Anna Lewis - Research Manager
When did you start with Trinity McQueen?
I started with Trinity McQueen in March 2014 as a Research Manager.
What skills have been the most useful in helping you progress?
It’s all about developing relationships with Clients, getting them to value and trust your opinions. Being able to go beyond managing the project and being able to manage the client relationship to the best of your ability. Being curious is also important and staying up to date with what is happening in the business world so we can really work closely with our clients.
Who have you turned to for support and advice when you’ve needed it?
My manager has always been a great support, always being available for a call or chat. Taking advantage of training opportunities as they arise opens new opportunities for support too.
What has been your biggest challenge in your career to date?
Returning to work after my maternity leave was a huge challenge for me. It was more about getting back into the swing of things after 1 year off and being up to date with clients and methodologies. It was a big mental shift from being a full-time mum to being a Research Manager again. I had a lot of support from my manager and the Directors, and I’ve loved the challenges since being back.
What wouldn’t you change about your career?
Honestly? I wouldn’t change a thing! Not even the negatives, as you learn from these experiences.
What would you go back and tell your younger self?
I’d say work out what it is that you’re passionate about in research; is it data sets, psychological behaviour or the emotional side of decision making? Then focus on that and let that be your specialism. Don’t ignore your specific interests and have the confidence to pursue these.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to develop their career at Trinity McQueen?
Take every opportunity you have for training and get involved in as many projects as possible.