SYNLAB UK & Ireland:

Dionne Kirk

Published: 7th February 2023

It hadn’t always been Dionne’s ambition to follow a career in biomedical science. Having achieved a degree in Classical Studies, Dionne spent six years at the National Gallery before starting work at Central Specimen Reception at St Thomas’ hospital in London. From here she moved into an Associate Practitioner role at St John’s Institute of Dermatology.

When Dionne joined SYNLAB she really enjoyed her work and wanted to pursue a career in the field, but the lack of a relevant qualification meant that she couldn’t progress any further than a Medical Laboratory Assistant. However, stopping work to study was not financially viable.

For Dionne, the Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Scheme was an ideal option as it allowed her to both work and study for a qualification which would enable her to progress in the career she loved.

Dionne’s Journey

For Dionne, it was her colleagues who left the most lasting impression on her apprenticeship journey and highlighted the intrinsic value that can come from completing a work-based qualification.

All of my colleagues in my laboratory have been incredibly supportive during my degree. I’ve been comfortable asking them questions for clarification and for help when necessary, and I’ve learned a lot from the more experienced staff members. There were a lot of small details I didn’t know that my colleagues were happy to explain, and some advanced things I hadn’t had any hands-on experience with that they took the time to explain to me.

Studying and gaining an education at the same time as working meant that Dionne was able to see the practical uses of what she was learning, reinforcing it in her mind.

Support from SYNLAB

When Dionne raised concerns about managing her workload, SYNLAB worked in unison with her learning advisor to ensure she was getting the relevant support. An aspect of the apprenticeship scheme is that apprentices can dedicate 20 per cent of their working hours to studying, on-the-job learning and other developmental activities.

This support was invaluable during my study time

Top tips from Dionne:
* The juggling of work and study is so worth it – work closely with your team to plan your time.
* Complete your registration portfolio alongside your degree. That way, as soon as you graduate you are registered.
So, what’s next…?

I’d like to be promoted to a biomedical scientist position in my laboratory. Long term, I would like to do my specialist portfolio and become a specialist biomedical scientist.

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