The chemistry behind our biological processes is something
that has fascinated me for many years, which is why I decided to study Health
and Social Care. I enjoy the challenges that course presents and the
practicality of the subject. Unit 22- Research methodology has improved my
research analysis skills and has given me a greater understanding. I anticipate
that the knowledge I have learnt through studying this course will provide me
with skills that I can apply to my biochemistry course. The wonders of
biochemistry have given me a specific interest into reading books like ‘Oxygen’
by Nick Lane. This has provided a more detailed insight into biochemistry. Ultimately,
my desire to face the exciting challenge of studying biochemistry is based on a
combination of the heartfelt need to improve the lives of others and a lifelong
passion for the tremendous complexity and ingenuity of the world we live in. While
studying Health and Social care in the City of Liverpool college I joined a
first aid course. I believe first aid is vital for my future career and gave me
an insight of what working in the health sector will be reveal. Working in fast
food gave me an insight of skills I have required over the years that will help
peruse my future of career working in a hospital setting with the knowledge of
a biochemist. I have gained skills that consist of: maintaining ambitious
standards of customer service during fast-paced operations, communicating
clearly and positively with colleagues and customers, building loyal business
through friendly interactions and consistent appreciation, took initiative to
find extra tasks when scheduled duties were completed. Currently I volunteer at
the University of Aintree hospital, 12 hours a week for the past two years. Volunteering
provides me an excellent opportunity to make new friends and work as part of a
team. Having the opportunity to work with doctors and being in the same vicinity
even thought I am not doing the actual work of their profession is somewhat of
the experience of a lifetime. The chance to really be with doctors and learning
is exciting. It’s the insignificant things. It might seem like a trivial thing
but putting a simple smile on a patient face makes the patient. The patient
might be going through a challenging time whether it be the reason they are
currently in the hospital or for other unknown reasons but the chance to make
them smile might be the exact thing to make their day or even week better. It’s
just the unimportant things in life that makes things better while volunteering.
I have always wanted to work in a hospital setting; my parents have always been
terribly sick most of my life, and most of my time was spent looking after them
and babysitting my younger siblings. I would always miss a lot of social events
and not have my friends when I was younger however I learned from this and surprised
myself how fulfilling I found it looking after people. While spending time in
health care settings I would always be amused by the knowledge the consultants,
doctors, nurses and the other professions gave out. I inspired me to work in
this setting.

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