• Question: is being a scientist worth it

    Asked by dan.r7 to Savannah, Philippe, Lucy, Joanna, Harrison, Edoardo on 12 Jun 2019.
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      Savannah Clawson answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Like any job, being a scientist can be tough sometimes. There will be days when it feels like nothing is going right, maybe you did your calculation wrong or your code on your computer didn’t work… However, when things do go right it is super rewarding! It is really satisfying to finally solve that long calculation that you had been stuck on for days or to finally fix the small mistake in your code that was making everything break. Also, you get to learn new things about the way the world works every single day! I am always amazed at how crazy our Universe is and it baffles me that we have even been able to begin to understand it – but the great thing about science is that every question you answer opens up loads more questions. A scientist’s job is never done!

      So yes, being a scientist is 100% worth it and scientists are so important in society to help us understand the world around us and make it a better place for everyone 🙂

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      Harrison Prosper answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I am lucky enough to be doing what I enjoy doing and I get paid to do it. Yes, it is worth it!!!!

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      Edoardo Vescovi answered on 13 Jun 2019: last edited 13 Jun 2019 1:26 am


      It is worth for yourself if you want science to be a big part of life. It is worth for the society because it brings new technology. Great changes in history — like the invention of machines in the industrial revolution — arise from new discoveries in science.

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      Joanna Huang answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      For me it is, i have got work on interesting things with people from all over the world! It can be frustrating when things don’t work and you get stuck because you often have to work out how to fix things yourself but it can also be very satisfying. The best bit is that you get to be at the cutting edge of science and have the potential to discover something completely new! It’s also nice that you get to travel around the world for conferences, I’ve been all over europe and to the USA, some colleagues have been to Japan!
      You also learn a lot of skills that set you up to get a job in another field if you ever decide that it’s not for you. So i think it is worth it if you like the subject and are excited to learn more about it.

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      Philippe Gambron answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      Yes, really. It’s interesting. It allows you to understand how things work. And it offers you the possibility to have a nice job.

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