Graeme Flanagan

What is your job?

 I work as an 'Apprentice Toxicologist' in the Safety Assessment area.  My job is to perform toxicology assays on cell lines and I am responsible for the general maintenance of cell lines through cell culture techniques. 

How did you choose your career?

Science has always interested me but I didn’t have a degree or any real experience in the science sector so an apprenticeship turned out to be ideal for me and a great way to get involved. I thought my age would stop me becoming an apprentice but it is no barrier!

What do you like best about your job?

Being able to see through a study on cells from conception to completion, and reporting the summarised data forward, is a good feeling, knowing you have contributed personally to a project.

What’s your next goal?

I would like to begin the higher apprenticeships degree course with the University of Kent or Manchester in 2015, whilst still increasing my skill set at GSK.

What’s your advice for budding scientists?

Stay focused on what you want to do and where you want to get and you will achieve it, but always keep an open mind.

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