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Lab Week 2024 - Deepika Kumar

From Lab Assistant to Associate Scientist
11 years at Quest
Southwest Region - Lewisville, Texas

Q: What did you initially want out of your career?
Deepika: Initially, I wanted to work and wanted to be independent.

Q: How has what you wanted changed over the years?
Deepika: Over the years, I realized working in cytogenetics makes me happy and keeps me motivated alongside achieving financial independence.

Q: Did you ever take any risks with taking on a new role, and were you encouraged to move into different roles, or did you move on your own?
Deepika: Yes, I did take risks with taking on a new role, as all my new roles has new learning demands, but I enjoyed every bit of it. Also, I am glad I took those risks/challenges.

Q: What tools or offerings from Quest did you utilize to help you in your career progression? (tuition reimbursement, EMPower trainings, etc.)
Deepika: EMPower training, onsite-trainings, and peoples’ belief in my hard work and dedication.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who desires more from their current career?
Deepika: Keep looking for opportunities, projects- and never be afraid of taking risks. It might be hard at the beginning, but with your hard work and dedication, you can achieve whatever you are looking for.

Q: Which of our 5Cs do you connect with most, and why? (Customer First, Care, Collaboration, Continuous Improvement, Curiosity)
Deepika: I connect and believe in all the 5Cs, but if I must choose one, it will be continuous improvement. I believe if you keep looking for ideas and keep working hard, it will definitely improve your work and bring lots of confidence and contentment to your life.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Deepika: I believe my journey from a Lab Assistant to the current role of Associate Scientist is a testament to the growth and opportunities within our team. I started as a Lab Assistant, where my passion for technology and eagerness to learn quickly became evident. With guidance and with hard work, I gradually transitioned into a technical role. Their belief in my abilities and willingness to provide opportunities alongside my commitment to growth played a pivotal role in my professional development. As I embraced the challenges of a Lead Tech position, I continued to learn and contribute to various projects. The collaborative environment and mentorship I received allowed me to excel in my role. I am thrilled to have achieved the position of Associate Scientist. I am grateful to my entire team for fostering an environment that encourages learning and growth. I am proud to be part of a company that values its employees and provides avenues for advancement.