What Paula has learned from her career experiences
What have I learned from my personal experiences? Choose your goals wisely – be consistent with them and make a plan that matches your own situation. In other words, context matters. For example, I wish to be involved in several groups after my PhD, such as Young Water Professionals (YWP), Young Professional in Mining (YPM), and Young Science Ambassadors (YSA). Maybe you have already recognised the pattern? All of these groups target professionals under the age of 35.
In summary, I believe being open and honest to yourself about the persistent internal challenges in your life. Although it’s not easy, it requires self-analysis to answer critical questions. However, I am part of the STEM culture, where growth and progress come from asking challenging questions of the world around us and in my experience of the world within us.