I enjoyed my placement very much because the people I worked with were very passionate about their job so it was joyous to listen to them talk about their roles and responsibilities. I gave it 8/10 stars because I didn't do much practical work as I'd like to have. Also I did feel that I had to take in lots of information all at once so it was quite daunting but other than that I had the most amazing time.
I have never felt so welcomed and valued in my whole life of working in different places. Everyone I met was so kind and warm towards me. This was one of the main reason why I want to go back and work there again as a permanent employee. That's all!
I received quite a lot of guidance and support. As soon as I entered the reception area, the employee knew who I was and informed me of what I was going to be doing for the 1 week. I received a lot of information booklets and advice on how I could achieve my dream role by taking different routes and in depth detail about this portfolio I had to complete.
I developed two major skills, which were communication and laboratory skill. I had to communicate with many different people for 1 week and in a scientific manner especially so I had improved a lot in that sense. I also learnt a lot about how the different automated machines worked and the basic laboratory procedures that are taken place in the chemistry and haematology departments, which will 100% benefit me in the future.
It was very well structured. I managed to get everything I wanted and more out of this work placement thanks to the organisation by the team. I looked at the different roles that were available at the pathology department and what the day to day work would look like. I also learned a lot about the different techniques and methods used at the lab in just 5 days. The managers knew what was planned each day and it went exactly as planned.
When working in the laboratories, the atmosphere was great because people weren't too serious about their job but were laid back while working hard at their job. The people I met were warm and invited my to join them for lunch. I also thought everyone was very friendly in the staff room where we were taking breaks.
The company did invest in a lot of their time and energy in making sure that I really got the most out of my work experience/placement at MKUH. They didn't offer me complete training but they did show me how to do small things that were important in organising samples.
To a massive extent literally. I mostly did work shadowing and so this meant that I really got to understand what being a biomedical scientist in each departments was like and the responsibilities that were involved. I also got to see the different experiments and tests they conducted to test for different diseases or illnesses.
I learned a lot about the company's culture within 5 days. I could see that the people who were part of the team were serious about their job and treated everyone with respect and dignity. I could also see that everyone is genuine and were keen on motivating and inspiring each other.
It was very valuable. I initially thought that I wasn't going to enjoy working as a biomedical scientists because I didn't enjoy what I was doing at university but after a weeks worth of experience. I had changed my mind because of how varied, practical and interesting the role was.
I was not paid because it was a work experience and so I was expected to just work shadow and not to hand on stuff as I would be dealing with real patient samples and data. My expenses were also not reimbursed because I am not an employee of the trust.
Yes there were opportunities. I managed to network with different people in the staff room when we had break twice a day and during lunch time when everyone was in the staff room. People took breaks at different times so it was a little but difficult to meet everyone there.
there were no networking or social event opportunities and so I can't really answer this question to the full extent. there were no networking or social event opportunities and so I can't really answer this question to the full extent. It was just a work experience/placement so they didn't organise anything like that.
No I didn't find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work. The work experience/placement was mainly focused on finding out what the biomedical scientists did in each department and what their main roles and responsibilities were. I could've asked that question but, I forgot to.
Yes I would 100% recommend this to my friend and anyone out there who are not sure if getting a career in biomedical science is right for them. The team at MKUH are amazing and they will look after you like you are part of their team. You won't be disappointed.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
6th September 2018