Carolina: “Progress is being made when it comes to equality of women professionally”

04/06/2021

I have the strong belief that women and men are equally capable of achieving the same goals, so I am always proud to see women and men having the same career opportunities. It is always astonishing to see women being able to take roles that 20 or 30 years ago it would never happen.

Question: Why did you decide to study your degree?
Answer: I studied Pharmaceutical Sciences because I wanted to enrol a degree in health sciences and make a difference in everybody’s life. It was somehow random because I went to Pharmaceutical Sciences and in the first year, I took a sabbatical year to improve my high school marks, as I wanted to study Medicine, but I ended up loving Pharmaceutical Sciences.

My six years in university were a time of discovery for me: new friends, new opportunities to learn, several internships in different areas to understand what I wanted for my future. I am very fond of my university memories.

Q: What does your project consist of?
A: My project consists of the implementation of electronic logbooks in all analytical laboratories. I “translate” analytical methods to the software we are implementing, creating, reviewing and qualifying recipes, always according to GMP regulations. Despite the duration of the project (I have been there for more than two years) it is always challenging facing different and difficult methods.

Q: Do you think yours is still a career/job that is mostly associated with men or have you noticed a change in this trend?
A: In Pharmaceutical Sciences a huge percentage of professionals are women, so I would dare to say that women are well presenting my job. Personally, I have never felt any difficulty for being a woman when it comes to find a job.

Q: What would you -as a woman- say is the biggest challenge you have faced in your job?
A: In a work environment with a great number of women, there is sometimes some competition, but it is something easily overcome by thinking of your personal value and understanding that differences among colleagues are always a benefit for the team. 

Q: How do you see the role played by women in this kind of position?
A: I have the strong belief that women and men are equally capable of achieving the same goals, so I am always proud to see women and men having the same career opportunities. It is always astonishing to see women being able to take roles that 20 or 30 years ago it would never happen.

Q: Do you think we -as society- are moving forward?
A: Fortunately, throughout my career I have seen women in all kinds of roles, including leadership, therefore I think that progress is being made when it comes to equality of women professionally.

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