Hi, my name is Nick and I am a Clinical Trials Coordinator for the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Birmingham. I have been involved in both early-phase and late-phase clinical trials in various fields for the last 3 years after previously having worked at the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit. I am also currently undertaking a part-time master’s degree in Chemistry.
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the Careers Network Mentoring Scheme as both a mentor as well as a mentee. As a result, I have experienced both sides of the scheme which can be extremely beneficial when mentoring someone as you know how it feels being at their end.
The 2021/22 academic year was my first ever year that I participated on the scheme as a mentor and due to COVID all my meetings with my mentees were online instead of in person. I usually spent 1-2 meetings trying to get to know my mentee and understand their interests as well as what they aim to get out of the scheme. During this time, I also introduced myself and what I do as well as how I plan to work with them going forward.
A common theme with all my mentees has been the importance of acquiring work experience during university as well as identifying potential avenues for the future whether that would be pursuing further studies or a career in a field of interest.
I always try to encourage my mentees to identify their strengths, weaknesses, interests and skills to help them make informed decisions about their future.
I thoroughly enjoyed being able to share my insights and advice with my mentees and I was delighted when all of them were able to secure relevant work experience to their chosen future careers.
How can you support students and graduates through the mentoring scheme?
I can support you through the Careers Networking Mentoring Scheme by giving you an insight into careers in medical research and clinical trials, as well as supporting you with applying for work experience opportunities, creating your CV and making informed decisions for future career choices. I also hope to be able to pass some of my knowledge and/or expertise that I acquired over the years and help you avoid similar mistakes.