Name: Jordan Schofield
Previous School: Ipswich Academy
What have you been up to since leaving One?
After leaving One I went onto study a BSc (Hons) in Bioscience at the University of Suffolk and received the Accreditation Top Project award from the Royal Society of Biology, for my final year dissertation.
I am now studying an MSc in Regenerative Medicine and I am looking into my future, to either conduct research within the scientific industry, or more promisingly study a PhD; continuing research into the effects of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) on muscle regeneration.
What was your favourite thing about studying at One?
My most favourite thing about Suffolk One was the atmosphere, a friendly and enjoyable environment supported by a great team, especially those in STEM, who make learning science fun and rewarding. What I miss most about One is the people and the memories I made with them, which is something I will never forget.
How did you decide on your career path?
From a very young age I have always enjoyed science and when I left high school I was not sure what part of it to pursue or how to do so. That's where One came in and I started my journey on the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
This diploma opened my eyes to everything from microbiology and laboratory techniques, to criminal psychology. All of which helped me to explore areas of science I had never learnt before and allowed me to find something to pursue and go on to specialise in at university.
How did your studying your BTEC Diploma at One help you to prepare for your next step?
One not only helped me to further specialise in science but to also develop and equip myself with skills essential for moving on. It helped me to gain hands on experience within the laboratory, to challenge myself and to become self-motivated, which are all an essential aspect of being a scientist.
What advice would you give to current and prospective students?
Find something you enjoy and start looking at all your options, don't listen to what other people want you to do. Do not get me wrong their opinions can be valuable but go with what you think is best. If you decide to go to university then start looking early, find what's out there, go to a few open events and get a feel for it. The most important thing to do is find something you love, because it is going to be more worth will and rewarding.