By Jeni Lagan, Market Research Executive at Explain
I joined Explain Market Research on their graduate scheme in April 2015, while completing my MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology at Northumbria University. I was expecting to begin my career with the dreaded new-starter tasks like fetching drinks and photocopying, but how wrong I was! From the very start my team gave me comprehensive training and supported me in getting the experience I needed to succeed in the fast-paced research agency environment – data analysis, report writing, time management, and much more. From this I gained the skills and confidence to design projects from inception, deliver insightful findings, and liaise with clients at all levels.
Having begun as a Market Research Assistant, I was promoted twice during my 12 months on the programme – first to Market Research Coordinator, and then to my current project management role of Market Research Executive. I’ve also had the opportunity to complete a certificate qualification in Market & Social Research with the world’s leading research association, the Market Research Society (MRS).
I have now been an Executive for over nine months and it has been a whirlwind, but I’ve loved every minute! The challenges faced as a graduate are now responsibilities I take on day to day. There’s never a boring moment, with new clients and research projects always around the corner. Although I’m no longer on the graduate scheme, I’m still learning something new each day; even in these short nine months as an Executive my role has blossomed and developed.
Working at Explain you realise just how far teamwork will take you; in 18 months I’ve gone from using my colleagues for training and support, to providing the same guidance to our current graduates.