When I was younger I wish I had known…..

BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour has recently run an event about the advice women would tell their daughters/they wished they could have told themselves when they were younger.

'That what often seemed to be the end of the world often turned out to be a positive and transformative experience!'

‘That what often seemed to be the end of the world often turned out to be a positive and transformative experience!’










This idea doesn’t just apply to women!  This week we are looking for advice/hints/tips that you would give to:

  • Someone looking to start a PhD/Postdoc/academic career/technical, admin or support role
  • Anyone in your field of study who is just starting out
  • Someone going on fieldwork for the first time
  • Yourself when you were younger
  • Anything!

Email your suggestions to l.a.jones@reading.ac.uk and I will update the blog


How To Be A Powerful Woman

BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour is currently promoting its 2015 ‘Power List’ (to be announced in July).  These are 10 women who have a huge impact on our lives. Linked to this process artist Tracey Emin, athlete and cross bench peer Tanni Grey Thompson, Artistic Director Southbank Centre Jude Kelly, Co-Founder Mumsnet Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards Kanya King, Chief Executive of Random House Gail Rebuck, Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, Controller Film4 Tessa Ross etc. offer advice on how to be a successful woman.  They cover the following topics:


  • Be Ambitious
  • Be in Balance
  • Be Resilient
  • Be Connected
  • Be Yourself
  • Be a Leader
Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti

Gail Rebuck

Gail Rebuck

Kanya King

Kanya King





























Although the list of contributors does not include any women in academia or science these topics are arguably applicable to all careers.  Each of these topics is covered in short (4 – 5 minute) clips.  Follow this link to hear more – How to be a Powerful Woman

Is this advice useful?  Will you do anything differently? What advice would you give……………..?