Ten things about me:
My tolerance for tomatoes grows every year but I still hate whole tomatoes.
Everyone on my mum’s side of the family is a ‘water baby’ - we have lots of ties to the west country and swim/swam in the sea a lot. My grandad once swam with a basking shark.
Having braces made me more nervous of dentists.
Having blood drawn has made me more nervous of doctors.
I’m planning on getting a piercing (or piercings) after the end of the summer. It’ll be my first one – I never got my lobes pierced as a kid.
I used to be a massive nerd for constructed languages and scripts.
I own a necklace made of metal feathers that makes me feel like a stormwing from Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series. They were awesome. Talk to me about Tamora Pierce, people.
I think my daemon might be a little fluffy monkey. A cute one tho, not a terror one.
I had to spend 3 months on crutches at age 11 and we still don’t know exactly what was wrong.
Someday I’d like to have an entire blank wall to decorate, and to be able to do something awesome to it. I like really big art.
Bonus #11 lurknomoar I also fear failing at memes. I’m just like OH GOD I DON’T KNOW HOW TO WORDS ON THE INTERNET
yeah so i just realised the reason my crochet was hard to interpret is that half the stitches are upside down relative to the other half. that is why they looked creepy and weird!
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.
theasday asked: i was wondering how you got your virology lab job, if you don't mind talking about it? i've just graduated with a biology degree and am looking for jobs atm :)
Ah, to be honest I probably got it differently to you as you’d be looking for a diff role there than what I have but I’ll answer.
I was looking on the NHS jobs website (I live in England) as I was jobless and saw an opening for a HSSW (Healthcare Scientist Support Worker) at a lab for what was then the Health Protection Agency and is now Public Health England. I applied via that website, hoped for the best but expected nothing as I’d been unemployed for two years but got asked in for an interview.
Went to the interview and then got the job.
That was two and a half years ago, and at the time was for a temporary contract though I’m now permanent and in a grade higher though the same work title. Wont bore you with the details of what I do day in and out but there’s lots of swabs, sputum and TB patient samples that need higher levels of containment. As an aside, strange thing, virology lab doesn’t just do viruses, who’d have thought? So much chlamydia.
But to be a BMS, or Biomedical Scientist aka the ones who run the tests, put up results, code things and do most of the higher level work unless you need a virology consultant you need a specific degree. Specifically, a degree in biomedical science, and they have to be accredited as such by the relevant board, I’m not sure. I think it’s mostly the same.
There is a guy my grade who has a degree in neurological science but it isn’t the right type of biology degree to become a BMS because he studied the wrong stuff for that job. There’s a woman with a degree in ocean biology who obviously doesn’t have the right set of biology skills.
So for where I work you need the right degree and to be accredited before you even apply.
I don’t know if it is the same in private labs and I don’t know what it’s like in Wales or Scotland if you live there. It may be the same, may not.
We also have virology consultants who are actually doctors with a specialisation in virology and that is another possible route but I don’t know much of anything about that I’m afraid.
I do know that there is a woman who works my grade who had the biomedical science degree but never got the portfolio together and so no accreditation and I think she’s been working on that. And another guy who had been my grade who was at university studying biomedical science who recently graduated and applied for a recent opening at that grade and got it. So it’s possible to get a lower band grade and hang around, get experience in the lab in general and apply for a higher grade if you have the qualifications later when a position opens.
I hope that helps?
Thank you so much, that’s definitely helpful!
I don’t know much about all this stuff even though I’m applying for lab jobs atm. I’m not biomedical scientist but I’d be quite happy being that neurological scientist or ocean biologist - I don’t mind much if I’m the person making the decisions or not xD