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A Day In The Life of a Gas Chromatography (GC) Analyst
Hannah Swainston, A GC Analyst from our Bedford Laboratory gives us a snapshot into her role within RPS.
28 March 2023 | 3 min read
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy that no day is the same and there is a mixture of lab work and computer work within my role. Working at RPS, we have a wide range of instruments available to work with and learn about. I enjoy the instruments the most, understanding how they work and how to fix them. Part of my role is to interact with the engineers when dealing with instrument issues, which allows me to develop my knowledge further.
What challenges have you faced during your career and how does working at RPS work for you?
Working at RPS has helped me to develop my confidence and work a lot more independently. This has allowed me to become a much better problem solver and enabled me to support and train others more effectively. Improving these skills has been beneficial as it has empowered me to progress from organising my own workload, to now being in the project team and scheduling a group of extractors and solving any queries they may have.
RPS prepares you with a skill set that allows you to be more adaptable to a changing working environment.
What key advice would you give to someone who was considering joining RPS?
At RPS laboratory, we are small and compact part of the company. Having a smaller team means everyone knows each other and gets along well, which makes it a very sociable place to work and each day enjoyable.
If someone was interested in joining RPS I would say it is a very friendly place to work and you settle in very quickly. It is a very good place to be for progression and development in your career, as you are entered into a development program, meaning you have regular reviews and new goals set to ensure you are developing your skillset.