14 June 2020 (Sunday) - Social Media



There was quite a squabble kicking off on one of the work-related Facebook pages I follow, In order to be a professional biomedical scientist you need to have a degree in biomedical science before you start. But not just any old degree; you need one which is specifically accredited by the IBMS.

Time and time again people start doing any old degree, complete the course and then find that their qualification isn’t actually what they thought it was, they find it isn’t actually worth having, and they have to spend a couple more years doing top-up modules to be able to use what they’ve studied.
I made the (perhaps somewhat flippant) observation that choosing the right degree in the first place might be considered to be (in itself) some sort of a test, and that hadn’t gone down well with several people who’d made that mistake. Some people who were actively looking for work were then rather insulting and rude to someone  who (for all they knew) might well be sitting on their interview panel

Over the years I’ve met so many people who’ve got to the stage of having a biomedical science degree (that has taken four years to obtain) that isn’t fit for purpose, Or they’ve got the “right” degree only to find they have no idea what a biomedical scientist actually does. Or they actually want to do forensic pathology or research and didn’t realise that neither is what happens in the hospital setting.
Do people *really* just go to a university and study whatever takes their fancy (whilst running up thousands of pounds of debt) with no long term plan?

And the picture above is the social media profile picture that was being used by one of the young ladies who was trying to impress her future colleagues… I censored her face to try to maintain some degree of anonymity… not that anyone would have been looking at it…

Sometimes I despair for the future of professional blood testing. Back in the day you entered the job aged seventeen having done reasonably well at your “O” levels. The laboratory in which you worked then sent you to college one day a week for the next four years and then you were qualified. If you wanted it, there was the option to do a further two years day-release to get an MSc equivalent degree (which I did). Nowadays you are expected to go get all the qualifications in your own time and at your own expense. You apply for a job *after* you qualify (*not* four years before any more), and by the time people have farted around having gap years and the like, they don’t start looking for work until about ten years later in life than I did.

And a twenty-seven year-old has far more expectations than a seventeen year old.​
Perhaps we might go back to the old way of working. And perhaps we might keep our clothes on…?

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