• Question: does your job involve a lot of travelling?

    Asked by Hannah Cap on 20 Jan 2020.
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      Divya M. Persaud answered on 20 Jan 2020:

      My work has involved a lot of traveling, yes! I’m from the US and have been able to travel here to the UK for my studies. I’ve been to Austria, Spain, Germany, France, and Switzerland during my Ph.D. for conferences and workshops. I’ve also traveled a lot within the UK to collaborate with people, as well as for British conferences and workshops.

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      John Bridges answered on 20 Jan 2020:

      Dear Hannah
      Thats a very topical question. The answers is yes, I have done and continue yo travel a lot. However, like a lot of my colleagues I am concerned about the associated environmental impact. We need to conduct a higher proportion of meetings via web based conferencing.
      Professor John Bridges

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      Abbie Hutty answered on 22 Jan 2020:

      It depends a lot on whether you want to travel. Some people travel a lot more than others and it is quite easy to pick whether you want the type of role that involves travel or not.

      Some people here never travel because they want to spend time with their families or need to pick their children up from school etc. Others might occasionally travel within the UK to visit customers or go on training courses. Some do a few international trips every year, to visit suppliers or customers, or for special meetings or conferences (that’s kind of where I fit in – I probably travel 4-6 times per year for work) and then others end up travelling a lot, and might even be managing teams that are based in multiple different countries.

      There is a lot more focus on making sure we never travel unless we need to though, as we are all concerned about the impact on the environment, so there is a lot of top level company effort directed at making sure that we use the technology available to us as efficiently as possible to have video calls or teleconferences with people in other countries unless we really need to be there in person.