Essential Skills and Work Habits in Action Part B - Lab Technologist

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Essential Skills and Work Habits in Action Video
Part B: Lab technologist
Location/Activity: Medical Laboratory

Medical Lab Technologist: [We see a male in a white lab coat sitting in a lab.] As a medical lab technologist, data analysis is a skill that I use everyday. [He turns away and the camera focuses on another medical lab technologist working in the lab.]
Ike Agbassi, Medical Laboratory Technologist: Well, as a medical lab technologist we are in the field of diagnosing diseases, finding out what is wrong with somebody. [Screenshot of the wall shelves in the lab holding various binders.] So, the skills that you essentially need are being able to be very organized. [Ike moves over to the shelves and removes one of the white binders and starts looking through it.] Reading, writing, all those things, computer skills [Screenshot of another worker in the lab working at his computer.]- because we tend to work [Screenshot of Ike's face as he is speaking] with a lot of instruments.
Ike Agbassi, Medical Laboratory Technologist: Because of those instrumentations, you have to be very organized. [Screenshot of Ike and a female medical lab technologist working in the lab] You have to be able to be very articulate in your work so that you can produce accurate results.
Ike Agbassi, Medical Laboratory Technologist: [Screenshot of Ike focusing on his work] For example, document use is very, very important. [Ike is completing a document in a binder] You have to be able to keep track of documents, in the sense that patients' lives depend on that. [Screenshot of Ike's face as he is speaking] In the sense that the test that we run, [Screenshot of Ike and another female medical lab technologist working in the lab] document it, and you have to make sure that we did it for the right patient - and that is very, very important. You don't want to mix up somebody's results. [Screenshots of various pieces of lab equipment]
Ike Agbassi, Medical Laboratory Technologist: [Screenshot of Ike's face as he is speaking] I was a medical lab technologist previously in Nigeria for about twelve years [Screenshots of Ike in Nigeria] and immigrated to Canada in 2003. [Screenshot of Ike's face as he is speaking] I couldn't get a job so obviously I had a lot of other jobs I had to do. I worked in a bakery. I worked in odd jobs. I've worked in construction and also, finally, I worked as a personal support worker. And, in all of them, the skills, I would say, are the same. You have to be organized. You have to be able to take decisions, on your own. You have to be able to solve problems as they arise. And all of those jobs that I did, kind of helped me out in the sense that, as a medical lab technologist I have to be able to take some decisions, I have to be able to solve problems when they arise in whatever way they come.
Ike Agbassi, Medical Laboratory Technologist: [Screenshot of Ike standing in his lab] As you can see, the lab I work with is a small place with a lot of people in it. [Ike turns around and we see a screenshot of a medical lab technologist reaching down into a glass case. We then see a screenshot of four people working in the lab.] Part of my job is task-planning is such a way that I have to be able to plan for the job [Screenshot of Ike standing in his lab] on any given day to accomplish my tasks. This is something I learned when I was working in the bakery. Almost a similar environment - small and, you know, tight with a lot of people in it. But you're still able to focus on your job and know exactly what you want to do and accomplish on any given day. And those are skills that you need to succeed in this sort of job.
Location/Activity: At Ike's Home

Ike Agbassi, Medical Laboratory Technologist: [Screenshot of Ike's house in winter. A van is in the driveway while we see a car driving by. We then see a screenshot of Ike's Family Room. He is sitting on a couch with his laptop on his lap; his wife is across the room from him sitting on a chair and his son is running between them towards the television.] When you think of it, even in family life, [Screenshot of Ike's face as he is speaking] one of the essential skills you need is budget. [Screenshot of a computer keyboard] You gotta have the budget. [Screenshot of Ike working on his laptop in the Family Room] You have to have a budget plan - [Screenshot of Ike's face as he is speaking] the family has to not only live within their means, [Screenshot of Ike and his wife preparing a meal in the kitchen] but also be able to plan for unforeseen circumstances. So budgeting is very, very important. In the sense that it allows you to know where you are now, [Screenshot of Ike's face as he is speaking] where you are aiming to be, and invariably if you budget well and you keep to your budget you end up being in a very good place.