What is your current Job Title or Role?
Senior Environment Specialist - Offshore Wind
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Try to do as much work experience as possible in a variety of environments to try and get a feel for what suits you (and don't necessarily listen to what people say you "should" do). I wasn't aware of the less conventional careers while at school and it is only from talking to various different people and doing a lot of research that I began to find careers that inspired me.
How did you get to where you are today?
Having done a Geography undergraduate degree, I was unsure what to do next. I knew that I had loved the Marine elements of the Batchelors degree and began researching careers in that area. The Applied Marine Science MSc at Plymouth University grabbed my attention and I applied for the following year. Following this I applied for a range of entry level roles and ended up getting an environmental role with an offshore wind farm developer.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I am working on the development of a large offshore windfarm and am responsible for a number of marine environmental topics including marine ecology, marine processes and birds. My work includes managing assessments and surveys to understand potential impacts, stakeholder engagement, following industry research and attending scientific conferences.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I had some very encouraging and inpiring lecturers at Plymouth University while undertaking my Masters degree. Their enthusiasm and support encouraged me to pursue a career in the area of Marine Science.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the variety of my role and its challenging nature. It is also very motivating to know that the end goal is to increase renewable energy production, something that is becoming increasingly important.
What do you like to do outside work?
I try to get outside as much as possible. I enjoy surfing, skiing, cycling and yoga.