So I moved back to Canada and became a business analyst, leveraging my military intelligence analyst experience and applied it to another field. Although researching foreign military armament was very interesting, working for Medicago is also extremely rewarding. I now research the human body’s arsenal against viruses: the immune system, vaccines and the companies making them. I have learned so much since I started at Medicago in October 2019, just before the pandemic, and feel very fortunate to work alongside such talented and scientifically focussed individuals.
On top of your busy job, you have young twin daughters and you’re working on a PhD, how do you manage to juggle all this?
Outside of working hours, I work towards completing my PhD in psychology. It’s a long-haul part-time endeavour, but I hope to finish in the next couple of years. With full-time employment and two young daughters, time is the rarest resource! Although not gifted at math, I figured out years ago that other than working way faster, the only way to have more time was to sleep less. So I usually only sleep 6 hours a night so I can work on my thesis a bit every morning before my daughters wake up and before work. Evenings and weekends are dedicated to family time. Work hard, play hard!
Your careers have been marked by rather masculine work environments.
Yes, both my careers have been male-dominated (in the case of the military) and predominantly male (in the science field). I was never easily intimidated and often did not take notice I was a minority as a female officer. I have two mottos: 1. What is worth doing is worth doing well (and that starts with making your bed in the morning!); and 2. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it (sometimes the best rewards are for those who dare and try a little harder). As such, I work hard, prepare well, exert confidence, and try to be the best I could be in my profession. Not to prove myself to others, but to maintain my professional worth and improve my own performance.