• Question: when did you decide to be a scientist

    Asked by evamae to Tomas, Richard, Reka, Paul, Omar, Oliver, Laura, Kevin, Kat, Judith, James, Hannah, Hannah, Gill, Gemma, Freya, Emma, Ed, David, Ceri-Wyn, Bobby, Anthony on 4 Jan 2019. This question was also asked by artlover, gogo2007, Cat lover 2012, suphellohi1928.
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      Hannah Currant answered on 4 Jan 2019:

      I knew that I wanted to be some sort of scientist by about 15yrs old, but I originally thought I wanted to be a marine biologist and that’s what I went to university to study. As I started my degree at 18, I realised I was more interested in the genetics and cellular biology of the marine animals, than the animal themselves so switched to molecular biology. It was only later on, when I was about 20 and taught myself to code that I realised I wanted to do science that combined computer science and genetics. So I guess although I’ve known for a while, I’ve slowly realised exactly what science I want to do, and become more specific in my research interests. I still feel like I’m learning what I like more within science everyday but the fun of science is that you can swap around and try different things!

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      James Cole answered on 5 Jan 2019:

      I was always interested in the past. I grew up in Zimbabwe and was lucky enough to spend much of my childhood exploring the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe (google this and see something amazing) and related settlements. When I went to University to study Archaeology, I knew within a few weeks that this was the life for me. I then spent the next 10 years or so working to become a lecturer.

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      Kevin Daly answered on 6 Jan 2019:

      I think once I started doing Science in Secondary School, I just knew/felt that it was for me. Mostly it was the idea of understanding how the world worked that sort of thrilled me. It was only in college I began to understand how important the *process* of Science was, rather than just what we learned from the scientific method.

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      Laura Nolan answered on 7 Jan 2019:

      I knew that I wanted to be a scientist around year 9 (14 years old). I was really interested in all my science subjects at school and did well in them so I was planning to go and study science at University after school. I didn’t actually do any real research science until my Science Bachelor’s degree where I did a 10 month placement in a microbiology lab (working with bacteria) and it was at that point I knew for sure that I wanted to do microbiology research in a lab as a job. I worked as a research technician in a lab after my degree for a year to get some more experience but realised that if I really wanted to direct my own research I would need to do a PhD so I then went on to do this. It has been a tough road at times, but for me the rewards far outweigh the difficulties!