Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Do You Have Any Questions For Me? 5 Lab Related Questions You Can Ask in an Interview

So you’ve just finished your interview for the perfect lab position and now you’re at the end where you get asked by the interviewer the dreaded “Do you have any questions for me?”

As an interviewee, you should always answer YES.

Nothing is worse than saying “not at this time” or “no” – no matter how amazing and thorough the interviewer is.  There is always something more you can expand on and show how interested you are in the position and workplace. But what can you ask that sounds like a well-thought out question? I've thought up some of my favourites below:

1. What types of professional development opportunities do you have?
As a MLT, you know we are required by license to obtain a certain number of learning hours per year to maintain your license. It’s a great way to find out what types of seminars and overall learning culture the workplace provides. Do they have their own learning system? Weekly Lunch and Learns? Are you going to have to be proactive and attend courses yourself or will your future workplace fulfill that requirement for you?

2. Do you offer any educational funding to employees?
This is another great way to find out how invested the workplace is in education opportunities.  Some workplaces have a yearly grant for an employee to attend a conference like LabCon or CSM which is a nice bonus for a free (or discounted) vacation coupled with a pile of learning hours. Others have a yearly allowance for each employee to attend classes or workshops to help you grow in your career. 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

One Year Out: Where I Am After Grad

How fast the time goes! It seems like just yesterday I was frantically studying and worrying about jobs, exams and life after school. I wanted to recap how the year has gone and where I am in my career after degree completion.

I officially graduated from the Medical Laboratory Science program at Michener on January 31st, 2014 and I wrote the CSMLS exam on February 20th, 2014. Between January 31st and February 20th, actually squeezed in two job interviews at private labs - one for a permanent part-time position as a Microbiology MLT and one at my clinical placement for permanent full-time in Histology. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Questions, Questions, Questions - Should You Become a MLT?

So I took some time last night to answer some common questions about the Medical Laboratory Science profession and how to decide if it's the right program for you!

I also talk about my experience in the program, in clinical and how I got interested in being an MLT myself. The video is a bit on the long side (13 minutes) but I wanted to make sure I covered these topics thoroughly.

Hopefully you enjoy and find it informative. If you have any other questions, let me know. I might do a round two video as well!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Answering your Questions!

Hello Readers!

I've been getting a lot questions via my Ask.fm as well as through e-mail and I thought it was time I put together a video answering some of the more common questions I get. This way I'm able to get information out to those people who might be too shy to contact me in the first place. 

Common topics seem to be:
  • How I chose Medical Laboratory Science
  • My Background and My Journey to Michener
  • Reviews of the Program
  • My Clinical Placement Experience
  • Job Outlook and My Job Hunting Experience
I'm planning on putting this together in the next day or two so hopefully I can have one or two videos that can be used as a reference for people considering Med Lab or are current students themselves.

If you have any other questions or topics you'd like covered, please leave a comment here, tweet me @medlabmaven or email me!


Monday, 14 July 2014

Finally Graduating and Being Valedictorian

Though I finished my program in February, my official convocation wasn’t until a few weeks ago on June 21st in Toronto at the Centre for the Arts. I made the trip from Ottawa to celebrate my journey at The Michener Institute with family, friends and classmates.
Waiting to enter the hall with my friends Sarah and Steph!
I was honoured to be nominated and was selected to be the Valedictorian for the Class of 2014, something I had always had as a goal in the back of my mind. Speaking for the class of over 500 graduates was nerve-wracking but I believe my speech represented the class as a whole and I was also able to put Medical Laboratory Science in the spotlight. 

Receiving my Diploma (copyright The Michener Institute)

Why I did I want to be Valedictorian? At least the last 4 valedictorians had been males and my professors could not remember the last time someone from Laboratory Science was Valedictorian. I was thrilled to be able to represent laboratory professionals and women in science at convocation.

Also, I feel like I had something important to share on behalf of our class. Not only have I worked hard to be involved in the school and represent the Laboratory profession well, I also hoped to inspire our class to take what we learned and go out to make changes in the world. I feel my time at Michener shows that you should take pride in your profession and anyone can make a difference. While I was limited by time in my speech I did speak more about this in my Q&A interview on the Michener website here. 

Now you're probably curious about my speech! I was happy with how it went. Thankfully they had a giant spotlight on me so I was essentially blinded up at the podium (didn't have to worry about looking at anyone!) Many of my professors came to support me and had wonderful things to say after the ceremony which I greatly appreciated. 

Please feel free to share with anyone, especially new grads in Healthcare. I hope they find it as inspiring as my professors did!

Thank you all for your support!