LTSSL and degree - confused

Old Dec 15th 2009, 5:51 pm
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Default LTSSL and degree - confused

Hello everyone, first time posting. I have two questions that I hope someone can help me out with:

1) I've read over the EOI process for a skilled migrant visa a thousand times, but there is one thing im not able to figure out - whether or not my degree qualifies as being under the LTSSL. My initial reaction is no, but here is why im confused..

My degree is a standard B.Sc. in Genetics, from a decent university. However these days when you pick a degree, you have huge flexibility in what modules you actually choose to study. For example, if I had chosen to study biology, I would have access to virtually every module available under the entire branch of life sciences (ranging from genetics, plant biology, human physiology, neuroscience, molecular biology, cellular and so on).

On the LTSSL, they list 'Biotechnology' and give some example jobs. Now I didnt do my actual degree in biotechnology, that isnt what is written on my degree paper. But there is so much overlap between the subjects, most universities see very little distinction between molecular bio, genetics, microbiology, all three of which factor heavily in a biotechnology degree.

A degree in Genetics woudnt bar me from getting a job in biotechnology (in the UK), that would be one of the only job areas for someone with my degree. Anyone have any thoughts, whether or not my degree would count?

2) I currently work in the family buisness, which is very niche and would be classified under precision / expert manufacturing. Its not related to my degree (its basically non-organic chemistry stuff).

On my wageslip im listed as the 'IT specialist', bascially im the youngest person there and the only person who knows about computers. I sort the network out, fix the computers etc etc, nothing particularly complex.

Can I claim basic comparable labor market work experience on the EOI, despite the fact my degree isnt related to the actual job im doing? Or could I get work experience points in an area of skills shortage, despite the fact I have no official qualification in the area?

Cheers for any help/clarification on this stuff, its complex
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