What is your current Job Title or Role?
Digital Engagement Coordinator
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Firstly you have to go with what you love and be lead by what you are most passionate about. Motivation and drive cannot be taught and be infectious in your enthusiasm for your career. Secondly, develop your own relevance for your industry. Working primarily in the heritage sector my aim was always to stay employable. This approach has lead me to a fantastic job which I love and has protected me against redundancy and supported my competitiveness.
How did you get to where you are today?
I started with a degree in Contemporary Fine Art. This gave me the tools of investigation, digital representation, visual presentation and story telling. After graduating I worked for galleries, social history museums and archives in the role of collections and archive assistant. I fell in love with preventive conservation and the processes of digitisation. I realised that the heritage sector was starting to see digital technology as increasingly important in the ways it protects and advocates for its collections. I trained in photographic digitisation and progressed to collections and digitisation officer. I started my own photographic digitisation business in 2012 and continued to develop my knowledge for online engagement and business reach.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
Today I work at Telegraph Museum Porthcurno to deliver online content across the museum's social media platforms also coordinating volunteer projects and digital engagement. I work with digital partners across the county to delivery career development for those looking for a career in heritage or digital sectors. As the museum's Data Protection Manager I audit information systems and manage rights and permissions for those inside and outside the organisation. I also manage and coordinate our digital assets for online communication.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I have always loved systems, organising information, problem-solving and digital technologies. It happened quite naturally through my own dynamic approach to self and business management, collections management and creative and visual approaches.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the flexibility to work in very different ways. My role requires great dexterity in the type of task from one minute to the next. I enjoy working creatively, logically, and systematically on tasks from data processing, writing strategy, ideas generation, audience development, business development, design, social listening, change management, project design and development, events planning and information management. Moving around keeps me interested and I get to work across teams, looking inwardly and out to our audiences.
What do you like to do outside work?
Life outside works takes the form of family time with my two young daughters and husband. We constantly road trip around the county making the most of Cornwall's natural beauty, varied history and amazing food. When I do get time to myself I squeeze in a bit of horse riding, singing, gardening, drawing and reading.