a day in the life of a research manager

meet Lauren

Lauren graduated with a First in Linguistics from the University of Manchester in 2013. After completing a Technical Authoring course, Lauren joined the Technical Solutions team in September 2013 as a Technical Author, producing formal documentation for a variety of company projects. After a short summer break spent at Camp America, Lauren rejoined us in October 2014 as part of our Graduate Development Programme. She currently works in our Singapore office as a Senior Research Executive.

What’s the first thing you do when you get in the office? I definitely always grab a coffee whilst my computer’s starting up! I then usually take a bit of time to read through emails and check in on the UK using the staff intranet – there’s usually plenty of puns flying around, but there’s some serious and useful work-related stuff on there too, so it’s good to keep up to date!

How many accounts do you work on at any one time? It varies! At the minute, we’re working on 3 different projects and have just debriefed another, but 2 of those are for the same client – it’s quite common for clients to have multiple projects running at once.

Who do you sit with? For now, there’s just three of us in this office, but we’re in a collective working space, so there’s plenty of other people on the floor too. We all get on really well though – it’s nice to be able to have a giggle whilst you’re working.

What is the bulk of your time spent doing? A bit of everything! Report writing, designing research guides, pitching in with proposals, the works. With only being a small team, everything’s a bit all hands on deck, so everyone chips in on everything together – it keeps it interesting!

How did you get into consumer insight? Unintentionally! I started out as a Technical Author on a short-term contract when I was fresh out of uni and then just fell in love with the company – when I was offered the opportunity to train as a researcher and stay on with Join the Dots, I jumped at the chance!

Best social occasion at Join the Dots? They’re all a laugh – especially when they go on into the early hours! Whether it’s ending up in a Karaoke bar singing Shania Twain with all the girls or getting way too competitive at our pub quizzes, it’s always a good night.

Where’s the best place for buying lunch in Manchester? Last time I was back in Manchester, my first trip was to the nearest chippy – can’t beat beige food.

And in Singapore? Lau Pa Sat without a doubt – it’s a food centre with really good local food and it’s usually only around $5 (£3). You’re bound to find something you like and it’s always a staple if we have any visitors over!

Where do you see your future at Join the Dots? Honestly? No idea! This time last year I never thought I’d be out here in Singapore, so who knows where I’ll end up?

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