I first became involved with IRS when I applied for an Office/Business Admin apprenticeship in July. I did not know what to expect at first, but I went ahead and completed the initial exams in maths, English and IT in Liverpool and was given a date for an interview at the IRS offices.
I undertook some research into the company before my interview. I found out more about what the apprenticeship would consist of and what I should expect. When I discovered that the company worked in Radiation Protection I felt more determined to gain my place within the company as I thought of it as something new to me and something interesting that I could learn more about.
I arrived to my interview feeling determined and also quite confident after doing my research. I was given some more information about what joining the survey team would consist of and thought it would be a great opportunity for me as I already had a strong interest in science and thought it would be good to learn something completely new to me, so I accepted the offer of a further interview. Here I met the scientific officers and gained more information from them. It went well and I came in for a trial day a few days later.
I went out with a senior Scientific Officer on my trial day and traveled to a hospital to do some checks on a basic X-ray tube and generator and a mobile X-ray unit. Although it was all very new to me, my supervisor did a great job of going through the survey at an efficient pace and showing me how the surveys were conducted. I finished my trial day eager to learn more and hoping that I would be given the opportunity to join IRS. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call the morning after, telling me I had got the place and was to start the following Monday.
I have now been at IRS for nearly two and a half months and although it isn’t a great amount of time I feel I have benefited an awful lot from it. I have traveled to different hospitals and dentists, worked with different people and learnt about different types of surveys on various types of equipment. I am feeling more and more confident about conducting the surveys each day and although the apprenticeship is to last for one year, I am really hoping to be able to stay with IRS for as long as possible.