Today he is part of a team that works on a variety of important research projects. Some of them could even save lives, such as the prostate cancer home-monitoring kit, which could significantly increase their quality of life by reducing the amount of hospital appointments they need to attend.
He’s pleased with his career choice. “I get to work in an environment where I learn something new every day and I am constantly challenged”.
After completing his studies in biomedical sciences, he initially wasn’t sure of his next step. The breakthrough came when he applied to do voluntary lab work at Newcastle University. This hands-on experience proved invaluable when he successfully applied for his current role there.
Philip believes he has the patience and good problem-solving skills required for the role, along with a natural curiosity. “I’ve learnt an enormous amount working in a research environment and would recommend technician work to any student interested in science”.
Philip - Career Pathway
Finished Sixth Form with A Levels in Biology, English Literature and Media Studies
Completed BSc Undergraduate Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Northumbria University
Took a year out and worked in retail
Voluntary lab work at Newcastle University
Full-time Research Technician in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, Newcastle University
Pharmaceutical technicians work in hospitals or in the community and assist pharmacists in the preparation and dispensing of drugs and medicines.
University of Edinburgh, College of Medicine and Vet Medicine, Edinburgh
Medical Research Council, Didcot
Victrex plc, Thornton-Cleveleys
University of Glasgow, Glasgow
NHS Jobs, Guys Hospital, London, London