So this month it is my turn to answer my own questions... So without further ado here is a little info about me. All the best, Caroline
How long have you worked at Linkam?
Just over two years.
What’s the best part of working at Linkam?
Linkam has given me the opportunity to work abroad at international conferences. I love travelling and it is one of my favourite parts of the job. Any excuse to write or do some research is always welcome too.
Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were you doing before Linkam? Why did you choose a science career?
I had several options at college and University and considered all sorts of careers but in the end Forensic Science won out, and after I earned my degree I went into a private lab for four years. We did commercial physical and chemical testing of protective clothing. I was mainly involved in the physical testing, so Tensile, Puncture, Tear, Abrasion and Flex of materials used in the manufacture of protective clothing. I tested everything from the gloves you get in home hair colour kits, to material used to build the huge industrial suits, with their own internal air supply. But after four years, it was time for a change.
What makes you passionate about science/engineering?
Science is about possibilities. It takes positive, crazy people to create something new and go against the flow. I admired those people and wanted to get closer to the genius.
How would you describe your average day at Linkam?
Lots of database and organisational work – I’m in charge of the demo equipment so am kept busy with that plus the day to day sales quotations, customer enquiries and requests.
Has the company changed much since you started working here?
We’ve had an influx of new staff recently and they certainly make a difference – it is nice to not be the only one who doesn’t know everything, and have years of experience of the products!
What are your hobbies?
I currently have three hobbies at the moment - four if you count the gym, but I wouldn’t call that a hobby, it is more a penance for all the cakes we get fed at Linkam. I dance at least once a week. Colloquially the dance I do is known as belly dance, but that is more of an umbrella term to describe several styles of dances originating from the Middle East. I’m also part of an LARP society based at Canterbury University. Think DoD without the board. Lastly, and far from least, I also write. Over the years I’ve experimented with styles and genres and have now settled on fantasy horror. Book one is almost done (although I’ve been saying that for the last nine months) and should be published around Christmas. So guess what my friends are getting as a Christmas present...
Where do you want to be in ten years?
Over the years I’ve read thousands of novels - fiction and fact. In ten years I want to be that obnoxious person at the dinner party who won’t stop talking about the three book deal they have just signed.
And lastly, where did you go on your last holiday?
No holidays for me this year. It’s all about the book/s. Next year? Somewhere hot.
Thanks for reading.