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Case Study: Trisha

Personal details
Degree:International Relations Profile picture
School(s): School of International Relations
Year of Graduation:May-2006
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Crown Agents
Job title: Development Policy Research
Occupational Sector: International Development/ Organisations
What has been your route to getting your current position?

Following graduation I spent a year in The States which included a 6 month internship at an international NGO called the Carter Centre. Once I returned to the UK to think about my first job I was sold into the idea of Executive Search (headhunting) and moved to London to work in this field linked to the Energy industry. After a successful 2 years I realized that I wanted a more rewarding career that was more closely aligned with my degree and my interests. After taking a little time out to research and network I came upon International Development Consulting as something that seemed to fit my skills and ambitions. I applied to numerous relevant companies and interviewed at Crown Agents and accepted a role there soon after.

What does your job involve ?

I am just starting out in the Development industry and am currently within our commercial Business Intelligence and Development division. My work involves liaising with our numerous divisions working on global development projects around the world and assisting these teams with market research and analysis and general support that assist with their projects and the winning of new business.

What are the best bits of your job ?

The best bit about my job is how rewarding it is. My company completes projects around the world that directly benefit those in developing countries and so every piece of work we do has a positive impact somewhere in the world. The people around me are very passionate about their work and it is a great feeling knowing that you are working hard for a good cause.

Why were you successful?

My success was down to a combination of things. Firstly my degree and internship certainly gave me a relevant background for this field. Secondly taking the time to analyze myself, my strengths and my ambitions was important and thirdly taking time to network and research.

What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Research and analysis gained throughout my degree, teamed with essay/report writing and having the confidence to present my ideas to others in a concise and confident manner.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Think carefully about what your key motivations are and if they are in line with a field such as Development/politics then start to network and research and make use of the St Andrews alumni network and careers site etc.

My hours are flexible and 9 – 5 most of the time, the work is very interesting and the work-life balance is good!