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Dr shini somara

Science, technology and innovation reporter

 

And - Founder, Scilence

Follow your own heart, it is the best GPS system we have for ourselves.

What do you do?

I am a science, tech, innovation television reporter for television networks such as the BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera and Discovery. I transform complex scientific and technical language into engaging, entertaining and accessible media for television and online digital platforms.   

Why did you choose this field?

"I must have been about 23 years old when I realised what path I wanted my career to take."

I chose this particular field because I love learning about how things work. I have a very curious and logical mind but also love communicating and connecting with people generally, but particularly through innovation.

 

I chose mechanical engineering as a student because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my father. Simultaneously, I always loved the arts in many different forms, be that drama, performance or fashion. I really enjoyed the balance this provided to studying STEM. 

 

The turning point to pursuing a career in science communication happened almost at the end of my doctorate, when all post-graduate students were trained to speak on TV and radio. I really enjoyed speaking on camera and talking at conferences. During these experiences, I decided I wanted a full-time career in television. 

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

That it was possible to find cheerleaders. I have always been an unusual person with contrasting and seemingly conflicting interests. Due to feeling very alien, I always believed that I had to prove my worth and value to others, through achievements and accomplishments. I wish a younger me knew that I am valuable, even without those accolades. Thankfully, social media and a more globally connected world does allow us to connect more easily than ever before, to others who may be as unique. 

Why do you love working in STEM?

"I love learning about pioneering technology and new and advanced ways of thinking."

I love learning about where the human mind can go to push the overall quality of our lives into ever increasingly positive directions. Most importantly, I love meeting the pioneers and incredible individuals behind these advancements.

Best advice for the next generation

It can be very distracting to live out the expectations and dreams of others. Believe in yourself and gather a team of cheerleaders, role models and sponsors who see the vision you have for yourself. 

Inspo quote

Take time to be introspective and find out who you are as a person.