After completing my Ph.D, I began working at the University and I had the privilege of supporting the academic staff in their commercial outreach; creating and building incredibly valuable links between industry and research. Based within the Faculty of Science I worked as a liaison between the general public/global business and University staff, including requests for scientific analysis and problem solving. My work also included the organisation of academic conferences and assistance in the coordination of European Projects, including presentations, report writing and event planning and delivery.
Working as a marine recruitment consultant and crewing manager further developed my client liaison and organisational skills. The ability to work to strict and often urgent time constraints was of vital importance, as was the ability to be both positively proactive and reactive. An assertive but flexible approach was often required to solve problems and to mediate between client and personnel. Coordinating travel arrangements and visa requirements along with the management of professional competencies of the crew were all important elements of the role.
The move being self employed offered new challenges including direct staff management, accounting and adherence to workplace legislation. Property management and letting is a very dynamic and challenging industry, driven by demands from leaseholders, freeholders, landlords and tenants. Tasks included office management, diary coordination, letter writing, book keeping, file management, advertising and web management.
- Office administration utilising Microsoft based products
- Personal assistance
- Book keeping utilising QuickBooks and Sage Instant
- Website maintenance – WordPress
- Technical desk studies
- Report writing
- Property management
- Travel arrangements
- Event planning
- Willingness to learn new software, work protocol, undergo job specific training