5 minutes with Kathryn Harrop

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Kathryn Harrop is one of four graduates who is taking part in Macmillan’s pioneering graduate scheme with the British Heart Foundation. We caught up with Kathryn for this week’s ‘5 minutes with…’ to find out how she’s settling in after her first month and what brought the former French and German student to Macmillan.

How did you hear about the graduate scheme?

I actually stumbled across it whilst browsing The Guardian Jobs section during an English lesson that I was teaching in Switzerland. As soon as I got home that night, I set to work preparing my answers to the competency questions and updating my CV. Being able to gain work experience in two fantastic charities truly is a unique opportunity and I feel very fortunate to be on the scheme.

Why did you want to work at Macmillan?

My primary motivation for working for a cancer charity comes from personal experience. That’s why I’m very much interested in the Living With And Beyond Cancer project here. Yet despite all the negatives that cancer has inevitably brought to my family, I’m glad that I can use my experience and understanding of cancer in a positive way here at Macmillan. I find working for a charity whose ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and inspire millions of others to do the same incredibly motivating.

How have you found your first few weeks?

Varied. I don’t think I’ve had one day so far where I haven’t completed a workshop, attended an induction or shadowed a colleague. There’s a lot to learn, with many new processes and programmes but I hugely appreciate the extent of learning opportunities and training here at Macmillan. My team are definitely a huge highlight for me, as they continue to be extremely welcoming and patient (and often provide great snacks).

Of all the challenge events, which one appeals to you the most and why?

I’d like to ‘tri’ a Triathlon. However, given that my most recent run was a so-called fun run of 5k back in 2011, I’ve got a long way to go until I’m in the same league as my much fitter Challenge Events colleagues.