answered on 14 Mar 2019:
last edited 14 Mar 2019 2:21 pm
My job does make me happy 🙂 I find it really interesting and it’s fun most of the time. Yeah I did GCSEs and then A-levels and then a physics degree and now I’m doing a PhD (lots of studying!). For my GSCE options I took things that I thought were interesting so I did psychology, statistics, art and spanish.
My job makes me very happy 😄. I wouldn’t be doing it otherwise! If you can find a job that you enjoy, I think this is one of the most important things in life.
At GCSE I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to do triple science ⚛️ . It made my transition to science A-levels easier and more enjoyable. My other GCSE options were Geography 🌎, History 🏛️ and PE 🏃. I mainly did these because I enjoyed them!
My job makes me happy and satisfied and proud… and sometimes I also feel very dumb compared to everyone else!
I think it’s important for me to say that it’s also… a job, and jobs have good days and bad days. A lot of the time, being bombarded with opportunities to learn and do stuff outside my comfort zone is exactly what I want. But some days I’ve already got enough on my plate, and need some downtime and mental space to get there more slowly. I expect every “thinking job” is like that, but being in a busy collaboration with 3000 other highly driven people is particularly intense!
In the big picture, though, it’s a huge privilege to spend my life working on this stuff, and I can’t imagine the same mix of mind-bending thoughts, impact on the boundary of human knowledge, and chances to travel & talk to people round the world.
PS. yes, I did science at GCSE. You sort-of need to if you want to do research, because to be a particle physics researcher you need a PhD, for which you need a physics degree, for which you probably need a physics A-level or equivalent, and for that you need GCSE science/physics. So some decisions at GCSE really do open or close whole paths in what you do with life :-O