• Google Places - Black Circle
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle

Laura bradshaw

Senior consultant, EY Seren

The STEM fields are advancing our society faster than ever before, if you want to solve the world's biggest problems then studying STEM will put you at the heart of solving those problems. 

What do you do?

I advise large technology, media and telecommunication companies how to be more relevant and deliver frictionless, personalised experiences to their customers in order to deliver market leading organic growth. I focus my time on taking clients from the journey from 'why' to 'what' to 'how'. My role is split across product management and technology architecture and I specialise in how technology is a key enabler to delivering this change.

Why did you choose this field?

My family have always been STEM focussed mostly around maths and technology. I loved science at school and understanding how things work, so much so I did a Neuroscience and Chemistry degree. However, technology and the application to the business world gradually interested me more and more. I did a brief summer at EY Seren and saw how management consultants were at the forefront helping the world respond to our changing society and deliver meaningful change. I joined straight after university and have spent 3 years advising clients on delivering complex digital transformation programmes to solve customer needs. The rest is history!

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Being told “women don’t do science” at secondary school and then taking a risk to study Neuroscience and Chemistry at a leading science university, UCL. I didn’t know then I’d graduate with a Upper Seconds Class honours. Goes to show that anyone can do anything even when the world can feel like it’s against you.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I’m analytical at heart and I love to build things, working in STEM gives me the opportunity to be both a designer and a builder. I wake up looking forward to contributing to the technology revolution that is happening all around us every day and I know that future generations will learn about this the same way I learned about the internet and .com boom.

Best advice for the next generation

The STEM fields are advancing our society faster than ever before, if you want to solve the world’s biggest problems (climate change, aging population, sustainable production, AI) then studying STEM will put you at the heart of solving those problems for individuals, organisations, governments and our global society.

Role model 

My role model is Serena Williams. She is courageous, measured and even when the world is against her, she outperforms her competitors time and time again with a smile on her face. She’s second to none in being an advocate for a “you can do it” attitude and that anything is possible with determination. What an inspiration for women in any walk of life.