Helen knew she wanted to do something “science-y”, but teaching was never part of the equation.

“I never considered teaching because I was terrified of public speaking at school, but now I’ve found out that I really love it.” As a Teaching Technician at the University of Sheffield, Helen gets to combine two of her greatest passions: performing real-life experiments and teaching.

“I manage and maintain a laboratory in the university’s new engineering facility. I support, develop and deliver bioengineering teaching to students across the facility and promote bioengineering at various events.”

One day she’s talking to school children, the next senior professors at the university. “I get to meet a massive community of different people, all the way up to experts in the field of research and industry.”

She never knows what to expect. “One day I’m genetically engineering bacteria, the next I’m making a screwdriver or being taught basic programming for robots. It’s a blast!”


Helen - Career Pathway

  • 1998 - 2003
    Studied GCSE's, including Triple Award Science, Dual Award English, Maths, Electronics and Statistics plus a GNVQ in ICT
  • 2003 - 2005
    Studied A-levels, including Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • 2005 - 2008
    BSc in Biomedical Science at University of Sheffield
  • 2008 - 2011
    Postgraduate research in Oral Neuroscience at University of Sheffield
  • 2011 - 2013
    Took a detour into leisure (a riding school) and retail (Pets at Home)
  • 2013 - 2015
    School Science Technician
  • 2015 - Present
    Teaching Technician in Bioengineering/Trainee Multiskilled Engineering Technician

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Employment Statuses

Full Time Employed: 66,886
Part Time Employed: 18,006
Self Employed: 2,515
Total Employed: 87,407

Gender Split

Male: 58,319
Female: 29,088

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Laboratory technicians

Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.


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