Former learner, Brittany, reflects on how her college experience helped her land a job as a Forensics Examiner
January 12, 2022

Former learner, Brittany, reflects on how her college experience helped her land a job as a Forensics Examiner

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Brittany Jarvis, 23, is a Forensics Examiner at Eurofins Forensics Services.

She studied at Coventry College from 2014 to 2016 and has reflected on how her experience helped her to land a role in an industry that has inspired her since she was 16.

As a Workflow Supervisor, I manage a small team who examine Scenes of Crime Evidence. My day-to-day duties involve planning and managing work for the team, examining evidence as well as reviewing data and processes.

I spend a lot of time in the lab examining evidence and sampling for DNA to be processed.

After leaving school I knew that I wanted to work in Forensics, and luckily Coventry College offered a two-year Science course that would allow me to focus my energy on one subject and plot a route to university and a career in the field.

I really enjoyed college and the course. By leaving school after Year 11 and going to college it allowed me to gain an understanding of the wider industry and the different roles within forensics, which really helped me to refine my career aspirations.

If you have a certain career path in your mind like I did, or an idea of what you might like to do, then college will be a great fit for you too, as you gain knowledge and experience early on, which made it easier to get into university and feel confident in my subject before I arrived.

The course was very interesting and covered many different areas of Forensics such as Psychology, Criminology and Fire Examination.

My tutors were very knowledgeable and friendly and were easy to talk to if I ever needed help with coursework.

But they also reminded me that you only get out what you put in, so take every opportunity to learn as much as you can and it will get you far in your career.

The focus that college gives you is a great way to make that first step towards your personal career goals, just as my experience has set me up for a success within a field that fascinates me.