Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones

Name: Rebecca Jones

Job title: Analyst

Company: Accenture

Country: UK
A-levels: Maths, Further Maths, Physics
University: University College London (UCL)

Deciding on a path

I originally applied to UCL to study natural sciences because I really enjoyed studying the sciences and maths, but didn’t want to pick between them. As it turned out, I couldn’t study natural sciences as I didn’t have chemistry/biology at A-level.

I then got an offer from the physics department and decided to study theoretical physics, but within the first year I realised I wanted to study something that was more applied. Through research, I saw biochemical engineering - an applied subject that’s a mix of biology, chemistry, maths and even had options to take business and management modules, which I opted for. I realised it was a perfect fit and asked to be transferred.

From engineering to consultancy 

My favourite modules were those that were biology-based. I also really liked the business and management modules. While at university, I was a summer scholar for a regenerative medicine NGO. I love learning and carrying out research and still think I will return to education at some point in my career, but I’m enjoying the experience of working and doing something a bit different for now. I went for consulting so I could try a number of different roles.

As a consultant, a typical day varies depending on the project I’m assigned to. At the moment, I’m on an internal project researching emerging technologies. That means I’m based in London and I spend most of the day researching - either for internal purposes or to fulfil client requests. Everything I research is bleeding-edge technology, which is really interesting to me, as it’s stuff that won’t have been seen on the market yet, but could be available in the near future.

My last role was as a change analyst for a life sciences client that was rolling out a new app to their sales reps. This involved attending regular team meetings to get updates on the project, evaluating how this might affect the change management plan, creating content (videos, emails, graphics) for end-users to inform them of timelines and what the app could do.