Cosmopolitan spoke to Aimen Fatima, 21, an inspirational lab scientist degree apprentice at The University of Manchester, about what first got her into science and what she’s working on right now.
“Growing up in Pakistan, my mum was my biggest inspiration. She was an army nurse and really into biology. If someone asked me what I wanted to be when I was older, I would say ‘Doctor’, because it felt like the only career you can choose if you like science in Pakistan. Then, I moved here [in 2012] and found out that there are so many options. I chose an apprenticeship so I wouldn’t be limited to just one environment.”
“It’s a degree apprenticeship, so I’m doing a chemical science degree via distance learning at the same time as getting experience in the labs. So far, I’ve worked in the microbiology lab, a research lab that was working on cystic fibrosis and the mortuary, as well as the National Graphene Institute.”
Read the full article and watch a short inspirational video about Aimen’s apprenticeship on Cosmopolitan – and don’t forget to share with your students!