• Question: What advice would you give a student who is interested in Science as a future career?

    Asked by 284susa45 to Ahmed, Francesca, George, James, Nitheen on 7 Nov 2014. This question was also asked by ahopkins.
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      Francesca Paradisi answered on 7 Nov 2014:

      Absolutely go for it! Science opens up so many opportunities, whether in research, or teaching, or industry that is hard to not find something you like. But science is perceived as being difficult so perhaps you are a bit worried you may not do well. You need not to worry, college lecturers are there to help and will help you throughout.

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      George Dowson answered on 8 Nov 2014:

      Unlike some subjects, going for science as a career doesn’t close many or even any future opportunities from you, like Francesca said!
      I’ve been told that more Chemistry graduates become accountants and lawyers than become career chemists and this is not primarily because career chemistry is hard but because law and accountancy firms are very keen to hire chemists to work for them even though they’ll need more training than someone who decided to do accounting from the beginning.
      Developing critical faculties (the ability to judge and analyse data to form patterns and predictions) is extremely useful in a wide variety of areas.

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      James Sullivan answered on 8 Nov 2014:


      What they said.

      Also, in college you should really only study something you’re interested in. I think in science, the career afterwards – for a huge amount of jobs – is not absolutely dependant in the discipline you choose for an undergraduate degree.

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      Ahmed Osman answered on 10 Nov 2014:

      This is a brilliant question
      in just few words
      like what you are doing and don’t give up
      and believe in yourself that you can change the world


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      Nitheen Kaperi answered on 11 Nov 2014:

      Science is not only a career but becomes a way of life.
      The habit of questioning is fundamental to living and you can be a scientist and a engineer, a scientist and a chef or a scientist and an astronaut as long as you long to understand and question.
      Also scientist in the more conventional way means an academic career, where you are paid for doing research and teaching, This in itself can be a rewarding career ,where you can be creative, get to ask “Why” and teach generations to come to do the same.