My work experience with Socomep
So for those who do not know about Socomep and have never heard about it, it is a small-medium sized business growing through the fishing industry.
Socomep deals with big Tuna vessels and their requests for tests to be done on the fish.
As it is well known, fish labs are considered one of the hardest labs to work in and I must admit it has been tough and I have felt like giving up so many times.
However, somehow I seemed to have had the courage and perseverance to pick myself up and try again.
The last two months have been nothing but hard work, fun, motivation, team spirit and learning.
I have been able to fit in well, socialize easily and most times understand my team mates. There were days I finished work late and there were days I finished at usual working hours.
Mornings were spent eating, drinking tea and doing the round abouts of ‘how are you’.
After that those who were not dressed for worked, including me, preceded to their lockers where we started preparing ourselves for the day ahead. Everyday has been a different experience at Socomep.
Placed in the lab under the guidance of Mr Tahira, Miss Julie and Miss Jill I was well taught important rules, concepts and general ways of dealing with fish. All three of them were extremely welcoming. I was educated about how to calibrate our equipment, the species of tuna, the accurate ways of cutting the fish for the different tests, what to wear during the tests, how to perform the tests and how to pack and label the fish to be sent to either to SBS or abroad for further and more complex tests such as, heavy metal or microbiological. I mainly cut the fish and performed tests like salt, histamine and organoleptic. Although I was based in the lab, because we dealt directly with the fishing vessels, when necessary we went on board the vessels, therefore I had the chance to move around and learn outside of Socomep as well.
I had an enjoyable time at Socomep and absorbed a lot of new information. Unfortunately like all good things my journey came to an end. It is very sad that I have to leave behind a different kind of family that I am now use to and feel comfortable with to return to school. I look forward to what’s in store for me and who knows maybe return to Socomep.
I would like to thank everyone there for making me feel at home and thank you for giving the chance to discover my abilities in a different, challenging yet successful field.