A young professional forges her future
Almost halfway through her two-year graduate scheme, Charlotte Carpenter reflects on her experience so far.
Q: Tell us about what you studied at university.
Charlotte: I studied biomedical science at Oxford Brookes University and graduated last summer. I knew I wanted to work in healthcare, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. This degree gave me a good foundation. During my first year at university, I spoke to someone who worked in pharmaceuticals. Their work sounded really interesting, so I set myself a path to make this my career.
Q: How did you get started in the graduate scheme at Baxter?
Charlotte: During my university course I did a placement year at Baxter. It was a great experience so when I heard about the Baxter graduate scheme during my final year, I applied and was successful. I was really interested in the Baxter programme because of the scope it offers. It’s a great scheme with four rotations over two years and this very much appealed to me. You don’t get that variation in other companies.
Q: How’s your experience so far?
Charlotte: I am really enjoying my graduate experience so far. It’s very cliché, but the people of Baxter really make it. I am given a lot of responsibility and trust which I really appreciate. You can get involved in so much and tailor your experience to get exposure in the areas you are interested in.
Q: What about the virtual working due to Covid-19, has that been hard?
Charlotte: I’m starting to go into the office now which is nice. Working remotely doesn’t provide as many networking opportunities, but I’ve still gotten a great learning experience. When I’m in the office, I learn so much by simply observing people and seeing how they handle different situations.
Q: What advice would offer other graduates who are thinking about applying?
Charlotte: When you start, it’s important to decide what you want to get out if it - think about the areas you enjoy, the subjects you want to learn more about and seek out those opportunities. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! I’ve had a lot of opportunities because I have asked to get involved.
The networking element is also important, and I would encourage others to reach out to as many people as possible. I often contact people in the company to ask for time because I’m keen to learn more. The answer is always yes.
Q: As an Early Career Professional embarking on your future, what matters to you when looking at roles in companies?
Charlotte: The culture of a company is so critical and at Baxter, it is very clear their mission to Save and Sustain Lives really matters to its employees. The focus is on the patient and this is something that I value.
For my generation, we are all looking for a strong inclusion and diversity focus. The work we do through Baxter’s Business Resource Groups gives me an opportunity to get involved with projects outside my role that is not only fun but also important.
Career progression also matters to my friends and I. When I see the graduates that have come before me and where they are now, I feel like the sky is the limit. If I work hard, I don’t think there is anything stopping me from climbing the ladder, and that is exciting.