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STEM Ambassador Spotlight: Paula Manley!
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Meet Paula Manley! Paula is a dedicated STEM ambassador and an excellent role model. She has a real passion for outreach, enrichment and inspiring the next generation of experts!
Name: Paula Manley
Job Title: Content Development Resource Manager
Company Name: Waters Corporation
I like to run in my spare time for my local running club, Vale Royal AC. I find parallels with my involvement in STEM; both require lots of energy and they help me to keep a positive attitude to things.
What do you do day-to-day?
I manage technical writers in the UK and also Romania. Their role is to write the instructions for the scientific equipment and software and Waters produces. I came to Waters with a science background, and wrote myself for a few years before becoming a manager. This year I also took on responsibility for helping to drive STEM outreach at our Wilmslow site at Waters; that involves training new STEM ambassadors, partnering with other people and helping to arrange STEM events and workshops
What are the best & worst parts of your role?
The best part is being able to develop people’s talents in my role as manager. With my STEM involvement, it is seeing the impact we are having with encouraging people to try STEM. It is hard to think of the worst parts, probably just not being able to do even more.
How do you dress for your role?
My role is office-based, so there are no special requirements to wear certain items, except to be smart casual if we have visitors. For some STEM activities, there can be safety requirements, and we also have Waters branded STEM t-shirts that we wear.
What subjects did you study at school & what qualifications do you need for your role?
Following my GCSEs I studies Mathematics, Physics and Geography at A level, and then went on to do BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. For my role, I also had previous laboratory experience using mass spectrometers for testing samples from clinical trials, and that was essential for me to understand how customers need to use the scientific equipment we produce at Waters. For the STEM outreach, a basic understanding of science is important, but also having the people skills to be able to go out to schools and events and deliver the STEM message.
What was your favourite subject in school?
I loved science the most (obviously!), but I also loved art. I think it is good to balance the analytical side with a more creative element. In fact, having a creative flair is becoming more important in many roles.
What do you see yourself achieving professionally within the next 10 years?
I am nearly 20 years into my career now, and am happy with where I am managing people in two different countries. For the STEM side, I would like to continue to develop and adapt to the changing needs for encouraging people to study STEM subjects. I hope to see the long-term results of the initiatives.
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