What is your current Job Title or Role?
Chemistry student at Plymouth University
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Be confident, ignore stereotypes and stick with your 'I can' attitude. The world really is your oyster and what was once a closed door becomes a corridor full of open doors!
How did you get to where you are today?
I began working as a faculty teaching assistant in a Science department of a local secondary school. I fell in love with Science and was eager to share that love with the students I supported, as my thirst to know more has deepened I made the decision to bravely give up work and embark on my degree pathway with an ambition to qualify as a Chemistry teacher.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
Currently I am enjoying the new challenge of deepening my knowledge of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Outside of my timetabled lectures, workshops and practicals I spend a number of hours doing private study as well as study with peers.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
A young lady whom I was deployed to teach at home due to illness. She inspired me with her very own thirst to question everything around her, she spoke with such passion and knowledge that I wanted some of the action for myself.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The fresh challenges and making my brain work. Since beginning my degree I have been overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge accumulated in such a short space of time. Meeting other people with a shared passion for the subject further deepens my desires for more knowledge.
What do you like to do outside work?
When I am not studying, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am married and have six children aged 24, 22, 19, 17, 8 and 5, I also have three grandchildren aged 3, 2 and 9 months, so my life can be very hectic. I enjoy walking the family dog (Gizmo) which helps clear my head! We are regular visitors to National Trust properties and enjoy getting back to nature, we have recently secured an allotment plot and I am looking forward to developing the plot and growing my own fruit and vegetables.