Indian Institute of Astrophysics
|Job Title: Reader|
'She is an Astronomer': How long is it since you got your maximum academic degree?
Annapurni Subramaniam: 12 years.
SIAA: Do you feel it was more difficult for you to get a job or a promotion in comparison with male astronomers?
SIAA: Are women under-represented in your institution?
AS: To some extent.
SIAA: What is your family status?
AS: I'm married with two children and elderly parents.
SIAA: Have you had career breaks?
AS: Yes, one year after my first child was born and three months after my second child was born.
SIAA: How difficult did you find the return to your work?
AS: It was difficult to meet demands and targets initially.
SIAA: How many hours per day do you normally dedicate to work?
AS: 7 - 8 hours
SIAA: What wouldmost help you advance your career?
AS: Providing support to stay connected and providing flexible timings
SIAA: What recommendation would you make to young women starting their career in astronomy?
AS: Break the work into smaller modules and complete each as and when you get time. By making the breaks, one gets to complete the work even if you don’t get a long uninterrupted duration to spend on the work/project. Explain to the family members about your work in a captivating way. This will not only educate them, but also will help to make them cooperative with your schedules.