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TENDAI MAKUWATSINE

I am the Team Leader for Teaching Labs Technical Support in the School of Physics & Astronomy.

My career started off abroad as a Trainee Technician at The University of Zimbabwe, Physics Department and I had risen through the ranks and got promoted to Head the Technical Section by the time I moved here. 

Looking for work in the UK was a tough challenge despite all the knowledge and experience I had, but I successfully joined the University of Birmingham Medical School back in 2003 as a Medical School Technician on a Band 300 position. Two years on, I re-joined the University of Birmingham, this time in The School of Physics & Astronomy as a Technician with responsibility for the final year Teaching Labs.

This move was a step-back on my career progression in Zimbabwe but I knew I had to gain as much local experience as possible beforehand, whilst also knowing that I would be able to perform in an environment that I was familiar with, having had my training in a more or less similar environment.

I now lead the team providing technical support for all teaching laboratories in Physics & Astronomy and have held this position for the last 4 years.

"I have always had a good idea on the direction I wanted my career to take but also thought to seek the right support from the school to support my personal and professional development" 

Tendai Makuwatsine, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Since joining the School of Physics & Astronomy (University of Birmingham), I have taken a number of professional courses, including in Health and Safety (NEBOSH), an Institute of Leadership and Management course and The Aditi Leadership Development Course, as well as undergraduate study in Engineering, all whilst working full-time.


I have voluntarily enrolled on a variety of courses ranging from developing understanding of particular subject matters to those for improving competency.


The University is an environment that offers a lot of opportunities to self-develop, so take advantage of this and network across all sectors, where possible. Seeking these out and proving one’s worth is an effective way of promoting a positive career growth.


A strong awareness of the direction in which one wishes their career to go also helps but if one is unsure, there are lots of opportunities on campus, so do not be afraid to ask for advice or recommendation from colleagues.

"I think it is important to take yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time and by attending different networking events and courses, including Aditi, it has given me the confidence and a visible profile, within my own area of work and also outside of this remit." 

Tendai Makuwatsine, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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