Throughout the pandemic, Mark has spoken candidly about the role we play in STEM and how our purpose has never felt more relevant or important than it does today.

After receiving his first vaccine jab, he reached out to our 3,000 people across 15 countries globally to share his experience of our purpose in action. And inspire all of us to continue the valuable work we do every day.

Mark Dorman said: “This year marks our 35th anniversary. For three and a half decades, we’ve had a front row seat to the limitless possibilities of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The talented people we place, and the companies we work with, are tackling some of the most complex global issues like fighting climate change, developing vaccines, and creating the technologies of tomorrow.

We’ve always understood the value of STEM, and the impact it has on our everyday lives. But in the midst of the pandemic, the work that we do has felt even more important. I’m so proud of the part we play by bringing skilled people together to build the future.

Normally when I talk about seeing our purpose in action, I reference examples of where we’re changing lives with rewarding careers or enabling the world’s biggest brands to be leaders in their fields. Last week, I got to experience our purpose in action. I had my first Covid-19 vaccine.

It’s an honour to have worked alongside BioNTech and supported them with their Covid-19 vaccine discovery. The development of all vaccines against this life-threatening virus is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of our lifetime, and a testament to the amazing power of STEM.

One of the few silver linings of the pandemic has been a newfound understanding and appreciation for STEM – not just in Life Sciences, but across all sectors. And with this, we’re seeing even more demand for STEM expertise and skills as well as flexible working. That’s where we fit in as experts in people.

I’m excited about the prospect of the next 35 years, and beyond, and seeing how we support the next generation of life-changing, history-making advancements in STEM.

On a personal note, the vaccination shot was quick and painless. It’s a relief to know I’m a step closer to being able to see more of my friends, family and colleagues. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to get vaccinated too, if it feels like the right thing for you.”