Being part of front of house, my role entails supporting management, visitors and staff. I handle all administration and other supportive tasks. Important factors are having a high level of organisational and communication skills.
What does your work entail?
As a member of front of house staff, I’m often the first point of contact for visitors. Whether they’re here to see the exhibition, attend a conference, visit a researcher, or they’re a contractor of some sort, it’s my job to help them with whatever they need in a friendly way. To do this, I need to know as much as I can about what’s happening in and around the building, and I work closely with many different people here at the Crick to make sure I’m up to speed.
How do you feel that your background benefits your work?
I was raised in a multicultural society, and working at the Crick has allowed me to further broaden my understanding of different cultures and races. I’m able to see other people’s points of view, even when they don’t quite match my own. I find it easy to work with individuals no matter what their role is or where they work.
I feel diversity promotes peace, but it also makes our society a more interesting place to live. Different cultures have different beliefs and interests which I find intriguing, and I like to share the ways I was taught to do things while growing up. For example, when I have purpose, I feel more directed and certain about my life and the directions in which I’m heading. Purpose brings me deeper feelings of security.
What were your motivations to study/work at The Crick?
Each person responds to different drives and motivations, and I believe there is plenty of opportunity in the world to go around. I strive to find the motivation to go out and make these opportunities happen for myself and my family. I can point to a number of things that make my career at the Crick not only more fruitful, but also more enjoyable.
There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that what I contribute to the Crick makes a significant difference. So much time in our lives is spent at work, so I believe it’s important to find a way to make our careers meaningful for ourselves and others. When I see that what I contribute makes a difference, it makes my career and my purpose feel that much more rewarding. When I am inspired by the people I work with, I am more motivated to get up and go to work every day.
I am also a person who likes be challenged. I want to see and prove that I can leap over whatever hurdles are placed in front of me, and the unpredictability of working in a scientific institution means I’m often presented with these opportunities. Being faced with challenges like these is exactly how I develop the resiliency that keeps me motivated and striving for what is next.
When the going gets tough, I remember that success is often easier when working with others. Being connected to other individuals and teams brings me into meaningful relationships, where we can support each other towards accomplishing our mutual goals.
I feel a strong sense of belonging at the Crick, and I feel it has helped me develop as a person and as part of a wider community.
Who is your Black Hero?
I have many Black Heroes and Heroines, but the one who means the most to me is my grandmother. She taught me what it means to be a strong Black woman. Throughout her life, she had to face many trials and tribulations, and through all of these she managed to build a safe and strong threshold for her whole family.
Being one of the eldest granddaughters, I had a particularly special bond with my grandmother. Over the years she became my mentor, my safety-net, my best friend, my guardian, and most of all my inspiration. At 90+ years old, now living in the UK, my grandmother still advises and looks out for us all. I hope one day to be half the woman she is; may she continue to keep strong.