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"Registered status indicates to current and future employers that you are proactive and committed to improve your skills and knowledge and I believe this will broaden the possibilities to develop my scientific carrier."

Anna Tochwin RSci

Background

I have more than ten years of laboratory-based work experience, solid qualifications and a comprehensive skill-set gained in both commercial and academic working environments.

My qualifications include M.Sc. (2004, Environmental chemistry, University of Wroclaw, PL) and recently obtained Ph.D. (2016, Polymer chemistry, Bangor University, UK). Over this time I have worked in a variety of labs and integrated my practical knowledge and experience with formal training to a wide range of scientific applications.

Why I applied to be a RSci

While working within the University environment I feel that some parts of the Academic community undervalue the work of technical staff. I wanted to demonstrate that as a Research technician, I possess a high level of practical competences and I deliver high quality work to the exacting standards associated with the Science Council.

While submitting my application I believed that I had the experience, knowledge and ability essential to satisfy the requirements. Furthermore, I wanted to be part of the scheme where technical staff are valued and respected for their skills, which are also recognised at a professional level.

I have very proactive and flexible approach to my Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and where possible I try to attend appropriate training courses and seminars, read literature related to my work and learn from more experienced colleagues. Since I have been employed by the University I record my CPD on Trent and monitor my work progress by fulfilling the objectives listed in my Personal Development Review (PDR). Together, these help me with my year-to-year progress and provide feedback which allows me to focus on areas for improvement and future development.

Benefits of Professional Registration

I hope that the registration will provide me with access to new development opportunities within the University, improving my job security and career prospects. In my opinion, supporting professionally registered technical staff reflects well on the College. It demonstrates that we have qualified and experienced people supporting students, researchers and also industry related contracts. I am certain that it will help to raise the profile of technicians within the Institution.

Conclusions and recommendations

In science, the competition for jobs is high and I feel that professional registration will add a special spark to my CV. It boosts self-confidence, highlights work experience, independent working and a can-do attitude, and it promotes a high standard of service which is valued by employers and customers alike. Registered status indicates to current and future employers that you are proactive and committed to improve your skills and knowledge and I believe this will broaden the possibilities to develop my scientific carrier.