Career Profiles: Rosa Doran

1. What were the main ‘career decision’ milestones in your life so far?
I don’t think I can give a short answer to this. All steps in my life are driving me to milestones decisions. I think the most important one was the decision to observe all the world around me and hear what nature and the universe is telling me … everyday. This is what really shape my decisions. Being awake to life !!!

2. Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
Beyond any doubt my mother who educated me to enjoy life, to respect people and to make a difference. My daughters and grandson because a want to leave a better future for them and direct them to make a difference whenever and however they can. My close friends from NUCLIO who are there for me all the time, even when I drive everyone to work as if there was no tomorrow. And last but far from least my present companion. They are all the ones who light my path and help be defined the way ahead.

3. Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
I adore every minute of my life and I am very happy with what I do … well … except flying :-). I have the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and to know so many different places and cultural habits. Even when I am really tired and life doesn’t seem so friendly to me I value and treasure every step of the way. I am one of the lucky people to whom work is not a mean. To me my work is my life, I make new friends, I learn new things every day, I have a feeling that I am contributing a little bit to make the world a better place. What else can one wish from life?

Questions about your current Job
4. How did you go about getting your current job?
I was doing a PhD in black hole astrophysics when an opportunity appeared to start a non profit association devoted to public outreach and education. And 14 year later here I am, working for an organization that started with 25 dreamers and is now coordinating a movement that gathers over 20 000 people all over the world.

5. Describe a typical day?
I could never have a typical day. It is not in my nature. No 2 days are alike in my journey in this planet. Isn’t this awesome??

6. What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
Usually I am the public face of NUCLIO. I have to make sure all the projects are moving forward. Find new opportunities for the future ahead. Make sure all volunteers are comfortable with their to-dos and try to find more help whenever is needed. And when time allows, design and follow a strategy for the way forward, which is not very easy when the organization is growing so fast as NUCLIO is. Well, luckily I have amazing people supporting our growth and helping keep the quality of what we do, the best we can.

7. What are the main challenges?
Supporting all the educators in need of help. Find solutions for the different needs in the different corners of the world. Keep the network alive and the most challenging on keep up all the reports updated :-).

8. What’s cool?
Meeting people and being able to make a difference. Every time we give strength to teachers in their so difficult journeys, every time we get a genuine smile from a student or an aha moment, feels like a unique moment in time, a moment we want to freeze in our memory.

9. What’s not so cool?
Competition. I hate this word. Especially when we find people that could help us so much in our journey, whose work in collaboration with ours would make a huge difference for the final users and for reasons I can’t understand the choice is to compete or simply not to collaborate. I hate big egos and arrogant people.

10. What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
I think my communication skills

Questions about education and training
11. What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
Math and Physics

12. What is your education to date?
I have a master in high energy and gravitation where I studied Black Holes and am doing a Phd in science education.

13. What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
Everything.

14. Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
I do this all the time. Training on the use of new technologies on emerging trends for education etc

Questions about yourself
15. What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
I have many highlights but one I won’t forget was being able to gather over 3 000 people to watch with us the annular solar eclipse in 2005, the dark skies rangers efforts in Vila Real where a 7 year old boy is making all the difference in driving a more environmental friendly illumination in the town, giving a presentation to 200 girls in India, giving a talk to children in China, training teachers in Principe … well .. you don’t really want to get me started 🙂 .. there are too many golden momentos.

16. What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
Communication skills and strong will

17. What is your dream job?
The job I have 🙂

Advice for people thinking of this job as a career choice
18. What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
Choose a job where you can make a difference. Richness is feeling proud and not having a big bank account. Money is volatile knowledge is not.

19. What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Knowing how to collaborate and spot good opportunities.

20. What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?
Community work, communication training, working with school students

Quick Profile Questions
What is your star sign?
Orion 🙂

What is your favourite music?
Rachmaninof, Tchaykowski, Secret Garden, Barbra Streisand,

What is your favourite film?
Love actually, a straight story, many others

What is your pet hate at work?
Competition, big egos and lack of honesty

Check out a video of Rosa Doran here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1VSS69JDtM