Research Technician Interview

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Today was some what a stressful day. Over the past week, I’ve been having headaches and pushing back preparation for this dreaded interview. Luckily, I spent about 3-2 days of interview preparation for a Research Technician post at Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital.

When I first received an email from Imperial College London, I was surprised, shocked, and basically in dis-belief. My parents weren’t too happy with me – seeing how surprised I was to get the interview, because of my low confidence/self-esteem. They were ecstatic for me to get this post, hence the added pressure to do well on the looming interview. Although, I had secured a post as a Healthcare assistant at a nearby Hospital, of which I pleased about, I would love to dabble in laboratory work. I’ve always been interested in research because how innovative, creative and inspiring the field is. Working in such an environment, where individuals strive for excellence is nothing more than inspiring.

You would think I would have expressed all of this in my interview, but I didn’t. I think the pressure, stress, and slight anxiety got to me. I answered questions to my best of ability at that time, but realised I missed key things that would have definitely boosted my chances. My interview was lovely, but brief (10-15 minutes). I wish I had elaborated more on my experiences, especially in research. I wouldn’t take this experience as a negative experience, but a learning curve. That’s the upside of having as much interviews as possible – you take away things to improve on, and you can only go up from there.

I am yet to hear back from Imperial on how I’ve done. I’m not feeling so confident, as there were many other candidates vying for the position. All well deserving of it I’m sure. But so am I. I have the experience, and I am someone who takes great pride in their work. I definitely strive for excellence, and I’m always looking to improve on myself by learning from those around me. All in all, I am happy, whatever the outcome. I know that by the grace and favour of God all things are POSSIBLE.

Interview Preparation Tips:

  1. Preparation is KEY. Read up on the company/organisation
    1. “Why are you applying for this role at this company/organisation, and why do you think you are suited for this role”
  2. Read the job/person specification given; read about key words on the specification to familiarise yourself to unknown terms
  3. Practice the general questions
  4. Identify the skills and experiences required for the job
  5. Get plenty of sleep
  6. Stay confident!

If you’ve got interviews coming up, I wish you all the best of luck!

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

 

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Black Friday Sales

I don’t usually participate in Black Friday Sales. I’ve never really been bothered, or I’ve just been broke at that particular time. This is probably the first time I’ve bought something for myself on a Black Friday sale.

Here’s what I got:

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick – Sarafine
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I bought both from Beauty Bay for £30.40. But I think It would be cheaper directly from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which would total $22.80 = £17.78 (Black Friday Sale). So really, I just got bumped.

Happy Shopping!

 

Keep Moving Forward

Hello,

Let’s just pretend that I haven’t been gone for awhile. Well, If I’m honest, I haven’t really had much to say. I’m in a so called ‘transition’ phase. I recently graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Hons). My dream is to pursue Medicine. However, the path I’ve taken has consisted mainly of twists and turns. And that’s okay. Not everyone’s path/journey is the same. In fact, these so-called ‘set-backs and disappointments’ has only allowed me to grow into the strong woman I am today. I’ve learnt to keep moving forward and focus on the end goal.

Graduation was great. Took many pictures with my family and friends. It was great to see some old friends, from sixth form who took out their time to come and support me on my special day. After graduation, my family and I, had a month vacation in Ghana. It was a well needed rest from all the exam stress. At that time, It really sunk in, I’ve graduated. I’m a graduate. To graduate with a bachelor’s degree, is an accomplishment. And I’m proud to say, I finished.

So what’s next?

As I mentioned, I’m in the transit phase. I’m currently unemployed. On return to the UK, all I did was apply for jobs. 3 months later, nothing. It was a slump, and I was depressed. I had a good degree but still found it difficult to obtain a job? That’s where prayer comes in. You see through this time, I’ve learnt a lot about prayer and fasting. Tools that I believe change things for the better. Fortunately, I got an interview for a Healthcare position on the emergency short stay ward at a nearby hospital. I passed the interview stage, and completed all the necessary recruitment process. I’m glad to say, I’ve been hired and will soon be employed. My start day is in the new year, and I’m sort of dreading it – as it is of course my first ever ‘proper’ job aside from the voluntary and work experience. I know how demanding a healthcare position can be, let alone in the emergency ward. I’m hoping this experience will help cultivate the necessary skills I need to become a doctor one day. Working under pressure is something I will definitely learn in this position. I can’t wait to start! But I am happy that I have a month or so to ease into the idea of working!

A lot of things have been happening behind scenes. Although I didn’t have much to say throughout the summer, I’m hoping in the near future they’ll be a lot more to share!

Thank you for being patient with me,

PRE-MD TO MD LOGOJeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“.

Late Night Revision

Exam season is well underway, I’ve got 5 exams left and I can’t wait for it to be over!! Seriously, I’m counting down the days. It’s strange knowing I still don’t have an upper-hand in knowing what my preferred revision technique is and its frustrating. I’ve written all my lectures notes for the majority of my modules – with 1 or 2 lectures to complete for a few modules. I then print out my notes, highlight the key information and re-write little summary notes on post-it notes on  pages I feel important. After reading the majority of my notes, it’s then implementing the right technique to consolidate the information I find difficult.

