I’ve been trying to get a full time job in the radio industry since I graduated in 2011 and while I continue to volunteer for two radio/media based charities, it turns out I didn’t have enough experience to get that ‘real world’ job I had been yearning for.
This realisation came mid 2018, after I had applied for jobs in marketing & communications. It turns out even after having years of voluntary experience and a very good grasp of the job specifications, I just ‘missed the mark’. The unfortunate thing is that all of this took place during, and shortly after, I battled with a few demons in my own life.
It was disappointing, how can you get that real world experience, if people simply won’t give you the chance? It didn’t matter that I have a degree in Radio Production, knew my way around Adobe Audition & Photoshop and ran my own business whilst studying at University and holding down a day job thereafter.
And that’s where things changed, for the better, with my day job.
A brief potted history for you – I left with my degree and needed a job to earn some money, a job I could do whilst looking for work in radio. That job was as a Clinic Prep assistant in the NHS, essentially preparing notes for outpatient clinics. It was only ever meant to last a year, but nearly eight years later, I’m still employed by the National Health Service.
I’ve gone from being a Clinic Prep assistant to an Outpatient Supervisor, moved to being an Outpatient Administrator to working clinically as a Healthcare Science Assistant (HSA) within Cardiology.
The latter job of being a HSA was extremely fun, in fact, it still is. I’ve gone from dealing with patients face-to-face, whether that was performing their electrocardiogram (ECG) or fitting them with an ambulatory monitor (a device they take home and return), to undertaking a new position in the department within Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) and dealing with patients via telephone & computer.
My new role as the HSA in CRM is to help maintain and look after three remote monitoring databases. In a nutshell, some patients who have ICDs, Pacemakers and ILR’s can be monitored from home, meaning they don’t have to come into hospital as frequently, unless they have a symptom, or we see something and want to see them in clinic.
I look after the databases, ensuring patients schedules are to time, triage traces and priorities them for the Cardiac Physiologists, hand out monitoring kits to patients and deal with patient queries on a daily basis.
It’s a new role for the department, so it’s forever expanding, but I genuinely feel and believe that, for Cardiac Physiology at least, being followed up remotely is beneficial for the patients, especially those that travel in from other counties to get seen.
I’ve never really posted anything about my ‘real world’ job before, I guess my concentration and focus was always to get into the media or a creative industry, but there’s nothing to stop me from being creative in this new role, or bringing a bit of creativity into the NHS, it might not be a colourful kind of creativity, but more of a ‘thinking outside the box’ kind of creativity.
My perspectives and thoughts have changed – it’s super tough to get into the creative and media industries, but I think I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I enjoy that more as a hobby by volunteering with the charities I’m involved with, who give me the freedom to be creative.
For now, I’m thoroughly enjoying looking after peoples hearts with remote technology.
Oh, the British Heart Foundation have a really useful website full of information on different aspects of my job and what happens within Cardiology/Cardiac Physiology. Click here to check them out.