MY Tours – 12 February 2016

As part of MY Career Week, two groups of students took part in MY Tours.

One group got a tour of BBC Scotland – getting to see behind the scenes, take over the news desk and get tips on building a career with the BBC

The other group visited the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and got to hear from the Teaching & Learning Centre Manager, and saw the Stratified Medicine Scotland(SMS) lab.


MY Tour – BBC Scotland

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BBC Scotland

The group got to see Janice Forsyths radio studio which is the proud home to the only piece of analogue technology in the whole building – her record player.

They also found out some trade secrets:

  • The view of Glasgow behind the news presenter is not a window, it comes from a camera positioned on the roof of the building.
  • The weather presenters don’t use autocue – they have to remember it all.
  • BBC Scotland works on a hot-desking basis.


As part of the tour, senior managers from the BBC shared some tips for building a career in the media:

  • BBC work experience is open all year round in 4 week blocks.
  • Be specific about about what you want to do or the role you think you would be best suited to.
  • Your passion for the role is what will make your application stand out.
  • Clean up your online profile and start to build a professional social media footprint – a YouTube Channel, a  blog, vines, student media etc
  • Show evidence you just need a helping hand to make the next step
  • Be realistic – don’t ask to be the Breakfast presenter
  • You need to eligible to work in the UK
  • Keep an eye on the industry, follow the political debate, pay attention to the charter renewal process
  • Have a really good, 2 page CV including details of your digital footprint.
  • No typos, read and respond to the questions in the application form, include a career aim statement (3/4 lines to sell yourself)
  • All information on applications is on their website.


MY Tour – Queen Elizabeth University Hospital


The group got the chance to visit the Stratified Medicine Scotland(SMS) lab.

They got to see:

  • Genome mapping: seeing who will respond best to which drugs. The bioinformatics company Aridhia will make sense of the data created by genomic sequencing.
  • A 12 bed training ward which exactly simulates a patient ward. The sim patients can blink, talk, bleed and breathe! The medical students can be recorded and get immediate tutor feedback.

John Harris, Teaching & Learning Centre Manager

The genome sequencing technology allows SMS to sequence a human genome in an afternoon, something which previously took The Human Genome Project 13 years to do!

The next addition to the site is the Precision Medicine Catapult happening this summer and which will draw in a broad industry engagement.

This is all part of a wider and very exciting development for life sciences in Scotland. The Teaching & Learning Centre space includes flexible lab and office locations for multiple small to medium size companies to come on board. The synergy among these companies should translate into new job opportunities and types of collaborative working.

Bio-medical scientist jobs are available to new life sciences graduates in the many diagnostic labs across NHSGGC. You can also ask for a few months lab work experience via their HR.





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