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Video clip:  Helen loves her work. She says that it is a ‘pleasure to get out of bed in the morning’. She thinks that with creative thinking it is possible to combine work with family life.

Do you have any messages for women who are thinking about taking up a career in science?

Do it because it’s fantastic. I absolutely love what I do. It’s a pleasure to get out of bed in the morning. I really think I’ve got the best job in the world and I really love what I do. There’s no doubt at all that it’s very hard and I work very hard and, and long hours. But I think that’s fine because I really do love it. I think it’s important, I believe in it and, and it’s very rewarding. I think it’s about working out how to do what you want to do and how to make it work for you and I’ve always been very clear that if I couldn’t make it work for me, in terms of seeing the children enough, going to school plays, being able to pick them up from the school gate from time to time, not every day but at least some of the time, then I wasn’t going to do it. And I have been able to make it work for me and I think it is about just, you know, either you’re a PI or you have some independence. At which point you just make it work for you, or you talk to your boss if you’re working for someone and you, you work out a way to make it work. Because I think if you’re good then it’s in your boss’s interests to keep you on and to make you happy. So it is just about being creative and trying to make it work. 

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