Gabriela Paniagua Cabarrus
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm from Guatemala. I completed my degree in Chemistry at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and then worked for 8 years for the government in pharmaceutical analysis.
Why did you choose to study science?
I've always been curious about how things work. As a child, I never asked my parents for dolls. I was naturally inclined to fix things, especially electronics and toy cars because I wanted to know how they worked.
What have been the most rewarding parts of the training program at Envirolab?
I have many years of commercial laboratory experience, so it was interesting to see what Envirolab does and no workplace is the same. The number of accreditations that Envirolab has is impressive because it's a lot of hard work and effort to get just one. The last week reminded me how you might have everything you need in a commercial lab, but this is not always the case for universities or educational institutions.
What advice would you give someone considering a career in science?
If it's what you like, just do it. It's not about the money and security. Rather, it's about following your passion. Science has no barriers and can take you anywhere. You might not ever know the opportunities that await in science if you do not give it a try.