Siemens healthineers is a leader in medical technology, offering innovative solutions and services in diagnostics and therapeutic imaging, laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine, as well as digital health and enterprise services. Here, women in roles across the business give their advice on careers within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and talk about what and who inspires them.
Nancy West, Head of Enterprise Services GB&I
I see women every day that are holding down really challenging careers, many with a family too, who are developing and growing all the time and I’m really inspired by that.
One of the most important things is, for young women especially, to see role models in STEM careers that they can aspire to. My biggest piece of advice is once you’ve decided on your chosen career path, just keep going. It might not quite work out the way you want it to, but just keep going and you will get there.
Kelly Bailey, Implementation Specialist GB&I
There is no better time to think about a career in STEM, especially with the future of the world’s health and populations depending on it.
The aspiring scientist, Rosalind Franklin, who contributed to the discovery of the DNA structure through her work with X-ray diffraction has been an inspiration to me throughout my life.
Striking the right work/life balance can be challenging and maintaining it can be hectic, but the Siemens Healthineers work ethic certainly helps. I am lucky, I am a full-time employee and a mum, and I can do both.
Rachel Morris, Head of Technical Operations GB&I
My advice to young women starting their careers would be to find something you enjoy in whatever you do and do not be afraid to change if you really cannot find that.
Over your career you come across so many different people who do and see things in different ways. Many have provided inspiration in the way they approach a specific aspect of a role or situation. My mother was a big inspiration to me, she was a farmer so worked in a very male dominated environment. It never seemed to be a challenge, she was treated as an equal because of her knowledge and respect for the knowledge of others.
Melanie Robertson, Compliance Manager GB&I
Role models are important: I would say the most prominent role models for me throughout my career, would be my mother, Maths Teacher and Margaret Thatcher.
When I was 16, my Maths Teacher was very inspirational. She became pregnant and we all assumed she would be leaving but her husband was the one who stayed at home to look after the baby, and that made us all think, ‘What are the possibilities?’ I also attended the same college that Margaret Thatcher had gone to. I know she is a very divisive figure but as an inspirational woman she really opened your eyes to what’s possible and gave us all a feeling of ‘Why not?’.
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