1. What is your current position?

Audit Assistant, KPMG

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

13 months

3. How did you learn about your current position?

Research – when I decided to leave scientific research (I was doing a PhD before my current job), I made lists of what I did like about science research/ academia, what I didn't like, what I wanted from a job that I felt was missing in my current role and a list of things I wanted to avoid in a career. I came up with audit.

1. What is your current position?

Press and Public Enquiries Officer at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

Approximately 4 months before my PhD was due to end I started looking for jobs. I had two interviews; one for a publishing assistant position and one for a medical writer role. I decided to take the medical writer job and started there as soon as my research contract ended. However, after 3 months of being a medical writer I realised it wasn't for me so I began looking elsewhere and saw an advert about the press officer role at the HFEA.

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