Sweta Malik

Insight Diversity: Sweta Malik on the advice she would give someone at the start of a career in research

Submitted on Thursday, 23/03/2023

Sweta Malik is a PhD Student under Prof. John Breslin, Dr Subhasis Thakur and Dr Maeve Duffy at the University of Galway. Her current research focuses on peer-to-peer energy trading in a distribution network. In particular, she is working on generating trading algorithms based on game theory and auction mechanisms. Sweta holds an MTech degree in Renewable Engineering and Energy Management from TERI University, India. She graduated with a BTech degree in ElectricalE ngineering from JECRC University, India. She is also a committee member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) in NSAI/ETC 20 on Smart Grids, Renewables, Electric Vehicles, and Energy Efficiency. She was awarded Young Professional Award to represent Ireland at International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

What advice would you give to other women who are just starting out in research?

Having a mentor in your field can be incredibly valuable for navigating the challenges of research. A mentor can provide guidance and support and help you stay on track as you work towards your goals. Networking with other researchers in your field is also crucial, whether attending conferences and workshops or participating in online communities. Building relationships with others in your field can help you stay up-to-date on the latest developments and opportunities and provide a support network as you grow in your career.

Confidence is key in research, as you need to be comfortable asking questions, sharing your ideas and taking risks. Research is about learning and making mistakes; the only way to grow is by putting yourself out there and being open to new experiences. However, research can be challenging, and it can be easy to get discouraged. It’s important to remember that setbacks are normal, and success often requires persistence and hard work.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is also crucial in research, as it allows you to make time for activities outside of work that bring you joy and help you recharge. This can help you stay motivated and productive in your research. Women in research still face challenges and biases, and it’s important to advocate for yourself and your work. Don’t be afraid to speak up, make your voice heard, and seek resources and support when needed. Overall, these tips can help you achieve success and fulfilment in your research career.