• Question: What is the most rewarding thing about specialising in science as a career?

    Asked by 495cara47 to , Devon, Dmitry, Heather, Jonathan, Michael, Rebecca, Richard, Sarah, Tim.M, Tim.S, Yinka, Yannis, Xu, Tom, Tabby, Ryan, Rik, Nikolai, Nicolas, Nicholas, Nicola, Niamh, Joe, Joanna, Jennifer, Hermine, Hannah, Emilie, , , Abby on 26 Jan 2018. This question was also asked by kiera.
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      Dmitry Dereshev answered on 26 Jan 2018:

      “Science” is a really broad term for a career. It’s like saying “Arts” is a career, when in fact it can encompass anything from professional piano playing to having a successful channel on YouTube.

      In the broadest sense, I’d say scientific career rewards you with unlimited potential to create and investigate anything you please and to push existing tech as far as you possibly can. You’ll likely see the benefits of your work bestowed upon many people too, if you play your cards right.

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      Sarah Finnegan answered on 26 Jan 2018:

      I love knowing that the problems that I am trying to solve could really help people to live happier lives. The fact that I get to do this in a really varied way (sometimes meeting patients, sometimes going on courses or programming) keeps me interested as no two days are the same!

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      answered on 26 Jan 2018:

      I get to learn how the world works. Sometimes I am the very first person (in the world) to know an important finding. And I work with amazing colleagues.

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      Rebecca Dewey answered on 5 Feb 2018:

      I absolutely love that I get to be the first to discover new things or find out about new developments. I love that I can understand the techniques and methods that are at the forefront of everything.

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      Ryan Cutter answered on 7 Nov 2018:

      Specialising is like a double edged sword. I love being able to say I know/do something that nobody else can! It makes for a really great selling point when looking for jobs or applying for funding.

      However, when you specialise, you’re actively deciding what bits of science you don’t want to do as well. Which is hard, because I really like science. For example, I’m in a very specialised area of astronomy/astrophysics. I’m also trained in x-ray crystallography and I really enjoy that as well, but there is very little scope to do both at the same time. I had to pick my favourite and not carry on with the other.

      Great Question!

      Hope that helps,