1. Can you tell us a little bit about your role at LBS?
I work in one of the seven Subject Areas in the School and my role is split into two parts. The first involves providing full secretarial and administrative support to my assigned faculty members who have different needs in terms of support. The second involves dealing with the administration of courses delivered by faculty members (for example the Marketing Core, Brand Management, Pricing Strategy amongst others) and this includes preparing copyright cleared materials, organising of speakers, AV requirements and administration during all courses, as well as dealing with the assessment side of things afterwards!
2. What does your typical work day look like?
I am quite an early bird as I commute from Kent, so I am often in the office around 08.10 each day. While my computer warms up, I make a cup of tea or make my morning porridge. If a course is happening I'll often be around for any last minute requirements such as printing or meeting guests at Sainsbury Reception and escorting them to the Lecture Theatre. By around 08:45 things have settled down and I take time to look through all my emails and catch up on the Campus news on Portal or through any emails that have come in. My mornings can heavily depend on if I have a course running or not, if a course is running I’ll have various admin tasks to deal with such as recording attendance and contribution scores, or updating Canvas with new materials such as session slides. If a course isn’t running them I am often prepping for one, so I will be working through the outline and buying/preparing copyright cleared materials, producing some printed course materials or adding the full course to Canvas. The mornings can certainly vary and before I know it lunch has arrived. I am not known for doing much during my lunch breaks but I will go out for a walk or wander down to Marylebone High Street (my favourite area) to get some fresh air. The afternoons often consist of more admin related tasks such as dealing with invoices and expenses, again going through any emails that have come through and going back to deal with course related admin. Courses range from a single block week to 10 weeks, and with different courses happening at the same time I can often work on several at the same time. This all keeps me going until 16.30 when I clock off and head back to the station for my train home.
3. Where is your favourite place in London and why?
I love London, there is so much to see and do. I have quite a few favourite places but my overall favourite has to be Covent Garden. My husband and I always include it when we head into London for the day. The market is amazing and there is always so much going on. Plus there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants there too.
4. What is top of your bucket list?
I have been lucky enough to go to some amazing places over the years. My previous bucket list trip was to Hawaii which I did back in 2013 as part of my honeymoon! My next location would be Australia, as I suspect it may be a good few years before I am able to go there.
5. Who would play you in the film of your life?
I will be honest, I have never thought about this until now, but I think someone like Anne Hathaway would be pretty good as I can relate a lot to her in her films and she has a great sense of humour and smiles a lot, like me :)
6. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Oh this is a hard one…I would definitely love to have Kate (the Duchess of Cambridge) there to see if she is as nice in real life as she seems on TV! I would also have James Cordon as he is hilarious and would make everyone laugh, Jon Bon Jovi as I love his music, and my two Grandads as I never knew them growing up.
7. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To just go out there and enjoy it! We only have one life and its short enough as it is! Personal sadness and tragedy over the last few years has shown me that there is no point waiting to do things, go out and make the memories while you can!
8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
For sure this has to be my degree. After a couple of false starts I finally committed to my degree in BSc (Hons) International Studies back in 2009 with the Open University, and London Business School kindly sponsored me for this as part of my Personal Development Plan. After 6 long years working full time and studying part time I finally finished in July 2015 with a 2:1 so I was really happy with that.
9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
To be your own person and be happy. Again life is too short. You will never be perfect, may never achieve all the things you had set out to do but each day gives you the chance to try something new or try again if you have failed. Its corny but I think it’s helped me keep a positive outlook on life.
10. Tell us something surprising about you
Both of my parents were in the Royal Navy and when I was younger as part of my time with the Sea Cadets I spent the weekend working on HMS Chatham (a Batch 3 Type 22 frigate) as it sailed from Portsmouth back to Chatham where it was docked for a period of time for the local community to come on board and look at it. I slept in the quarters and was able to take part in the activities on board and see what happens on a ship. When the ship came into dock at Chatham I was able to stand on the deck in full uniform with the rest of the crew with my parents watching. It was a great experience but definitely convinced me a full time career in the Navy wasn’t for me!
Thanks Laura! If you'd like to be interviewed for Life@LBS then please email us and we'll fire some questions your way!