Earlier this month I caught up with our European pioneer! Martina is our Business Development Manager for Europe.
Martina’s role involves developing European partnerships and expanding job opportunities across a whole range of research and related careers throughout Europe. Our community of job seekers come to us at various stages in their careers and have varied expectations of which post-PhD pathway they want to pursue. For Martina this means working with a diverse range of organisations in Europe – from universities, research-intensive organisation, organisations that provide funding for research, innovation start-ups and related talent-attraction organisations, to ensure that as wide a range of opportunities are available to our audience as possible. Much of Martina’s time is spent in Europe visiting these institutions, getting a feel for the environment, building her understanding of opportunities that they offer, and also the challenges they present in connecting with the research talent.
Martina tells us that working collaboratively with organisations engaged in research (universities, research centres…) and our partner organisations, has been the most productive way of delivering value to our research community, as well as the most enjoyable part of her work. Examples of this work include the development of country profiles, such as the German portal or the Basque Country Profile, and creating live online events (Google+ on Air Hangouts!) covering a range of career-related topics.
When asked how www.jobs.ac.uk has changed during her time here, Martina says that the business has grown quite substantially. The volume of positions we advertise each year has doubled over the last six years, which is fantastic. It means that we can help more aspiring researchers and related professionals find their next venture!
Martina’s fondest memories during her career at jobs.ac.uk have been meeting some of the most fascinating individuals and organisations and having the pleasure of observing their work develop over time, on occasions even contributing in a small way. Those that stood out were the self-organising groups of researchers, such as the Marie Curie Alumni Association or the International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education. These researchers volunteer their time to come together and proactively engage in work that has a real impact on the European research landscape, and on future generations of researchers.
When not at work, Martina loves spending time with her family and taking their dog on long walks in the countryside, usually finishing with some tasty pub food.