A day as a laboratory technician apprentice
During my work as a laboratory technician, I use my English skills very often because most of the regulations are recorded in English. Furthermore, J&J is an international company with many employees who hardly speak German. My regular tasks include daily control of the analytical balances, checking if there is enough of all consumables (replenishment), washing dishes (measuring cylinders, glass flasks, beakers etc.) and refilling the water tank of the hydrogen generator. I take a small 'Znünipause' together with my friends at about 09:00. I usually have the lunch break at 13:00. There are no set times for the breaks, which is why I can take them as I please. Since I work in a research department, it often happens that I get to do something new or already known methods with new substances. One of the things I learned during my training is to always be patient and keep a cool head when something doesn't work. This is a skill I would like to develop further, as research can also be very frustrating. At the end of the day, I check to see if I left any of my things lying around so I can clean them up. I turn off devices that are not needed overnight or can basically be turned off (pH meters, for example). My personal highlight of my training was twice being allowed to develop my own methods with the help of my practice trainer. I have a friendly, collegial, and professional relationship with my trainer. Sometimes it is also very funny. I also maintain a professional relationship with my work colleagues. At J&J I feel amazingly comfortable and safe. You get support from every side. At J&J, you are constantly informed about what's going on. It's cool to know that you can contribute to such a big company.