Messages for others thinking about a career in science
Video clip: Christine believes that it is an exciting time to be a clinical scientist. She thinks it is important to have a number of interests both at work and outside work.
Well I think that there are a lot of options. I think it’s an exciting time to be a clinician scientist. I certainly feel spoilt for choice in terms of opportunities and I hope that that’s the experience of many other women who are trying to do what I’m, what I’m doing or what I’m trying to do as well. So I think it’s encouraging that there are a lot of opportunities, so I’d say that the first thing is be aware that there are lots of options, and try to make the most of them, try to choose what suits you. Don’t be afraid to seek out opportunities to do what you want to do. I’d also say that it’s a journey and you can’t always plan everything and so be flexible. And in terms of your project, don’t just focus on one thing. Try to have a range of interests, I found that that served me well because you don’t know what’s going to be the next big thing in the future and what’s going to be exciting. You don’t know where your breakthrough will, will come through. So have a lot of interests and that way it keeps you fresh as well.
And try if possible to do other things outside of work because that’s where you get your refreshment. I try to spend a lot of time with my friends, I try to do sporty things. A lot of my friends are not medical, not scientists and you know it just makes you better rounded I think overall. And it can inspire you to, to do your science differently or your clinical work differently. So I think yeah those would be my main messages. Three, three things.