Career Mentoring offers career support through pairing students with mentors working in industry. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand about career options outside academia.
Meet Joy, one of our mentors
Joy has a PhD in physiology from Newcastle University and recently retired from Procter & Gamble after a 28 year career. She told us why she decided to move to industry after completing her PhD:
‘After my PhD I chose to move off the academic career path and begin a career in industry, driven by my desire to work as part of a team, to work in a fast moving environment where I would see fast results and impacts, and to have access to a variety of different types of work.
I made the career move and it worked out happily. A career at Procter & Gamble gave me opportunities to achieve both my personal and career goals. Starting off in Pharmaceutical Marketing, I moved into other areas of work and for the later years of my career I managed employee related IT projects across Western Europe. The skills I mastered during my PhD have been relevant throughout.’
Joy has already worked with two research students through the mentoring programme, and hopes to support other students through Career Mentoring:
‘I have frequently benefited from the guidance and support of my work colleagues. I have also enjoyed supporting a number of graduates, interns and colleagues both professionally and with personal matters such as managing dual careers, combining work with family life, and work life balance.
Now that I am retired, I would like to continue to share my experiences and enjoy helping others find solutions to life and career challenges.’
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