On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the GFG Foundation’s UK Manager Dr Claire Neilson explains where her love of Science has taken her career.

I always enjoyed maths and science at school, but I never really had a clear view on a specific career. Chemistry was my favourite subject and teachers always said that studying science was a great choice for keeping open career options.

It was a natural choice to continue my Chemistry studies at The University of Sheffield, where I achieved a First Class Honours degree. I really enjoyed my studies and was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as part of a research group at the University, looking at how theory could be applied in the real world.

After my PhD, I joined the steel industry as a technical graduate, and I’ve never looked back. I have been fortunate to have a multitude of fantastic opportunities, initially building on my technical skills, learning about the steelmaking process, while applying my analytical and problem solving skills.

From here, my career moved away from a purely technical role, into a customer facing role, but I still used many of the skills that come from studying science. More recently, I was appointed to Manager of the GFG Foundation, a charity established by Nicola and Sanjeev Gupta, to help more young people develop the skills needed to work in science-related industries. I am passionate about encouraging young people to studying science-based subjects at school and beyond and would wholeheartedly encourage young women to enter the world of science.