On a cold November 2011 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computing & Networks from Teesside University. This was the beginning of my career as a Computer Scientist.
I was fortunate that my University offered an Industrial Placement Year opportunity and in 2009, I opted to be placed within a Secondary School in the UK. This placement taught me the fundemental aspects of Information Technology and prepared me for a career in IT, with the challenges of Educational and Public Sector IT mixed with a very young user group that provided interesting challanges.
After graduation, I joined a local private telecomms company and a few months later, I was invited back to become a full time employee of the secondary school I opted for in my placement year. I spent around 1.5 years there and was offered a job in the local fire brigade's IT department. My IT career took off from that point forward, learning valuble IT skills in a highly pressured environment, with on-call responsibilites.
However, I am a Computer Scientist at heart. I wanted to apply the theory I learned from my CS degree. I found myself falling into IT jobs because that is what I was used to, fixing IT problems. Back in 2011, it was very much IT jobs v Software Jobs, although Software jobs were quite scarce in the North East of England.
In 2014, I saw an opportunity to enter the NHS (National Health Service) here in the UK. The role was primarily IT support for complex cancer systems in a Medical Physics Department. I had an initial chat with my prospective Line Manager who mentioned that the role would very much be moulded by the post holder. I saw this as an excellent opportunity to start exploring the CS skills I learned at University. Not only did I utilise my IT support skills, I was free to solve challenges and problems creatively, and I started to re-ignite my interest for Software Engineering.alert
In 2018, I embarked on a self-funded part-time MSc (by Research) Computer Science at the University of York, supported by my workplace (in terms of working on the MSc during working time). I had a problem to solve, an idea of what I need to do to solve it, and I wanted to get back into the academic learning environment before pursuing PhD study. On the way I have learned some valuble skills in User Experience (UX) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) for good Software Engineering.
In November 2019, my Computer Science career had taken off. I was no longer involved in IT support. I was appointed as a Pre-Registration Clinical Scientist. Clinical Scientists are regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK and by being registered it affords me clinical responsibilities. My specialism is Medical Physics, specifically: Clinical Engineering, Physiological Measurement & Computing. This allows me to apply my computer skills, whilst learning medical physics and physiology, and applying my computing skills to these domains.
I hope to submit my MSc in April 2020 and continue my HCPC portfolio for registration. After that, I hope to embark on a PhD or perhaps the DClinSci to become a Consultant Clinical Scientist (Higher Specialist Scientific Training Progrrame)