‘Since leaving Northallerton College (as it was called!) in 2007, my career has evolved gradually. Upon finishing my GCSEs I decided to pursue my interest in sport. This led me to Darlington College, where I completed a BTEC National Certificate in Sport, Development, Coaching and Fitness. I particularly enjoyed learning about human physiology and the mechanisms that work to keep us alive and functioning. This in turn steered me to the University of Sunderland where I undertook a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences. I enjoyed my time studying in Sunderland greatly. During the summer holidays, I travelled to the USA to work at an outdoor education centre and children’s summer camp. Working in the US was a fantastic experience! I made some great friends, had a brilliant time travelling, and enjoyed working with the children. This encouraged me to seek work experience in schools. I volunteered in a primary and secondary school before securing a job as a teaching assistant. I subsequently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and qualified as a primary school teacher. Whilst I enjoyed teaching and gained many valuable experiences, I was keen to pursue my scientific interests. This took me to King’s College London where I studied Human and Applied Physiology and earned a Master of Science (MSc) degree.
Which brings us to today… I currently work at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. I am part of a research team using cutting-edge techniques to investigate mechanisms of kidney disease. I hope to earn a doctoral degree (PhD) in the next couple of years and continue onto a career in biomedical research. Whilst pursuing the career path which I have outlined above, I have worked in a supermarket, restaurant, warehouse, factory and shop. Each of these jobs provided valuable experiences of their own and allowed me to save money to pursue my hobbies and interests.’