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Video clip: Angela says she always asks young scientists who come to talk to her ‘what do you really want to do?’.

But it’s advice I give to anybody as a young scientist that comes to talk to me is I always ask them what they want, what they really want to do or at least whether they have an idea of what they want to do. Because actually you don’t need to be firmly fixed, I mean I thought maybe I’d be in a research institute or maybe I’d be in a university but I knew I wanted to do, fundamentally, I wanted to do research into new medicines and fundamentally applying chemistry somehow to medicine or biology. 

So knowing that, it made it easier for me to say what do I need to understand, what do I need to learn in order to get there. So I do always give that advice and say to other people coming through because I think if you, even if you’re not certain, if you have an idea that actually you’re on the right track in your career, that makes all the difference and you also know very quickly if you’re not quite on the right track then you can then realise at an early stage to flip into something that is right for you.