• Question: how hard was it to get to where you are now

    Asked by anon-249572 on 4 Mar 2020.
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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I think I worked hard to get to where I am today. I always pushed myself to do the best that I could at everything I tried, and I am proud that I have reached this point now. Also because it took 8 years of training in the lab to be a researcher and now I have left the lab to pursue science communication too – I have even more to learn again. But it is really worth it because I love my job

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      Sarah Carter answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I worked pretty hard to get to where I am, but I managed to work hard at things I really enjoyed, so it never felt like a massive battle. I went to university right after finishing school, but I took time off to work between my undergraduate degrees and my MA, and between my MA and my PhD. I think taking time off between my degrees helped keep me motivated to go back to school and allowed me to see what options were available to me at each point and whether I wanted to pursue those or continue on with education. It was all hard work and difficult choices, but it was worth it.

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      M S answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I definitely had to work hard for it but I think if it is something you want you will work for it

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I would not say it was very hard to get were I am now. Of course, I had to put effort in my studies and work, and sometimes work evenings or weekends. However, as long as you do that to reach your goal and you like the study/work, it will most likely not feel like very hard work!

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      Paige Chandler answered on 4 Mar 2020: last edited 4 Mar 2020 5:17 pm

      It has been very challenging. I worked hard at school and in university to achieve my grades. However I have also had many years of my life delayed because of mental illness – I had to take a year off during my undergraduate degree, and I have had to take an extra year in my PhD. I have now been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which will affect me for the rest of my life. I’m mentioning this to highlight that even when you have a disability, you are still able to achieve your goals and live a good life – with hard work, and asking for help when you need it.

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      Nuru Noor answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      I think for most areas of medicine and research – you have to work hard. But because it’s so enjoyable and ultimately you’re hopefully helping improve care for other people – the hard work always seems worth it 👍

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      It was definitely a lot of hard work but it was worth it to get to where I am!

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      I worked really hard – I think the emotional work was harder than the schooling etc. I struggled a lot in my undergraduate degree because my mom passed away when I was in my first year. But research is what helped me push through the tough times – sometimes knowing that you worked hard is incredibly rewarding and motivating. I work hard now too, but I love what I do so I don’t mind the hard work 🙂

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      Ricardo Sanchez answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      It was pretty hard and I considerate myself very fortunate for being where I am. I had to work super hard at home (Mexico) to get a place at a uni in the UK. Then I had to work extra hard to get a scholarship for my degree. Then I had to work even harder for another scholarship to do my PhD. It has been the hardest thing I have done, but also the most rewarding of all.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      There have been some hard times and some easier times – it doesn’t matter what your dream is, most things will require hard work and dedication to get to where you want to be.

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I worked hard throughout school and university , but I didn’t mind because I knew that this would help me to achieve my goals. I really enjoy researching my subject, so the work doesn’t feel as hard as it would otherwise!
      Also, I’ve always made sure there is plenty of time for fun and relaxation outside of work, as this is so important to keep you happy and healthy, and can definitely make you more productive at work.

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I would say it has been quite hard, but at the same time fun and rewarding. At university I worked hard but I also played hard so they balanced out!

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      It was pretty hard, but I think it was worth it! I had to study hard during Uni to get good grades, while working in a research lab for 2 or 3 afternoons a week. I applied for interships during Uni, so I’d get more lab experience and then I applied to a lot of postgraduate programmes to get a place for a PhD. I think all my hard work paid off, because I got to get into the programme that I wanted!

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 8 Mar 2020:

      I worked hard at school and university to get where I am now, but I was always able to find courses and then jobs which allowed me to pursue the skills and topics that I was interested in and wanted to take further. There are fantastic opportunities for learning scientific skills in the UK, which I am really grateful for!

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      Sarah Brown answered on 13 Mar 2020:

      I have definitely worked hard but I have also had lots of fun along the way! I think its best to get a balance of these things and also having a job you enjoy and are passionate about really helps!