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Laboratory Assistant in the UK

Are you thinking of becoming a laboratory technician/assistant when you are finished at school? The interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a laboratory assistant in the UK.

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Laboratoriearbeid. Foto.

Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: hospital, sample, patient, extract, cell, slide, microscope, confusing, diagnosis, blood, tissue, mistake, science, probe, tumour, pre-natal, amniotic fluids

Listen to the following interview with a laboratory assistant in the UK and find out:

  • Where she works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK she works.
  • Why she chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a laboratory assistant.
  • Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
  • What she likes best and least about her job.
  • How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.

Laboratory Assistant - Interview

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Laboratory Assistant - Interview

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Kjemisk helsefare: Varselsskilt på laboratoriedør. Foto.
    Find out about becoming a laboratory assistant in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links. (Search for laboratory technician or laboratory assistant)
  2. Now compare a laboratory assistant's job and education in the UK with a laboratory assistant's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse

Dialogue

Now make a dialogue with a colleague in the laboratory where you include the following words/phrases:

microscope, slide, samples, polluted water, mistake, specimen, sterile, equipment, extract

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