Is there anything you miss about academia?
The people. I miss having other people to bounce ideas off and working as a team. Often, I would be the person to create something from scratch and I valued getting feedback from my colleagues. I have joined specific business networks and programmes to help me get a similar type of support.
How would you describe yourself now?
As a postdoc, I would have described myself as Superwoman, seen as competent and the go-to person to get things done, running at 200 mph, pushing to prove myself, very concerned about other people’s opinion of me and lacking in confidence.
I ruminated upon thoughts and conversations constantly, hated confrontation and lacked vision and direction. I also had developed a specific fear around public speaking and would avoid those opportunities at all costs.
I am really proud of who I’ve become. I show up very differently in the world today. Through personal development and being coached, I’ve shed those patterns of behaviour and the armour I used to get through the day.
I feel comfortable and confident in who I am and certain of my place in the world. I have done the work to discover my natural talents and capabilities and aligned them with where I feel I can make the biggest impact. I have freedom and I’m happy.