Karrie L.

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About me

Karrie L.
Taught Postgraduate
Hong Kong

My employment

United Kingdom
Large business (250+ employees)

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A day in the life of a Analyst in the United Kingdom

How I looked for work


Finding work in the UK

It was hard to find my first job, because of the challenging market at the end of 2008. Also, my visa only allowed me to work for 1 year, so I had to start at the very low level to build up my CV and experience.

How I found out about the job


How my visa affected the recruitment process

It affected it a lot, I can't apply for the Graduate scheme and I need to extend the contract every year so that I was only able to pick up fixed term contract.

My career goals when I graduated

I wanted to do something within healthcare using numeracy/Maths.

My career history

I worked in NHS between 2009 and 2016, I was promoted 5 times before I left. I then got headhunted to a consultancy company that worked for NHS.

What has helped my career to progress

Keep learning and never be afraid to ask, never be afraid to try. Look for someone who you think can help you and learn from them

Courses taken since graduation

Another part time Masters in Statistics and also some Management and Programming training.

What surprised me about my career so far

People are often afraid to speak up and afraid to be driven, no questions are stupid, if you don't understand something, just ask for classification, there is no right or wrong answer.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I would like able to use math/data to influence any decision making. I wish to be an very senior position within the company.

My advice to international students looking for work in the UK

Sometimes, you may think it is unfair that why without the visa, the job offer can be so different, I would say, take all the chances that are in front of you, and when you have more experience in the industry, you can have more power to choose what you want to do.

My advice to students considering work

Do not be afraid to start at a lower level, and work your way up.

Contacting me

I am happy to answer any questions and just be a mentor to listen to any issues.

What I do

Healthcare Analyst Consultant

Skills I use and how I developed them

I enjoy working with numbers and like different programming.

What I like most

Using data/number to influence the healthcare policy decision making and helping others with something I am good at.

What I like least

Writing long documents

What surprised me most

Not many people understand maths like us, and we have to help translating Maths into English and so that everyone can understand the figures better

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