As someone who always pursued any opportunity to learn something new, I realized that sharing the experience with others via written works, presentations, or simply meetings and conversations was the element of science and research that I loved most. So after working on a temporary contract in an unrelated industry as we settled back into life in Canada (although I did get to learn how to drive a reach truck, which was fascinating), I began seeking new career opportunities that focused on what I truly enjoyed – scientific communications.
Although I loved research, sharing the excitement of new findings, new questions, and new ideas was always the highlight of any project.
Having taught regularly throughout my career (and outside of it), my next opportunity as a contract writer and subject matter expert in anatomy and physiology allowed me to continue writing about a familar subject from a new perspective. I welcomed the flexibility of freelance work as we moved into a new home, welcomed our first child, and the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, but I continued to seek new opportunities in scientific communications to fully realize my goal of transitioning from bench to business.