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Old Girl Links Design Technology and Dentistry

Monday, 05 October 2015

Old Girl Yusra Razzaq came back into School to talk to a group of girls from Year 9 and above about how Design Technology helped her to become a Dentist!

Yusra began by outlining her career path to date. On leaving Bolton School Girls’ Division in 2005 she completed a Biology Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she achieved a 2:1. By her final year, she had decided that she wanted to become a Dentist. She quickly discovered how highly competitive it is to secure a place, with current statistics showing that only one in seventeen applicants are successful. She decided to take a Gap Year, which she used to gain more experience: as a dental nurse for six months she was able to confirm that dentistry was really what she wanted to do. This also undoubtedly helped her to secure a place at Plymouth University, which is regarded as having one of the top Dental Schools in the country. She is now fully qualified and working at a practice in Middleton.

Yusra’s decision to study Design Technology and some Textiles at A Level were seen as very unconventional at the time. However, she explained that many of the skills she learned in these subjects have been invaluable. For example, she learned in Design Technology how to use a Gantt Chart to create a project schedule, which she then used in her university work. As a result, her tutor praised her highly for her excellent organisational skills.

She also mentioned that the knowledge and skills used to design and make a table are the same as those needed to make a dental crown or construct a dental bridge – she referred to this as ‘civil engineering in the mouth’! She particularly enjoys designing teeth, and gets a lot of satisfaction from helping patients gain confidence and feel better about themselves.

Yusra went on to discuss and emphasise many other aspects of her course and career in a lively Question and Answer session.

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Yusra with some of the girls who attended the talk

Yusra with some of the girls who attended the talk