• Question: Why did you decide to become what you are?

    Asked by HopeB to Ruth, Rui, Nigel, Katy, Julia, Ian, Hannah, Andrew, Albane on 1 Jul 2021.
    • Photo: Nigel Fisher

      Nigel Fisher answered on 1 Jul 2021: last edited 1 Jul 2021 12:00 pm


      I just feel comfortable as soon as I walk into a woodland. I found my home

    • Photo: Ruth Weir

      Ruth Weir answered on 1 Jul 2021:


      I always just followed my interests. Science…biochemistry…neuroscience…autism…entrepreneurship.
      I didn’t set out to do what I’ve ended up doing, but it’s been an interesting journey.

    • Photo: Julia Miskelly

      Julia Miskelly answered on 2 Jul 2021: last edited 2 Jul 2021 12:26 pm


      I didn’t really decide I wanted to become a Genomics Manger , I rolled in to the field of genomics and loved it, and it progressed from there really. I visited some large well known research centers during my PhD and saw some fabulous facilities so decided to try and help develop the facilities needed at our institute.

    • Photo: Hannah Ladd-Jones

      Hannah Ladd-Jones answered on 2 Jul 2021:


      I never had a plan, and as i’ve continued my career and education i now know that that is OK. At school, I liked biology, and then at university i found out I was really passionate about conservation and the environment so that’s what guided my studying and since then everything has fallen into place!
      I didn’t decide what to become, but i knew what i liked and I applied for jobs that offered that. I’m working now and I still don’t have a plan!

    • Photo: Rui Gonçalves

      Rui Gonçalves answered on 7 Jul 2021: last edited 7 Jul 2021 10:13 am


      I didn’t. Life brought me here, but it was not totally random. Different decisions you make may stir your life/career path in different directions.

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