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Video clip: Hazel reflects that it was more a case of following opportunities than actively pursuing a predefined idea of an academic career.

Let me go back, go back to the beginning, we started off talking about the beginning of your career and [um] there's some questions here about when did you, did you decide that a career in science would be for you?

I'm not sure that I ever decided that as a decision.

It's a question of putting one foot in front of the other to a large extent. Certainly through school there was an element of wanting to eliminate other subject areas and the science was what I was left with. Science is what I found most rewarding and interesting as well as I could achieve best at. Humanities subjects were clearly less strong and then it's been a case of following opportunities and in a sense that's characteristic perhaps of an academic career because you look, look for opportunities and you look for, within research you're looking for opportunities and ideas and so that's, that's in a sense how my career's gone.

I, of course, as I mentioned got an academic post from two years into a post-doc which is a fairly unusual career path in, in that sense and so I was into a permanent job fairly early on in the career. And so in a sense that means that there were fewer decisions at that point although I have then decided to stay here for, for this length of time.