Meet the Team: Jak Evans, Quality Control Manager
Why did you choose to embark on a career in science?
I have had a lifelong interest in science, especially health, exercise, nutrition, and the environment.
I started practicing science at School and progressed into university. Following graduation I worked several jobs within manufacturing before starting my career at biological preparations April 2020.
What drives you to work so passionately?
I have always had a passion for science. However, I think it has really come to light through the impact made over the past 2 years, throughout the pandemic. Knowing our products help keep society and the environment safe through testing times is a great sense of achievement.
What are the biggest challenges you've faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
My biggest challenge was securing a full-time position within science post-graduation. As I had never worked in this environment before, I had to draw on all gained knowledge throughout school and university to demonstrate my ability to be successful within the role.
What are your proudest achievements?
To date, one of my proudest achievements is graduating Cardiff Metropolitan University with an upper-class 2:1 degree in Biomedical Science and securing a full-time job with Biological Preparations – a company that is as passionate about sustainability as I am and has allowed me to continuously learn and progress.
What is the best thing about working in science?
Science can be fun. Science is always progressing with new technologies coming to light, every day is different.
Who is the biggest influencer that has inspired you in your career?
Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. She discovered the density of DNA and, more importantly, established that the molecule existed in a helical conformation. Her work to make clearer X-ray patterns of DNA molecules laid the foundation for James Watson and Francis Crick's suggestion that DNA is a double-helix polymer in 1953.
What advice would you give to young people starting in their career in science?
Research careers you would be interested in and take full advantage in any opportunity that arises, try to secure training or placement in that field – if you are lucky to find an apprenticeship that pays for further training, development or even education. GO FOR IT!!