Summary: Dr. Helen Russell
Brand Manager Procter & Gamble
School of Chemistry
"I found that doing the PhD really taught me how to rely on myself. I learnt
perseverance, self-motivation and how to plan my workload. This was when I
started to develop the leadership skills that I now use in my career all the time."
Dr Helen Russell left the University of Southampton with a PhD in
Chemistry in 2000. Deciding that research wasn't for her in the long term
and that her organisation and management skills would be well suited to
a marketing role, she joined the Smith & Nephew graduate scheme as a
Marketing Assistant: "I wanted to get a good all round introduction to the
business world having been at Uni for 7 years. I thought that a graduate
scheme would be a good way to do that."
As it goes, the graduate scheme never actually happened, as the
company went through a management buy-out the same month Helen
joined. Instead she had on-the-job training and was quickly promoted to
Assistant Brand Manager: "Turned out marketing was right for me and I
loved being thrown into it!"
Helen joined Procter & Gamble in 2001 as an
Assistant Brand Manager and was involved in the