Having always had an interest in drug development, Sophie Harrison chose to study BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Central Lancashire as the course offered “anatomy understanding as well as pharmacokinetics”, and at the time she was unsure of which career path to take.
Following graduation in 2017, Sophie got a job working as a Clinical Trial Assistant at MAC Clinical Research in Manchester. Her duties included performing phase 1 clinical trials, laboratory work and clinical work – analysis, blood sampling, venepuncture, ECG and EEGs. Since then, she has transferred to the Blackpool site where she now works in late phase studies as a Study Coordinator.
“I previously worked in a pharmacy dispensing drugs, it gave me an interest in the mode of action of drugs on the body” Sophie said. “I found the Drugs from Discovery to Use and Abuse module the most interesting therefore my degree helped me choose a career path.”
Undoubtedly her greatest achievement since graduating, Sophie quickly became a Lead Clinical Trial Assistant on a diabetes study within her first three months at MAC. The UCLan alumna says the skills gained at University definitely helped shape her early career.
She explained: "My degree increased my confidence. It made me realise where I wanted to go in life and gave me lifelong friends. I know I could still email my lecturers with any queries and they’d still be happy to help. Whenever I come back to UCLan, I always say hello to my lecturers and I am so glad to see them again.”
Sophie also had important advice for any students and recent graduates. She said: “take your time when discovering your interests”. Sophie took to LinkedIn to see different career paths and to ask for advice from current employees from various companies.
She said: “Don’t rush into choosing a career path, it took me until my final year of University to find my passion. Apply as soon as you have an interest and show passion in the interview!”
22 June 2020