• Question: do you think a cerear in science is a good thing for me

    Asked by rebeccasedgwick to Daniela, Hannah, Ian, Jono, Mark on 24 Jun 2013.
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      Ian Wilson answered on 24 Jun 2013:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Hmmm there’s no easy answer to this one. What I would say though, is if you want a career in science, you’ve got to be really interested in it. You’ve got to really care about learning why things happen and why the world works the way it does. Now, there are loads of areas of science that you could look at – insects, environments, stars, chemical reactions…. The list is massive, so, chances are, there’s something out there that will grab you! If you’re excited about finding out about things, then science is definitely for you 🙂

      Why do I think you have to be passionate about your subject though? You might have gathered from talking to us that a lot of things can go wrong in a long scientific experiment. It’s pretty hard work and can be really annoying sometimes. But, if you’re interested and excited by your work, it’s easy to keep on trying!

      So, if you’re a hard worker and are excited by the world around you, then I’d say you’re a scientist in the making 😀

      Hope that helps,


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      Mark Hodson answered on 24 Jun 2013:

      Hi rebeccasedgewick,

      hard to say as I don’t know you but in general a career in science can be fantastic. It pays reasonably well, job security is OK and it gives you opportunities to travel. The key thing is whether you’re fascinated by science or not. If you are then go for it.



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      Jono Bone answered on 24 Jun 2013:

      Hi rebeccasedgwick,

      As with any career there’s pros and cons to a career in Science. You certainly shouldn’t go into it for the money. It all depends on you, if your enthusiastic about science, don’t get to disheartened when things go wrong, want to make a real contribution to knowledge and help people, I think its a great thing to do!!

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      Hannah Brotherton answered on 25 Jun 2013:

      Hi rebeccasedgwick.

      So if science is the understanding of everything, you can have a career in anything! 😀
      So I know someone who did psychology and English and now she writes speeches for the top dogs in parliament. I know something that did physics and now works for space stations. I did Neuroscience and now I look at ears :P.

      Look at Prof Brian Cox…he started out in a rock band, but then he went back to science and now he is more famous than he would have ever have been if he had stayed as a musician.

      But this doesn’t mean science is perfect for everyone. I think science would be the best career for you, if your curious about life, about everything in it?! If you are curious, you will easily become passionate about things and that is a great thing to have in a career in science.

      So lets start with……what are you passionate about? If you know this or will spend the next year finding out what this is, then you will easily find the right career for you!

      But personally being a scientist and all 😀 I still think science is the best 😛


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      Daniela Plana answered on 25 Jun 2013:

      Hi rebeccasedgwick,

      I love my career in science, but I think it’s good for me because I really enjoy science… so it depends on whether you really like science and find it interesting. The most important thing when choosing a career should definitely be what you enjoy, what you think you could do for a long time without getting bored! The good thing about science is that it’s so varied that it’s hardly ever boring…

      Hope that helps!