• Question: What Advice wound you give to someone wanting to do a job like yours?

    Asked by anon-249909 on 4 Mar 2020.
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      Paige Chandler answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      Follow what you find interesting, because you have to do your job 5 days a week! Once you find what you like, work hard at it. There are lots of ways to become a scientist, not everyone goes to university. Or you can be like me, and be in university for the second time. The best thing for me was to be determined, know what you’re aiming for, and work hard.

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I would say to follow what you find interesting and what you are passionate about. Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions because if you don’t understand you aren’t going to learn. Finally if your perfect job doesn’t exist, you can make it!

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I would say that if you want to do a PhD, it doesn’t matter what thing you choose to study. It’s much more important to find a supervisor who supports you, believes in you and is invested in helping you get your PhD.

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      Xiaohan Li answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I’d say is to keep your curiosity and an open mind. Curiosity gives you the impetus for digging deeper and resilience when facing difficulties. An open mind makes sure you don’t lose insight and are always ready to learn something new. You may wonder “how do I know which subject/direction is there for me”. It may come to you accidentally, as long as you keep pursuing your goal.

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I would say try and find something in science that you find interesting, and something that genuinely makes you curious to find out more about it! Science is literally all about jumping into the unknown – it’s about creating knowledge for questions that don’t have any answers. I always also advise to try and get some hands on experience – volunteer in a research lab or ask some professors at a university to come by for a day and have a chat about it. Graduate students as well would be happy to have a chat with you!

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      Sarah Carter answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      The most important thing is to be genuinely interested in what you’d be researching, because research is a tough job and being excited about what you’re studying makes it much, much easier. I’d also say that it’s important to look for people/supervisors who are happy to support you as you move through school and work.

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      Nuru Noor answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      I think I would say if you really want to do something then don’t give up ☑️

      One of the things I have learned is that getting rejecting or turned down for things is normal. Like when applying for university, or first jobs, or anything really.

      But if you want to do something, keep motivated, try and get feedback on what you can do to improve from teachers and colleagues, and you can usually make it happen 👍

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      I would say just always do your best and keep doing what you enjoy! Believe in yourself and work hard and you’ll be fine!

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      I think the most important thing is to find something you find interesting and exciting – scientists are involved in so many different sorts of research so there really is something for everyone! Once you have decided what you want to do, then really focus on your studies and getting the best grades you can.

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      Jennifer Roe answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      Take the opportunities that come your way. Work hard at getting good grades because they will help get you where you want to go. If you do fail at something though don’t worry, there is always another route.

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      Ricardo Sanchez answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      Study hard and make sure you absolutely LOVE and feel super passionate about what you do.

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      I completely agree with the others, the most important thing is that you pursue something that you truly enjoy doing – it makes the hard work seem a lot less hard! Work hard at school, and take note of things in lessons that you found interesting so you can look at them in more detail later on and see if it’s something you might be interested in researching one day! Once you’ve decided what you want to do, keep striving to learn more and more about it, and gain experience if you can.

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      M S answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      Keep an open mind. Dont be confined by what you think is a standard job! Look around and research what yyou love and pursue it!

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      Work hard towards what you want, do’t be afraid of failure and don’t be afraid to try new things/ career paths.

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      Be curious and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 8 Mar 2020: last edited 8 Mar 2020 4:13 pm

      Study what you enjoy, ask questions, and find out from people already doing the job what the important things are that you need to do and experience to do well in that field.

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      Sarah Brown answered on 13 Mar 2020:

      Great question! I would say to find something you are really passionate about and then don’t be afraid to show that passion! Also making contacts/friends with people already in the field is always really helpful – researchers love to share knowledge on their topic and knowing these people could come to your benefit one day! 🙂