The GiST is interviewing women who are doing creative and innovative things in STEM in Australia right now. Take a look at the latest interviews below.
Dr Cathy Foley
Australia’s Chief Scientist
You don’t have to be Einstein’s cousin to do science subjects. All you need is a knack for asking questions, thinking about how to solve problems, and perseverance. That’s the same for any job really – stick with it and you will get there.
Commit to learning and reflecting on what energises and drains you. Developing a strong sense of self, and finding the intersection of the things you’re good at, the things you enjoy doing, and the things the world needs and will pay you for will keep your skillset adaptable and future ready.
Build up a support crew of people that will stand by you and encourage you, people who will lovingly let you know when you’re wrong, people who look nothing like you and people who have different life experiences to you.
Science Communicator and extraordinary Astrophysicist
I find it’s really helpful to remember WHY you want to do what you want to do. Why do you love science? Why do you want to achieve that particular goal? If you remember the ‘why’, that will motivate you to keep going and smashing those challenges!
Looking back, I can now see that a lot of my choices were, in many ways, unusual. For example, I was the first in my family to be interested in studying computer science. I was also the first to want to pursue my bachelors abroad. In high school, I decided to take the ‘path less travelled’.
Co-founder, producer and host of popular tech and gaming podcast Queens of the Drone Age.
You know more than you think you do and you’re more capable than you believe. If it doesn’t feel that way it's only because others underestimate you. Other women aren’t your competition either — they are your allies. Help each other, support each other, and lift each other up. Success isn’t a zero-sum game. You’ll also find yourself making good friends along the way!
I loved maths in school, but I wasn’t sure what kind of job I could get with that. I wanted an exciting job but, in my mind, everything related to maths sounded so boring. When I finished high school, I didn’t know what to study – I thought engineering was only about big machines and working in a man’s world.