• Question: Did you want to become a scientist when you were young ?

    Asked by Anjali on 22 Jan 2018. This question was also asked by 556cara48, Zeny, Eloise, draw360web, lucyrussell123xoxo.
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      anon answered on 22 Jan 2018:


      Yes, a biologist. I was inspired by programmes like those made by David Attenborough. When I was a kid, it was Jacques Cousteau making inspiring programmes shown in the US.

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      Dmitry Dereshev answered on 22 Jan 2018:


      Nope, I didn’t even think about careers all the way until the final year of my undergraduate degree. I was interested in science and technology since early childhood, sure, but turning that into a career didn’t occur to me until much later.

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      Tim Stephens answered on 23 Jan 2018:


      Kind-of. I thought that I wanted to be a meteorologist (a weatherman), and discovered that the way to be able to do that was to study Physics. Once I was at university, I realised that I was more interested in light and lasers, and that’s where my career has taken me.

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      Claire Inness answered on 29 Jan 2018:


      In primary school I wanted to be a doctor or an architect. When it came to choosing GCSEs it was either doctor or marine biologist (I’d realised architecture needs a lot more maths than I was happy with). So I guess the answer is “yes”, but it’s never too late to change your mind.

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      Rebecca Dewey answered on 5 Feb 2018:


      Yes, I did. probably from about 8 years old I knew that was what I wanted to be. I kept changing my mind about what area of science I wanted to end up in, but it was always science!

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      Sarah Finnegan answered on 6 Feb 2018:


      I don’t think I really thought about what I wanted to do! I didn’t really understand what it meant to be a scientist until I was working on my Masters research project. I just kept choosing options that I thought were interesting and the rest took care of itself!

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      Cheryl Williams answered on 24 Nov 2019:


      No, at first I wanted to be a writer or journalist, in high school I wanted to be a vet and for a time I worked in a vet practice voluntarily at the weekend. I realised that this career was not for me. I studied Biological Sciences at university and it was here I found out about scientists in healthcare.

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      Hayley Pincott answered on 5 Dec 2019:


      I wanted to be a physiotherapist when I was in secondary school but wasn’t encouraged to do science by the teachers. I didn’t get good grades in any of the science subjects and I didn’t enjoy it. It’s only because my grandad encouraged me to carry on learning science and maths that I started to work voluntarily in a Biomedical Science lab and I loved it. So I didn’t want a typical scientific job however after working in a lab I love what I do. I think it’s really important to keep an open mind and always remember that practical and theory are usually different however it’s still vital to have that background theory knowledge in order to work well practically.

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      Nicola Asker answered on 12 Mar 2020:


      No, I think when I was younger I wanted to be an author or a teacher. Engineering and science won me over more once I was in secondary school as I loved the logical approach of mathematics and computing and wanted to use those kinds of skills to make a practical difference.

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      Miriam Hogg answered on 12 Mar 2020:


      I actually originally wanted to be a computer scientist and work on CGI for games and movies! I was also really interesting in space. So I went into my A-levels thinking that I would applie for astrophysics or computer science for university.
      When I started my A-levels I was just awful are coding, really bad. But I did really well in physics so I decided to persue physics instead.

      What I learned when I started university is that physics researchers use coding all the time! I was terrible at it all through university and it took until starting my PhD to actually become good at it. I am very happy that I decided on physics because I love answering interesting questions. But with my coding skills I could maybe learn CGI in the future if I wanted to. But right now I genuinely love what I do.

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