I really enjoy doing the background research. I love learning new things, so getting my hands on an interview to transcribe, or looking at a new disease detection method really makes my day. The fact that I can take my dog into work is a huge bonus!
How long have you been with Benchmark?
Since January 2019.
Where were you before and why did you join Benchmark?
I’m originally from Canada, but I’ve moved around a fair bit between Canada and the US as the years have gone by. I wound up in Ireland, largely by accident, when I was 20 and decided to finish university there.
I always enjoyed learning and studying. I found that I had too many interests to just settle into one lane of education! Because of that, I decided to focus more on the general research side of academia in the social sciences. I completed a MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College in Dublin, since it focused on the methodologies behind research and could be applied to multiple fields.
When my husband and I decided to move to the UK, I was excited to put the research skills to use! Benchmark seemed like a great chance for me to learn something new and work with a company that had a positive vision.
Can you describe your role?
I’m based at the Cornbury Park office in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, and I work with the 5m Publishing team, part of Benchmark Knowledge Services. I work with the editors of The Fish Site, The Poultry Site, The Pig Site, and Veterinary Practice to post news, research articles, and help with some of the back-of-house tasks. It’s a varied role and gives me plenty of opportunities to learn about what’s happening in the field – or barn, actually.
What’s your favourite part of the role?
I really enjoy doing the background research. I love learning new things, so getting my hands on an interview to transcribe, or looking at a new disease detection method really makes my day. The fact that I can take my dog into work with me is also a huge bonus!
What’s your biggest challenge?
So far, my biggest challenge has been transitioning from academic writing to journalistic writing. I keep forgetting that people don’t want to read articles where the paragraphs begin with, ‘Furthermore…’
Tell us about the people you work with
I work with the 5m Publishing team, at the Charlbury office, which is part of Benchmark Knowledge Services. It’s a really fun team to work with, and I love heading in every morning.