My name is Jonathan Grant. I'm a Clinical Scientist at the West of Scotland Genetics Department, based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital here in Glasgow.
I would say my job is to predominantly analyse generated data from the laboratory to issue and authorise reports to healthcare professionals, such as Genetic Counsellors, Clinicians, Cardiologists, [to enable them] to provide patients with diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic information and options.
In this job, I started by completing an undergraduate degree in Genetics at the University of Glasgow.
I should first of all say, I do have a passion for genetics first and foremost. Some would say it came from birth. I am an identical twin, so I've always been interested in genetics per se.
I was always interested in biology, so I completed a degree at the University of Glasgow in Genetics and subsequent to that, I completed a Masters in Medical Genetics, again, still interested in genetics and how this could impact on diagnosis for patients. To that endpoint, I completed a PhD, which led to a training programme in Liverpool Genetics Laboratory.
It was a 3-year training programme and I became a registered Clinical Scientist, which is where I am now, here in sunny Glasgow.
I did something very different. So, after... I became a trainee car rental manager. So, after I finished my university degree that I'd been studying for several years, I wanted to do something different and get out into the real world, get a proper 9 to 5 or 8 to 6 job. I did that for a year and a half, but it only really cemented the fact I really did want to come back to science and in particular, Genetics.
So, I would say it's no bad thing to go away, do something completely different and make sure you realise what you truly want to do.