Journey to Genomics: Karen Jarrett

Karen Jarrett
Family History Co-ordinator

Karen worked previously as

Associate Practitioner where she developed her skills to become a registered Science technician.

She completed an access to HE course, then started a Health Science degree with the Open University and now works as a FHC.

What inspired you to pursue a role in the field of genomics?

I discovered genomics whilst working towards a Health Science Degree with the Open University, the Genetics module whilst challenging highlighted how scientists are now able to achieve all kinds of previously unavailable results and with these exciting developments we can all look forward to the future of genomics.

What happens during a typical working day?

Whilst I mainly work alone I am part of a multidisciplinary

team who all work together to ensure the service runs smoothly. Being the central point of contact for the service includes providing information for the clinicians, this can range from drawing a family history pedigree to turning detective in order to obtain necessary clinical information.

What advice would you give to those interested in joining this field?

It is key to be able to communicate and listen effectively

as well as maintain organisation, if you enjoy being part of a team, can use your own initiative to determine priority of work and enjoy a busy office environment then becoming a Family History Coordinator could be for you.