(ICYMI Week 2…commenced 25th July 2016.)
So…this week I have been stuck into the organisation and relationships (strictly platonic) with colleagues are building…slowly. This week I wasn’t the newbie in the office…work experience. This week I was joined by a passionate young scientist who wants a career in biology. He was really nice and eager. Having him in the office gave me a drive to completely discover the depth of the company and strike out for the opportunities. It was strange, as I still felt new, to show someone who was brand new the “ropes”. It showed me that they must have a lot of faith in me to assist him long the way.
I continued my mission of finding out more into LGC and I have been introduced to some of the divisions this week which were:Science and Innovation, Corporate and Food Authenticity.
I shall summarise what I know, so far:
Science and Innovation- The iknow and ithink division. Science is always evolving and this division is creating new techniques of thinking. They have set up a ithink social media platform, where scientists are able to put forward new findings and ideas that they have. The second one is iknow, which is the social media platform where scientists are able to post/share their published work. The “iknow” and “ithink” platforms help stimulate the sharing of finding d to organically advance science on a global platform.
Food Authenticity- The food authenticity is actually not a division within LGC but it was an incentive stemmed from the organisation and is overseen by Selvarani Elahi, the Deputy Government Chemist at LGC. It came to fruition after the Elliott review “Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Network” aims to raise awareness of the tools available to check for mislabelling and food fraud.
Corporate- This is were my team is placed. Group communications. Under this division, we also have the Chief Executives. There is also the Marketing, Finance, IT, Legal and HR teams.
Did you know that LGC is 1 of 11 government approved DNA testing companies in the UK!
I was fortunate enough to meet THE sector manager of the DNA speciation team. This team carry out DNA testing on food and food related products and DNA relationship testing. The DNA speciation manager, Vic Moore, explained her role within the organisation and showed me how DNA parentage is determined. A key fact I found out is that it is actually not 50/50 split DNA we receive from our parents, we slightly have more of our maternal DNA than paternal but they can both be used in identifying origins.
I was also introduced to some of their projects that her department are currently doing. One big project is helping in identifying the bodies found from World War One, in Fromelles. This year was the 100 year anniversary and the team went along to the memorial and re-visited the site. It looked incredible. Check out the video below and watch all about it. It’s an amazing project and I hope I can become more involved with.
This week I was also introduced to the Deputy Government Chemist, Selvarani Elahi, who is involved in the Food Authenticity Network as well. She had a great deal of knowledge and wisdom she shared for working within this organisation and also what was expected of me in aiding the Network.
One thing I truly appreciate about everyone I have met so far is that they are so open to my questions and can also sense when I’m slightly confused as well. They have all extended the olive branch for me, to discover more about their roles and I will continue my communications with them.
Finally I can write about my 3rd week at LGC. It’s weird being here for three weeks now, it still feels brand new -but at the same time its routine now.
Over the past two weeks, I have been given a lot of trust and responsibility by my line manager, who allows me to have free rein across all external communications, in particular the social media platforms. I have started to gather ideas, using inspiration from companies with similar ethos and working through which devices will work for LGC. I set up a meeting with my manager so I can pitch some of my ideas for them and also for the 175th anniversary next year. Exciting times.
Agnes Proust. This is the name of my placement tutor and she is lovely. Agnes came to visit this week to see how I was settling in to the role and if I had been trained/welcomed into the organisation. We spoke over, the monthly reports I need to submit in order to get a distinction for this placement year. My next meeting with her will be in October and I look forward to telling her everything I have been up to.
The star moment for me this week, was sitting in the ATCC meeting on design, packaging and marketing. I went with the design team, to watch them in action speak about a new design launch they had been working on. The marketing teams for that specific division and LGC marketing as a brand, all had conflicting ideas on which design to use. It was tense at times, a few passive aggressive remarks, slightly uncomfortable for me. The most surprising thing about the whole meeting was them asking me for my advice on how to reach their stakeholders and the best channels to communicate it through. I WAS GOBSMACKED. I shook it off and my mind and my mouth synced up and my ideas and facts started to flow really well. They were all receptive of my ideas and open to trying them out for launching the product. I was very pleased.
The end of my work week was bad.I fell. I fell going up the stairs to the staff toilet, gashed my knee AND ripped a hole in the knee of my leggings. To make matters worse, I had to fill in a form and log it into the system which is now visible for all employees to see on the internal site. When I type in my name that’s the first link that pops up, followed by all the articles I have written/submitted online. Embarrassed doesn’t even cover how I felt. The one good thing about it all….it happened at the end of the week.
One word for the accident…OUCH!!!
Read more for my clumsy moments.