I started with Trinity McQueen in March 2012 as a Research Manager. I am now a Research Director and manage one of the teams in the Leeds office.
What skills have been the most useful in helping you progress?
My ability to think about and solve a problem from many perspectives and staying curious are skills I still use to this day. Clear and direct communication skills have also helped me to build up solid relationships with my clients whilst heading up a team here at Trinity McQueen. My advice would be to find your own style.
Who have you turned to for support and advice when you’ve needed it?
A variety of people at different stages in my career. My line manager has always been a support, as have directors when I’ve been looking at the next step. Having a mentor has helped me find my own solutions to client issues and balancing daily pressures.
What has been your biggest challenge in your career to date?
My biggest challenge was adapting from doing social research to commercial research. However, this allowed me to hone my skills as a Quallie and truly understand how our work can impact the big decisions that clients make.
What wouldn’t you change about your career?
Working for Trinity McQueen. I had applied for a Quant role 18 months prior to actually joining, but knew it wasn’t the right time for me. I was nervous about applying a second time, but it has been the best move and I love that no two days are ever the same.
What would you go back and tell your younger self?
I would advise myself to invest in CIM training and gain an official qualification in my profession. I would also have developed my commercial awareness sooner.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to develop their career at Trinity McQueen?
Put yourself out there, have an opinion and learn from the honest feedback you will receive. Gain as much experience as you can and make the most out of every opportunity. Be excited. Be professional and finally, be yourself.