• Question: From a scale of 1 to 10, how hard is your career?

    Asked by anon-249572 on 4 Mar 2020.
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      Nathan Kindred answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I think it changes day to day, some days feel really difficult and others don’t. It’s definitely not an easy job but it’s rewarding and interesting.

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I would not say in general it is not very hard. Some days/weeks are very busy and then I sometimes have to work in evenings or weekends, which is not always nice of course. But as as long as I do that to reach my goal and I like doing science, it doesn’t feel like very hard work!

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      Paige Chandler answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      Some days are more challenging than others! Even though something can be hard work, it won’t feel like hard work if you enjoy it.

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      That’s a tough question as everyone has more busy and stressful times and easy times. Personally I would say my work in science communication isn’t as hard as the rest of these guys who work in research as I don’t have the pressures of trying to find funding or having to publish new findings. But my work is still tough sometimes when the people I am doing work for are piling on the pressure for me to do a good job

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I think this depends on the person – for me it’s a 7 at the moment but it changes. When I first started my PhD, it felt like a 10 because it was so new to me and working in a big place like a university can be confusing. I feel more comfortable the longer I’ve done something. When I get a new job or start a new project, it will get harder again.

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      Some days it’s a 1, and others it’s a 10! If I had to pick an average I’d pick 6 or 7 – new challenges come up everyday, but I feel that I can handle it!

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      Sarah Carter answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      This definitely fluctuates. Right now, I’m at a pretty relaxed pace, with just a few projects to work on. Sometimes, I have a ton of things to do and lots of journal publishing deadlines to work toward and conferences to prepare for, and that can be very stressful. Ultimately, though, I am extremely lucky to have the job I have and try to remind myself of that when I’m feeling stressed.

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      Nuru Noor answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      Good question 👍

      I’m not sure I can put on a scale because – I was always advised that if you do something you enjoy then you don’t mind the hard work.

      I would say the work does vary but generally the hard parts are often the most interesting – as you have a problem and need to work out how to fix the problem 🙋

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      Its really variable…some days its a nice easy 1 because everything is going well and I have plenty of time, sometimes it feels like an 11 because I’ve got a load of deadlines all at the same time. But just because my job has hard times, doesn’t stop me wanting to do it – doing a job you enjoy helps you get through the hard times and I’m sure all jobs have hard times.

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      Sarah Brown answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      Just like the others I would say this varies daily (or even hourly)! Right now I would put it at 6 however this time last week I would have told you 10.

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      Jennifer Roe answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      that depends on how much work the scientists want to do. I am the person who actually does their experiments on the mice so if they want more experiments doing I try to fit them in where time allows. The busier they are the busier I am!

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      M S answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      I think like a lot of people have said it changes daily. Overall I would say a 7?

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I agree with the others, it definitely depends. Sometimes there is a lot of tricky work to do in a short amount of time, but other times there is a lot less to do. It probably averages out around a 7/10!

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      Depends on the day, some days feel like a 1 and others like a 10!

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      Probably like a 7. There are easier days when I only have meetings and send emails, but then I also have days when I work very hard. It is particularly stressful when you have deadlines and need to make sure you finish your work by then.

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 8 Mar 2020:

      It definitely varies for me too. I had to train for a long time to do it, which was hard work but really enjoyable. In my current job, I have to use my brain a lot to solve challenging problems, which is hard work but also enjoyable. And I often have to juggle different projects and priorities which is hard – but the projects are all exciting!

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      Nadine Mirza answered on 13 Mar 2020:

      Oh that’s tough cause my days are definitely not the same! Some days it’s a 4 or 5. Lately it’s been a 9 but I know in another month or so it’ll drop down to a 7. So it definitely just changes day to day because so do the activities I do.