28 Jul Take your time – Amadu Mansaray
Course studied: Biomedical Sciences
Year of graduation: 2015
When I left Brunel…
I had planned to study medicine during university so after graduating my plan was to find some work experience in a healthcare related role and apply to study medicine for the following September (2016). Unfortunately I did not make it into medicine for 2016, so I continued to work as a Phlebotomist and have now been accepted to study medicine as of September 2017 at King’s College.
At the moment…
I am currently working as a Phlebotomist. I took a phlebotomy course a month after graduating and begin my first full-time post in November 2015, starting off in a small private hospital. After working for just over a year I decided to move and now I am working for the UK’s largest diagnostics company called The Doctors Laboratory. My job title is Phlebotomist and taking blood samples for lab testing is the predominant part of the job role. However, I am also involved in collecting various other samples such as swabs, hair, urine, semen and skin scrapings for laboratory testing.
My career goals have not changed. I intend to complete my medical degree and qualify as a doctor.
How I have developed professionally since graduating…
Since graduating I have sensed an immense growth in personal development and professional conduct. My confidence has improved tremendously. I am more inclined to make important decisions and take the initiative in certain clinical situations – something I would not have done before graduating. I have also gained more knowledge about working in healthcare which has matured my outlook on life and the professional world. My verbal and written communication has also improved and I feel more able to express my ideas.
My advice to recent graduates/students graduating soon…
As daunting as it sounds, try and start thinking about what you want to do after graduating as soon as possible. It will make things a lot easier when it comes to tailoring your CV and looking for jobs/going into further study. If you want to start working then be prepared to be disappointed. It’s not to say that it is impossible to get you perfect job, but it is extremely difficult, especially if you have no work experience. If you have some work experience (i.e. through placements) then you are at a high advantage because that is what employers look for. It still isn’t guaranteed though, so make sure you spend a lot of time on job applications so you come across as an employable candidate.
However, not all hope is lost if you have no work experience. You need to get your foot in the door. Once it’s in, the world is yours to take. In order for that to happen though, you need to make yourself stand out from the rest of the graduates looking for jobs. This is can be done by taking short courses that will give you new skills that will add to the ones you have covered during university. Maybe try volunteering to build up experiences. If you plan to go into further study, I can’t stress enough how important it is to meet/surpass the required grades. Make sure you do plenty of research into the application/selection process in order to have an advantage over the rest of the applicants.
Most of all… take your time. Try not to rush out into the world without giving a lot of thought to where you want to be in the next few years. Being young individuals, you’re in a vital parts of your life so you don’t want to waste your 20’s in an environment that drains your energy and doesn’t help you meet your long term career goals.
Work hard, work smart, believe and I can assure you, you’ll be successful.
Do what you love and love what you do.