Meet Hannah Cheales, Scientist, as she tells her story.
My twin sister is a physicist. She had a job here at NPL and she was really enjoying it. There was a job going up in her area in microwaves and RF measurement and I applied. I got promoted in April 2020 to Research Scientist and worked the whole way through lockdown. I spent that time largely on my own in shielded labs and it made me have a rethink of my prospects.
Being a woman in STEM was really difficult. Typically, in the Biological Sciences, it's overwhelmingly female, yet still we're completely underrepresented in terms of the funding paths or appreciation. Within geology, it's quite difficult getting into the field. As a female, particularly if you're going to more remote areas, there’s so much more that you have to think about.
You don’t have to enjoy every part of your job, but enjoying the main aspects of your job is really, really important.
There have been times where I've had to put my health first or had to take a step back, and that doesn't make me less of a scientist to have to do that.
It’s been a bit of a weird and wonderful path, but I'm enjoying where I am at the moment.