Writing lecture programmes, conducting practical sessions, and leading groups of up to 40 students during fieldwork
Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Identifying national crime trends to recommend actions to the regional and national police and crime-fighting organisations; working with detective teams to solve local cases
Corporate Planning and Project Management Adviser
Working with national and local government, partnership agencies, and other public and private sector organisations to address strategic trends in crime and public safety
Senior Value for Money Analyst
Working with UK Parliament to assess whether UK Government are spending taxpayers' money wisely
Writing medical documents to support the registration and ongoing approval of pharmaceutical products
Global Publication Strategy Manager
Working with teams of doctors and researchers to prepare scientific publication plans for pharmaceutical products, and to deliver the publications in medical journals and at international congresses
Senior International Product Manager, Pipeline Products
International pharmaceutical company
Working with a wide range of experts to ensure that the products being developed by the pharmaceutical company are the best they can be - for patients, physicians, and for the company
I'm Lauren, 39 years old, born in England but now living in Germany with my husband and my grumpy black and white cat. Outside of work I like doing arts and crafts, working in my garden, and going out and about with friends. I travel quite a lot with work; some of my favourite places to visit are SE Asia, San Francisco, and Barcelona.
Science and pharmaceuticals
10 GCSEs including English, Maths, 3 Sciences
University of Birmingham, UK
3 A-Levels: Geography, Physics, English
B.Sc. (Hons) Geology
Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Design and technology, Drama, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and IT, General studies
North London Collegiate School, UK
I really hated that I had to choose only 3 subjects at A-Level... I wanted to be able to study many more. There are so many interesting things in this world!
The most important skill in any job I have ever had has been dealing well with people. Treating people with respect, and considering how your actions may impact others. Learning from others and sharing your own knowledge. Understanding how different people tick and how to interact well with them to get the best outcome for everyone, as well as realising that different people work in different ways - and that's ok.
Courses and traditional learning are a small part of developing skills. One of the best ways of learning is simply talking to lots of people, and really listening to what they say. Also self-reflection - don't be frightened of making mistakes, but be sure to understand what went wrong so you can do it differently the next time.
I had lots of ideas, as I was interested in so many things: geologist, astronaut, physicist, artist, zoo keeper, vet...
I would try and be less freaked out about doing well in exams. At the time, they seemed as though my life would depend on the outcome. But once you have a few years' work experience, nobody asks about them anymore; people are more interested in how you have proven yourself in the real world. I know plenty of people who messed up their exams but found another way forward and are doing really well in life.