canada
Type: Career Profile
Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Health
I get to work with other healthcare professionals both inside and outside of the lab. I am also able to see many interesting-looking organisms under the microscope. I also attend events outside of the lab where I speak with the general public on the importance of lab testing.
From an early age I knew I wanted to have a science-related job but I wasn't sure what kind exactly. At university, I first studied a different program. But this program didn't feel right at the time so I switched to the Biomedical Sciences program. I got this job when I graduated. I started off as a lab assistant while completing my training and worked my way up.
Try and ask at your local hospital if you can have a tour around the lab - if you can practice streaking agar plates for them, so much the better!
I enjoy reading books and watching YouTube videos (mostly makeup tutorials and fashion hauls). I also like travelling and trying out new places to eat.
I process a range of patient samples to see if there are any micro-organisms growing on them. This may mean smearing samples onto agar plates and then looking for any growth the next day. Or it might mean putting the samples on an automated analyser which will produce the test results. I use a computer to book the test request. I also will input the results of the tests using a computer program. These results are then sent to the doctor. These results are used to make a diagnosis of the patient's condition and to see the best treatment option for them.
I was born/grew up in: Manila, Philippines
I now live in: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
I completed my training/education at: BSc Biomedical Sciences, University of Sunderland
When I was
- Literature and English language arts
- Home Economics
- Foods & Nutrition
- Brought people together
- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given specific instructions
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Was really creative
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
- Learned best by doing