Charlene Freeman [BSc(Hons) Medical Biochemistry, 2006] is an embryologist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. In this talk, given as part of the 2011 season of Careers After Biological Science talks, Charlene explains some of the things that her work involves.
Charlene offered hope for students who get lower second class degrees – the bottom has not dropped out of your world! She demonstrates the value of enthusiasm and doing your research before an interview. The benefits of carrying out summer work, even if badly paid (or completely unpaid) cannot be overstate – in her case the reference she got from a summer placement was a pivotal role in securing her job.
In keeping with several speakers the same day, Charlene did emphasise that the route into Embryology is currently under review as a result of changes within the NHS, with the instigation of the Modernising Scientific Careers programme.
A video of Charlene’s talk (30mins) is also available below, or via this link.