"I would recommend professional registration for anyone who is committed to a career as a technician."

Florian Bayer RSci

Background

My first career was working as the equivalent of a paramedic and trainer for emergency professionals in Germany. I started my second career as a lab technician after moving to the UK for family reasons. After an internship at the University of Edinburgh, I worked as a lab technician in a variety of molecular evolution and ecology labs at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and ETH Zurich in Switzerland. When we moved to Cornwall, I started my own company, working as a consultant technician on several genotyping and qPCR projects, before joining the lab I currently work in.

Why I applied to be a Registered Scientist

I heard about professional registration at Exeter’s technical service conference in 2015, where I had the chance to talk to some people from the IST. I thought that a professional registration would be useful for my career especially given my unusual professional background. Through the registration, I documented what I have achieved, and how I gained experience, knowledge and skills.

Benefits of Professional Registration

In my opinion, the professional registration benefits both the individual and the university. For yourself, you can really see your own achievements by documenting how you have engaged with personal and professional development and how you have kept up to date with the knowledge and skills of your role. Through the assessment, you can recognize your strengths as well as any areas where you want to improve your skills or knowledge. The University can be sure to have highly skilled members of staff, which are motivated to take ownership of their continuing professional and personal development.

Conclusions and recommendations

I would recommend professional registration for anyone who is committed to a career as a technician. Through the registration process, I really saw how my skills are valued and it gives a great structure for future development.