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Jade Allen (BA Philosophy and English Literature 2008)


I am currently working for a CRO (Clinical Research Organisation) as a Contracts Analyst. Both the company and job are amazing, there are opportunities for progression, extensive training, support, mentoring schemes and a 'one' team spirit. As a Contracts Analyst I work on the Contracts put in place to allow us to conduct clinical trials on behalf of our sponsors, these documents include the Scope of Work, Budget, Legal and Payment terms. It is such an interesting job and I really enjoy it.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I chose to study at the University of Reading because it has a reputation as a top ranking academic institution and it also offered the course that most interested me.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The location, the campus was very close to the centre of town and still retained that picturesque look and feel.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Study hard from day 1, enjoy each and every day at Reading because there is so much on offer and make the most of your time as a student.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I work as a Contracts Analyst, I got here as a result of working for numerous pharmaceutical companies and gained many transferrable skills from working in all types of industries - engineering, logistics, pharmaceuticals and now CRO.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Although most job descriptions ask for a Life Sciences degree, you do not need one to be successful in the industry. Persevere. You will find a door in, whether that be to join at entry level and work your way up or start in a position other than the one you were originally interested in and transferring across once you have gained the experience.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

When I first started job seeking I used the careers centre extensively and it was invaluable in my search.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Start looking now, arrange interviews, do not be frightened to apply for the jobs you want but do not feel you have the relevant degree/experience for. Sometimes personality gets you the job. Be open, honest and flexible and you will secure the job you want

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University meant the start of a new chapter in my life. It allowed me to pursue opportunities and progress in my career. My favourite memory was graduation day, I am not sure I have ever felt so proud in my life and I felt part of a very special group of people on that day.


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