Her degree is in biomedical science and ultimately, she wants to become a Biomedical Scientist, but she has to complete an Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence in order to apply for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a Biomedical Scientist. Her degree counts as her academic training but she also has to complete the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio in a laboratory which holds IBMS pre-registration training approval before she can become registered.
|Eleanor (on the left) in the lab during her first year at uni.|
The job she applied for is a Medical Laboratory Assistant in a haematology lab in Leeds and she will be able to complete her portfolio whilst working.
It's all happened so quickly. She hadn't seen a job advertised, she just sent some letters off on spec. Some hospitals answered saying that there were no positions vacant, some gave her some advice about where to look and this one called her on the Wednesday, telling her that they had this position vacant and asking her if she'd like to attend an interview the following day. Eleanor had to tell them that she would be unable to attend as it was her graduation so they invited her in on Friday instead. From receiving the phone call asking her to attend an interview to getting the job offer was just five days.
She hasn't got a start date as yet, she has to be DBS checked first, which shows details of any convictions or cautions held on police records. I believe that can take a few weeks.
We're all thrilled that she's managed to secure a job so quickly, it's so hard for young people today to find suitable work, especially something they really want to do and in an area which is convenient. Daniel didn't start work for about four or five months after he finished university, and even then he had to move south to obtain a suitable position.
Perhaps the Bank of Mum and Dad can finally close down, though I suppose that's just wishful thinking!