Most people who join us have a big interest in how things are put together.
Whether that’s a hands-on interest in how an electrical or mechanical device works, or a fascination with the uses to which we can put forces such as radiation, electricity or magnetism.
On top of this, these roles require you to be good at communicating with others. Some roles involve working with patients who might be nervous about the complex machinery being used. So you’ll need to be reassuring and good at explaining things clearly. You’ll also often need to liaise with other health professionals, from doctors and nurses to physios, to help them understand what devices do and how to get the most out of them. And as a researcher, you’ll need to talk to academics, patients, and clinicians to make sure their scientific breakthroughs are achieving practical results and can be introduced safely into the clinic. So being a team player’s really important.
Above all, it helps to have a real patient focus. Remember that every piece of equipment you’re maintaining, developing or creating is going to be used as a vital part of someone’s healthcare.