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Lorraine Morley

Lorraine Morley
Lorraine Morley (MBA 2005-08) has spent the last 10 years in recruitment in a variety of senior roles and directorships at the business she founded in 2003. When she's not doing that she writes her own blog with the aim of trying out, writing about and rating the things that people say they'd like to do but haven't quite gotten around to.

Lorraine Morley

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When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I can’t remember having any real career plan so I rang my Mother and asked her. Apparently when I was about ten and for a few years I said I wanted to be a doctor. Probably as a consequence of getting the game ‘Operation’ for Christmas one year. I didn’t end up being a doctor but in 2008 I did some medical training and went out to Namibia as a medical volunteer doing HIV and AIDS awareness research among the indigenous Bushmen. I suppose that’s associated. But in reality I am doing exactly what I should be doing and that is running a business. I need that freedom to make my own decisions.

What was the best careers advice you were given?

Ultimately that we all have the career we want and to take responsibility for our own life. I saw an interesting article in a magazine once about self-actualisation. It suggested there were three steps to achieve something:

  1. Decide what you want;
  2. Decide why you want it;
  3. Decide what you are prepared to pay for it (that might be an investment in time or effort rather than money).

I have always found this a simple but effective way to help me prioritise things in my career and life and keep me on track.

Describe yourself in three words

Adventurous, Curious, Thoughtful

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

I run my own company so making money at the moment!
Thinking of ways to keep my clients happy and to keep my company name at the top of their phone list.
Keeping focused and disciplined when I really have to THINK about stuff that’s hard.

What have you done that you are most proud of

I suppose getting a Distinction in my MBA and then being offered a fully funded PhD. I am also very proud of my Harley Davidson.

What drives you?

Knowing that life is short and wanting to look back and feel in some way that I have made a difference. That I have not just been a net taker from life.

What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?

A better backhand volley.

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?

  1. A tool kit;
  2. An emergency flare;
  3. A never ending supply of pencils and paper so that I can write the novel that is itching to get out.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?

Retired (I will be 59) but still going to very interesting places around the world and then writing about them. A replacement for Dervla Murphy, the esteemed travel writer. Perhaps….

How would you like to be remembered?

With fondness but also as an interesting and successful woman who was her own person.

What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?

I love learning. Never happier than in the library. I was slightly in awe of the thousands of years worth of knowledge that was just a page turn away. I could sit at a desk in the library and be totally absorbed into the world of Aristotle or Richard Dawkins or Schumpeter. Blew my mind. Still does.

Do you have any advice for new graduates?

The three years you spend on your degree are the springboard to your future. Have fun, but strive for a First. Doors will swing open for you if you get one.

Anything else you would like to add?

Benjamin Franklin said “an investment in knowledge always yields the best interest”. Education and knowledge is the world’s strongest currency.

Lorraine Morley: the facts
Age: 49 (just)
Lives: Near Leicester
Education: MBA, final year PhD. PG Dip in Positive Psychology.
Career: Nat West Bank 1980 – 1991
Partner in bar and restaurant chain 1991 – 2000
Self-employed business owner 2000 to date
Interests: Travel, adventure, photography, learning and education