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So, over the past years, I would make condensed sheet notes for each lecture. I try my best to limit it to only 2 pages (back and front). This year, It’s taking longer than usual to make condensed notes, just because we have more detailed lecture slides and we’re require to go beyond the syllabus and actually read review papers and primary articles as a source of extra reading. Trying to find the best and efficient way to revise – under LIMITED time has been proven somewhat difficult. I’ve been watching a few study videos here and there, and I’ve gaged ACTIVE RECALL seems to be one of the most effective ‘study smart’ techniques to use in revision. To implement this, I’ve decided to go through each lecture again – but re-writing sections I feel are important  on either a lined or plan sheet of paper without looking at the lecture to see what I can remember. Obviously, my revision tactic is bound to change for  different subject modules. For example, for Advanced Immunology, I think it would be helpful to make A4 posters on each lecture – to have everything at hand to read at once quickly; just because advanced immunology is so detailed and has so many key word and phrases that are a must to know. For clinical pharmacology, I’m hoping to use flashcards or an online version of flashcards,  Anki/Quizlet to remember drugs and their actions etc.

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Late nights are must around exam season, but I always make sure to go to bed no later than 2AM, to have a more routine wake-up schedule because I don’t want to mess up my sleeping pattern during exams. I usually take power naps during the days, It could be 20 minutes to an 1 hour. My friends/study buddies don’t approve of this. But sometimes when I feel saturated, and have a nap, waking up feel refreshed helps me a lot more in remembering my lectures. But obviously, the nap time naturally declines towards exam day.

This period is obviously a very stressful and challenging time, not only for me but also my friends. By having comfort in the one source of peace, joy, and sound mind, I am assured that by His grace and through Faith that the promises of God upon my life shall come to pass.  And it’s as simple as that – by centring Jesus in every aspect of my life, including my education, a burden is lifted off me.

Love, D

Philippians 4:6-7 ‘Be anxious of nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus’

What’s Next?

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A lot of students would have secured a job or have something set up in the pipeline following graduation. But this isn’t the case for me. As I was rejected from all my medical school choices, I have no choice but to take a gap year, be productive and re-apply for medical school. There are  many opportunities that I could look into; doing a masters degree for 1/2 years, travelling, acquiring more medical-related work experience, or even getting a job in a hospital environment.

At this moment in time, I’m not exactly sure of what I would like to do after I graduate. However, I have started applying for medical related jobs such as a medical laboratory assistant, research scientist, biomedical scientist, but to no avail. This because  I have only applied to about 5 jobs as I will be taking a month off sometime in August, and would be best to apply after then.

I am interested in getting a job as it would help me acquire the funds I need to pay for medical tuition fees and living costs as well provide a more current medical-related work experience . But I’m also interested in doing a research internship or a research-based masters, maybe abroad,  because of type of physician I hope to be. Getting a research publication under my belt as early possible would be a great advantage to the trajectory I’m looking to take. It’s a lot to think about, but first I should concentrate on my exams, which are clearly of high paramount before deciding on what to do next.

I’ve got 6 exams this term, I have completed my dissertation! Woohoo! And it’s been a whirlwind with education. 3 years has passed by so quickly, I’ve made incredible friends and have learnt a lot about myself in terms of spiritual growth, what motivates in life, my study techniques (which should help in medical school), and who I am striving to be as a child of God. I think going to university has been amazing and a choice I would never regret, as I do love being in education and that’s why I think Medicine is so appealing to me as it requires lifelong learning. I am excited for what the future holds, knowing that God has already gone before me and that his purpose, will and plan for my life will take root. By having this confidence that God’s timing is the best and that everything I need I have already received through faith. I believe that God has greater things installed for each and everyone of us and it requires faith and belief in Him to receive. This doesn’t only apply to the natural aspect, but also with our spiritual relationship with him.

I am the type to have things in place. I hate uncertainty, and It turns out I worry as much as the next person. I believe I am growing not only in my faith but developing as a whole. What’s next for my life, is to be lead by His Spirit.

I cant’ wait for exams to be over and start working!

Love D,

Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths’

The Journey Begins

I’m starting again. This time with consistency. I hope

It’s been a while, here’s to a new beginning. AGAIN

I’ll introduce myself again.

Hello, my name is Davida

I am 21 years of age, and I am currently studying biomedical science at Queen Mary University of London.

I am a child of God (Christian).

I am in my third year, and a soon to be graduate. I hope to study medicine in the future especially integrated with scientific research – a clinical physician.

I haven’t blogged in a while because of coursework, work, revision and mainly being lazy. I would like to pick up writing again because I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my medical journey and overall de-stressing from the affairs life.

So where to begin, exam season has officially started. I have about 6 exams to revise for and by God’s grace I’ve already handed in my dissertation (10,000 lab report). My dissertation was definitely the most challenging work I have done in academia, although I loved the research aspect of it. There are things I would love to go back and change in terms of my dissertation work, such as being even more pro-active and basically starting as early as possible. Aside from that, I have achieved a lot over the 3-years at university, one being the founder and president of a new medical society on campus called ‘MEDi’.

I started this society because of the lack of graduate medicine and dentistry information presented by the university and student union societies. I thought why not start a society that solely focused on helping other students with a range of diverse degree backgrounds in getting insightful and helpful information that would build their graduate medicine applications and also form them gain a holistic view on what medicine truly entails. It’s definitely been a bumpy ride as  president, but I’ve learnt a lot in terms of working with others to achieve a common goal.

Unfortunately, I did not get into medical school this year. But this does not deter me from my vision and goal. Yes, I was disappointed with the outcome – but all in all it’s an opportunity for me to grow and acquire even more opportunities to build my application.

So here’s to my medical journey.

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Hebrews 11:6 ‘ But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’

 

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