Alumni Spotlight - Latoya Lewis

Recent graduate Latoya Lewis (BMedSc Biomedical Materials Science, 2012; PG Diploma Physicians Associate Studies, 2017) shares what she has been up to since graduation, the best advice she’s been given and how she benefited from the support of the University’s Careers Network.

What have you been up to since graduation?

I have been working as a Physician Associate at Heartlands Hospital in Cardiology since July and I really enjoy it. The team have been absolutely amazing and have been very supportive in developing my clinical knowledge. It’s been great applying the knowledge and skills I have learnt whilst studying, towards the care of patients.  

How did Careers Network help you after your undergraduate degree?

The Careers Network helped me throughout my academic career. They were very keen to help me develop my CV and cover letter and helped provide a framework that I use to this day. I also found the practice-interviews really beneficial as they helped develop my confidence and familiarity with interviews in general. I still keep in touch with the Careers Network to this day because they are genuinely invested in helping people to get onto the career path that’s most suitable for them.

What is your favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus is the library at the Medical School, mainly because I spent a lot of my time there and the facilities are of high quality. There are a wide range of resources and also the atmosphere is very stimulating and that helps to promote learning.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

This year whilst I was completing my postgraduate diploma in order to qualify as a Physician Associate, a job opportunity arose. I had limited time to prepare for the interview and was very doubtful of myself. The Careers Network team helped and encouraged me and gave me the best advice: “Just go for it!” Suffice to say I was successful at the interview.

What advice would you give to someone who is uncertain about their career choice?

If anyone is uncertain about their career choice I would definitely recommend seeing the Careers Network. Together they work with you to determine your strengths, weaknesses and what career would be best suited to you. Also it is a good idea to attend careers fair that are organised by the University. There are many employers and companies that are all looking for potential new starters.

Describe your University experience in three words: Challenging, stimulating and exciting.

 

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