Hear from Our People
What do you do?
I am a Business Administrator for Business Operations within the Technology directorate. I deliver effective and efficient operational support across Technology as well as support projects managed in the Business Operations team. I also support with internal communication to Technology to embed a culture of Engagement.
What do you like most about your job?
I work for an organisation with a great bunch of people and for a fantastic cause. In my own small way, I am contributing to our vision which is to have a cancer survival rate of 3 out of 4 people by 2034 which as a career is very fulfilling. I am constantly learning and collaborating with new people. Being apart of the technology directorate has meant I am behind the scenes of some of the many products/services we provide and how some changes that can seem minimal to some can contribute to our bigger picture. Even though technology is not the forefront of the organisation it is just as impactful and an important aspect of the charity nonetheless. I enjoy being a central contact for the teams and being someone who can support the technology teams and help where necessary. You would be surprised to note that working in technology does not mean you have to be extremely tech-savvy and be educated in IT, such as myself and I enjoy meeting people from various backgrounds.
How did you end up securing a role at CRUK?
I studied Psychology, Government & Politics, and History at A-Level. I was planning to go to university to further my studies in International Politics but had a change of heart and decided that I wanted to kick start my career. I stumbled across an apprenticeship opportunity in a STEM career at CRUK. I had never seen myself being in a STEM career as at school we were always told that further studies in a specialised subject would be needed to enter it and here was an opportunity to experience straight out of sixth form and with a prestigious organisation. Thus I applied and fortunately got the job, I have enjoyed kick-starting my career here and look forward to the end of my apprenticeship when I can establish a permanent position in my desired field.
Tell me about the social aspects about working at CRUK?
It has been brilliant being part of a group of graduates that all joined CRUK at the same time. After just one month, I already feel like we’re great friends. We have lunch together most days in the week, go for drinks after work at least once a fortnight, and next week, we will be going to Ultra White Collar Boxing as a group, in aid of SU2C! We also really enjoy spending time with the graduates in the year above and are currently planning a Christmas party together. Not only are they a great social group, but a real support network too; we meet every week to discuss our projects and general wellbeing, which has already proven invaluable.
Tell me about something that you have really enjoyed about working here so far?
I really enjoyed attending the Philanthropy & Partnerships (P&P) Away Day. The day was packed with interesting and inspiring activities, including a P&P strategy workshop, a talk on the changing landscape of cancer research, presentations from each P&P team on their highlights and priorities this year, and even a CRUK science quiz! Additionally, we heard from an inspirational patient about their story. As a new starter, I thought the away day was a brilliant opportunity to learn more about P&P, as well as CRUK as a whole. It really celebrated P&P’s successes and energised and motivated everyone for the year ahead!
I also really enjoyed working at the British Masters 2018 in support of Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. This involved encouraging and collecting donations from the public, as well as running fundraising games such as the Mega Putt Challenge, for which the golf spectators donated £5, giving them 3 attempts at a monster foot putt. It was brilliant to get hands-on fundraising experience, but also to be out in the countryside for a day! There are plenty of opportunities for CRUK employees to volunteer at our events and I really recommend it.