Career Ready has helped me understand that you must take every opportunity life presents to you

My internship made me feel like I could make a contribution to the latest scientific developments.

Who are you?

My name is Siana Siggers and I’m a student at Lyng Hall School. I won the Science Award in the AstraZeneca STEM Students of the Year Award 2016 and got to visit CERN. 

How did you feel before you started the programme?

I had little confidence and I didn’t know what career I wanted or what I could study at university. Without Career Ready I would not be as confident as I am now . 

What influenced you during your time on the programme?

During my internship at the University of Warwick I was able to work on my own research project with the latest technology and cutting edge science. It made me feel like I could make a contribution to the latest scientific developments.

I organised my internship myself and worked on a project alone so I gained a lot of independence and confidence. 

How do you feel to have won the award?

I never thought I would be put forward for a once in a lifetime award! It’s an amazing opportunity – being nominated made me feel like my hard work has paid off. 

Visiting CERN was an amazing experience for a young scientist like me. Meeting professors that come from all over the world to work on the project was a real privilege.

Not only did the trip broaden my knowledge of particle physics but I also learned about new opportunities such as summer internships available for students at CERN. The visit also opened my eyes to just how many options are available to you by studying science, engineering or technology. 

How has the programme help you?

I’ve gained independence and confidence – the programme has made me realise that I want to pursue a career in chemical research. 

I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about the latest developments in chemistry and I’ve gained a deep interest in the field. I’ve also gained experience, which is essential for a budding scientist. 

Career Ready has helped me understand that you must take every opportunity life presents to you. As a future scientist I can see now that I have lots of different options available to me.