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News: British Sci­ence Week — Jack­’s build­ing a career in science

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Science student holding some agar samples whilst smiling
Science student holding some agar samples whilst smiling

British Science Week 2019 is a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, being held 8-17 March. We spoke to Jack, an Apprentice Science Technician who is building a career in science!

25-year-old Jack Hack works at Not­ting­ham College’s Maid Mar­i­an Way cam­pus. He’s using his appren­tice­ship to kick-start a career in science.

Jack’s job involves cre­at­ing resources for stu­dents to use on sci­ence cours­es (both fur­ther edu­ca­tion and uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el) at Not­ting­ham College.

My role is very var­ied, so I’m always learn­ing some­thing new. Sci­ence is such a big field, with a lot of spe­cialisms. It’s so big you’re bound to find some­thing that will inter­est you! 

 — Jack
Student smiling whilst holding a microscope

A typ­i­cal day for Jack could involve build­ing up the stock of bac­te­ria and fun­gi, mak­ing up growth cul­tures like agar gel and prepar­ing petri dish­es for use in exper­i­ments, inoc­u­lat­ing slope cul­tures that can then have bac­te­ria intro­duced for test­ing, or using the auto­clave heat­ing machine to ster­ilise equip­ment under high pressure. 

Once a week he also has a day study­ing at the Col­lege, to work towards his qualification.

At the moment, my plan is to just build up my expe­ri­ence for a career in sci­ence. My fam­i­ly are all real­ly pleased that I’ve got a career path that I’m work­ing towards. 

 — Jack

The job requires Jack to be care­ful and thor­ough, mak­ing sure he avoids any cross con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, and that every­thing is cor­rect­ly mea­sured and labelled. This is a cru­cial part of his job, so that the stu­dents can draw accu­rate sci­en­tif­ic con­clu­sions from their experiments. 

I felt that with an appren­tice­ship I could build up expe­ri­ence for a career in sci­ence. I’m most inter­est­ed in biol­o­gy, but I’m glad this is an all-round role, as I will learn physics and chem­istry and build up my knowl­edge in them as well. 

 — Jack

Nico­la Clements, Sci­ence Tech­ni­cian at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, added: Jack is very enthu­si­as­tic and eager to learn. He has gained con­fi­dence and is now show­ing a lot of inde­pen­dence in the workplace. 

He is very friend­ly and approach­able and a plea­sure to work with, fit­ting into the team with ease.” 

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  • 8th March 2019 (11:00 AM)
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