Megan, Senior Research Officer, Royal College of General Practitioners

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    Megan

    Gender and International Relations (MSc), 2013

    Senior Research Officer, Royal College of General Practitioners


Since leaving Bristol…

After my English BA, I went travelling for 6 months, then applied to do a Masters in Gender and International Relations starting in 2012, which had been my plan upon leaving university. Before starting, I undertook three internships in different charities - two unpaid and one paid. Following my MSc, I started a graduate programme with a large market research company, based in their social and political team, specialising in quantitative communications evaluation for government. I spent just over two years there before moving away from an agency into a charity where I work as the sole researcher supporting policy and campaigns.  

In my current job…

My job is incredibly varied, but it could involve anything that supports policy and campaigning from a research perspective. Often that means analysing existing data (national figures, the budget, national statistics), both interpreting what is out there or performing further statistical work. However, there is also commissioned research, so in the future I will be commissioning and managing our own research projects, both quantitative and qualitative.  

Having a UoB degree…

The extra-curricular things I did at university have been instrumental in helping me with applications, as I have strong coverage of all the obvious qualities such as communication, research, organisation and team work. My MSc involved a qualitative research component in my dissertation which certainly helped me get into the social research sector.  

Hints/tips…

With hindsight, I would have looked at job adverts for careers I was interested in whilst at university so I could ensure I was covering the skills they required.