At the beginning of December 2020, Eidos Consulting were privileged to welcome Lauren to our growing team. We thought it would be great to formally welcome Lauren to the team, and to take the chance to give you some insight into our new team member, what she does for the company, and what she is looking forward to in the upcoming year.
Hi Lauren! Tell us a bit about what you do at Eidos Consulting..
As the new E-Learning and Digital Content Creator for Eidos Consulting, I primarily support the team with the development of their clients’ bespoke, branded and interactive e-Learning content.
For now, I’m assisting with the development of current and upcoming e-learning modules, writing blogs and I am hopefully going to be looking after our much-valued client feedback. Eidos has so much to offer, and as a growing business, I’m excited to be a part of the process!
What attracted you to the role, and what are your first impressions of working at Eidos Consulting?
With a background in media production, I have spent the past 8 years specialising in Marketing and Internal Communications. I’ve worked closely with customers and internal teams across variety of business sectors, such as education and manufacturing, as well as specific industry service providers such as telecoms, IT solutions and commercial print. When my previous role (specifically Internal Comms) came to an end as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I took the opportunity for to review my career and where I was headed.
Staff training and development played a huge part of my last company’s values system, and I found it so incredibly rewarding to be part of that process, working with their L&D team and external training providers to encourage over 400 nationwide staff to participate in not just compulsory but also optional e-learning opportunities, especially as they were now working from home. For me, it was so satisfying and rewarding to help test and launch the courses and workshops, purpose-built for staff to work towards personal goals, promotions and recognition within the business. This was ultimately the decider for my next steps.
The prospect of a career change was a bit daunting, but if my experiences could still be drawn upon, I thought I would give it a shot – in any case it was more of a career shift than a real start-over. It clicked with me before I even started, as I found the task I was set as part of the interview stage (to design a mock-up e-learning module) to be rather enjoyable and I knew straight away that I wanted to do this from now on. Eidos recognised that while I have yet to learn the ropes in e-learning, a bridge between my old career and my new one did in fact exist. Now that I am here, the best thing about the role that I too can develop my skills and knowledge base, while helping other to develop theirs.
What excites you about your role? What are you looking forward to getting involved in?
I love a bit of diversity, and as content creation is at the heart of everything I do, my new role as E-Learning Content Creator ticks all the boxes. I enjoy working on a multitude of different projects, with different people, who have different goals. We have a lot of exciting projects on the cards in 2021, and with the current high demand for e-learning in pretty much every business sector nationwide, I expect to be keeping busy! Along the way, I can expect to learn a lot, but I look forward to embracing the challenge. I’m confident it will make the best use of my experience to date and will apply to my core interests.
Finally tell us a bit about you – what are your hobbies and what does 2021 have in store for you?
2021 is going to be a pivotal point in my career; I am facing new challenges and opportunities which I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to. This change of pace feels like it was long overdue, but at the same time, I really value my professional experiences as I believe they have really helped me along the way, giving me the confidence to work with a whole variety of industries and experts within them, and I’ve always been guaranteed an interesting and educational experience! My goal for 2021 is to refine myself within the role, gain solid experience by and this time next year (while I can only wish to be a millionaire) I at the very least hope to have established myself well within the business.
Outside of work, I like to keep busy. I enjoy being outdoors, something that unfortunately has been quite limited to us all in recent times. Once lockdown is a thing of the past, I’d like to get back into a few old hobbies, such as photography, horse riding and archery. It’s also on my bucket list to visit as many castles and ruins as possible; next on the list, Tintagel in Cornwall (and as a keen but very much novice gardener, I plan to stop by at the Eden Project en route for some inspiration!).