• Question: Are you happy in your job?

    Asked by anon-319728 on 13 Mar 2022. This question was also asked by anon-319844, anon-313037, anon-313048.
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      Victoria Fawcett answered on 13 Mar 2022:

      Yes 🙂
      I really enjoy astronomy and hope to keep doing it as long as I can!
      I love looking at space and trying to work out the mysteries of the Universe.

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      Daisy Shearer answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      Yes, it’s a dream job for me! I get to study quantum physics every day and use that to develop new technologies that can benefit people and the world. I also get to work with awesome equipment like these:

      In the spintronics lab
      This is our big superconducting electromagnet (she’s called Emily) 🧲

      Focused Ion Beam
      Probably my favourite piece of equipment, the Focused Ion Beam. I use this to shoot charged particles at the surface of materials to make nanodevices 💥

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      Sarah Mann answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      Yes! I really like my job. I basically get paid to use lots of cool toys to try and solve interesting problems that no-one knows the answers to. Sometimes it’s difficult, but overall it’s really fun!

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      Jamie Smith answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      Hi! Thanks for your question.

      Generally, yes! I really like what I do – I find it interesting and challenging and it helps to produce research that will help produce clean energy some day.

      Work is still just that though – work. It can be tiring, frustrating and it still forces me to spend most of my day here. But I’m really glad I get to do all that here!

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      Lucy Lawrence answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      I am very lucky to say that I am exceptionally happy in my job.

      Alot of the time when I was younger I thought that scientists were crazy men with big white hair in a lab blowing things up. (And sometimes they are!) But I didn’t see that there are ALOT of really inspirational women in science.

      I also thought being a scientist meant you HAD to be in a laboratory 24/7. I did start off in a lab, but I was doing Instagram on the side (posting photos of science things) and I was spotted by lots of big companies. And now I work to create content for big science companies. Its so good.

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      Alex Headspith answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      For sure!

      No two days are ever the same which helps to keep things interesting all the time!

      I get to work on some very unique things with loads of interesting people. I learn new things all the time and that goes a long way for keeping me interested in it.

      Even if things don’t go to plan, its all part of the fun, even if that can be frustrating at times there’s no better feeling than solving a problem that has evaded you for a while!

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      Alistair McShee answered on 15 Mar 2022:

      Unbelievably so; I just spent the entire weekend talking to people about my job for 8 hours a day, and then turned up to work today exhausted but with a smile on my face, and there are not many professions which I think would still be able to make me do that!