Jill (charity)

A Research graduate from the department of Animal & Microbial Sciences, Jill is the Deputy Head of a Division of an animal welfare charity. The job involves providing technical information and advice for staff in the organisation, consulting with government departments and liaising with University and other researches with whom the organisation has research contracts. She also meets with the farming community and other interested groups and with members of the public. The organisation has observer status at the European Parliament and Jill attends parliamentary sessions and consults with the European Commission. Part of her responsibility is also to provide comments for the press and other media and she writes articles for specialist journals and some times for newspapers. Jill researches and writes reports for the organisation and welfare standards for animal husbandry. She also manages a team of two administrators and five field officers.

Knowledge of farming and animal husbandry methods and their effects on animal welfare underpin a variety of skills and personal qualities which are essential for the job. These skills include interpersonal skills, being articulate and persuasive, being able to think on your feet, resilience and the ability to work under pressure, good planning and time management skills and the ability to make decisions and prioritise effectively.

Job search

  • Published vacancy (New Scientist magazine)
  • Follow up letter when no response was received

Application

  • Submitted application form and CV
  • Interview with panel of three people

Keys to success

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Articulate
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Time management
  • Commitment
  • Relevant knowledge

Benefits of PhD

  • Project planning
  • Time management and organisation skills
  • Report writing
  • Professional credibility

Future options

  • Has achieved senior status within current employer
  • Job still offers interest and fulfilment

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