What a Women for Women workshop taught me about storytelling

two women chatting

Yesterday I attended a workshop titled “How to shine at an interview”, which was jointly organized by Women for Women workshop Finland, Women of Aalto and EITWomen. And while the interview tips were not really new to me, the format and exchange with the other participants inspired me greatly and led to an surprising insight. But let’s start from the beginning.

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What drives you in life?

hiker in Norway

With the end of the PhD studies coming closer I believe it’s a natural step to start asking yourself, what you want to do with the rest of your life. I certainly realized that, in order to find a job that truly excites me and with all the supposed opportunities awaiting talented women scientists, I had to first determine my passion and purpose.

What is purpose?

– I asked myself. Is it wanting to save the world? Sure, I recycle my waste, don’t drive a car and work to develop new concepts for drug delivery, but are all my decisions informed by a deep rooting desire to save the planet and its inhabitants. To be honest, not all. Continue reading “What drives you in life?”

Why science blogging?

I have been entertaining the thought of building my own website for a very long time now. In fact, at the age of about 10 years my uncle – studying information technology at the time – gave me a 500 pages thick book about coding in HTML, which led to me building skeletons of websites, but with no content to share… Fast-forward about 20 years and here I am, writing my very first blog post on my own site. So what encouraged me to finally give it a go? Continue reading “Why science blogging?”