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Linor Jones - Clinical Scientist, Glan Clwyd hospital

My name is Linor and I’m a Clinical Scientist in Audiology. I currently work as Clinical Lead in Adult Cochlear Implants at the North Wales Auditory Implant Centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

I studied Biology for my undergraduate degree in Cardiff and although I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do for a career at that stage, the one thing I knew was that I wanted to work with people in a role that involved science. It was only during a careers event during my third year at university that I got introduced to the work of Healthcare Scientists and immediately the discipline of Audiology grabbed my attention. I visited a few departments to get a feel for the role and applied to do the MSc Audiology at Manchester University. At the same time I applied for the in-service Clinical Scientist training post here at Glan Clwyd Hospital but unfortunately was not successful, so I completed my Masters degree and completed the clinical training to become an Audiologist. I was then fortunate enough, third time lucky, at getting a in-service Clinical Scientist training post. I completed this training in all aspects of Audiology and then successfully registered as a Clinical Scientist in 2014. From then I have been lucky to have had great further training opportunities within the Audiology service and have got to where I am today, in a job I love, leading a team of scientists working with cochlear implants.

I was inspired to follow a career in science by my high school Biology teacher. She was the best teacher I had during my school years and she really pushed me to pursue my interest in science. I don’t think I would have applied for a degree in Biology if it was not for her.

If you are considering a career in science I would encourage you to push on and follow your desire. There are so many varied careers involved in science and the vast array of different careers my Biology student colleagues have pursued are all incredibly interesting and rewarding. For me I really enjoy applying science in my everyday role to help patients achieve their needs and supporting them along the way. My job is really rewarding as we are able to improve someone’s quality of life and exciting given all the technology developments that has happened over the years. I would highly recommend a career in science for any woman!