Elaine Westwick

Gender

Female

Age

31 - 45

Status

Working

Broad Subject Area/s

Biology

Job description

Science blogger and writer - http://www.elainewestwick.blogspot.com

Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths

Genetics

Education and route to your job

I did A levels in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and AS French. I then studied Biochemistry at Oxford University, then a PhD in Protein Crystallography at St Andrews University. I worked for Astex Therapeutics in Cambridge for 5 years as a bioinformatics scientist and project manager, then left to have children. I very much wanted to spend time with my children when they were young, but missed the science. Now I write about science from home and can still look after my kids.

Job route: typical, unusual, or a bit of both?

Bit of both

Day in the Life

I have a blissfully quiet session on the computer before my kids wake up. Then I am either looking after the kids during the day, working on my small business, or writing about science. I always stop work at 3pm to pick my eldest up from school and I rarely work in the evenings or weekends.

Happiness

9 - Nearly as happy as possible

Life outside work

I love running and reading, both possibly in the sunshine. I have recently taken up yoga and done my first triathlon. I love exploring the countryside and camping with my family.

Work Environment

Hardworking

Fun

Creative

Intellectual

Enquiring

Curious

Challenging

Rewarding

Other ways to decribe your job

Flexible

Family background

My family encouraged me to be the kind of person I was supposed to be.

What attracted you to your career?

I love science and I love writing.

Starting salary

10K - 15K

Potential salary

36K - 40K

Do you volunteer your Time?

Science blogging

What type of scientist are you?

Communicator

Advice

Follow your passions and learn from your failures. Don't be afraid to specialise and close doors behind you.