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Henry Evans - Project Analyst in Corporate Resources


Company Name: Cancer Research UK

Location: Angel Building, London

Henry - Cancer Research UK  

After graduating, I worked initially in the private sector for a corporate conference company, but although I enjoyed the work I found the environment demotivating. I then tried working in administration in healthcare and then for a homelessness charity; it was great to feel I was making a difference, but I craved more challenging work and greater development opportunities.

The Cancer Research UK graduate scheme offers training, support, and a broad range of stretching, challenging experiences, while offering graduates the chance to make a difference to an incredibly worthwhile cause. For me, that was an unbeatable combination. “I’m helping to beat cancer” – how about that for a reason to get up on a Monday morning?

 

On my final placement on the Cancer Research UK Graduate Scheme I was working on the charity’s high profile Stratified Medicine Programme (which is seeking to improve genetic testing in the NHS while collecting valuable research data). To enable the team to think about progress made over the first year of the programme and to focus on upcoming challenges, I organized a team away day for us to discuss and reflect on these areas.

As part of this, I arranged for a cancer patient to speak to the team about the impact that genetic testing and personalised medicine had had on them. They told us about their personal fight for personalised medicine testing, and how the test and subsequent access to a targeted drug had transformed their quality of life and given them vital extra months or even years to live. Their story was deeply moving and truly inspirational.

Now I’ve moved on from the graduate scheme, their story has stayed with me and made me realise that by all of us working together – patients, doctors, researchers and all of us at Cancer Research UK – we really are stronger than cancer. While I am back working on the corporate side of the charity, I know that I am using my skills to make a vital contribution to the collective fight against cancer, which is hugely rewarding.

 


 

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