• Question: Hi Scientist, I am wondering if you always wanted to work in this field since you were younger or did you change your mind at some point?

    Asked by anon-320552 on 1 Apr 2022.
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      Victoria Fawcett answered on 13 Mar 2022:

      I changed my mind a lot!
      The first thing I remember wanting to be when I was younger was a singer, then a vet, then an astronaut, then a mathematician, then a nuclear physicist, then a particle physicist and finally… an astronomer! I only decided to go into astronomy when I was 20 so don’t worry if you’re not sure what you want to be when you are older, just keep doing what you enjoy 🙂

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      Daisy Shearer answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      When I was younger, I liked sciences and arts equally and was really torn between the two. It was when I was 15 that I decided that I wanted to study physics at uni because I became completely fascinated with the concept of electron spin which we were learning about in relation to atomic orbitals.

      During my degree, I took lots of different physics modules to see what area of physics I liked the best and it turned out that I really liked everything related to quantum technology so that’s why I’m a researcher in this field now 😄

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      Sarah Mann answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      I definitely changed my mind a lot! I didn’t even want to be a scientist when I was younger, I always loved art and creative writing so I thought I’d end up doing something creative. I didn’t realise creativity is a really important part of science!
      I think it’s difficult to know what you’ll enjoy doing until you start doing it, so don’t worry about knowing exactly what you want to do – figuring it out is fun!

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      Jamie Smith answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      Hi! Thanks for your question.

      I’ve changed my mind a few times, I went to University because I wanted to study and work in robotics. But, during my first year, I was swayed by this opportunity working in Nuclear Fusion. I gave it a go on a Summer Placement and decided I wanted to continue with that instead, even changing my degree from Electromechanical Engineering to Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

      To quote Dr Who, “Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind”. That’s not to say it’s bad to know what you want to do, but it’s good to keep an eye out for new opportunities and to recognise if you would actually prefer to do something else from what you thought.

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      Lucy Lawrence answered on 14 Mar 2022:

      Hi Aleena, You’ve been asking some great questions!!

      I haven’t always wanted to be a scientist, and from reading the comments here it looks like its pretty common to change your mind about what you want to be when your younger.

      It’s always good to explore new things when you’re young! (you’ve got time to figure it all out!) ✨

      I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was younger, a vet, an architect, an artist or a photographer were all possibilities for me. Luckily I did some work experience when I was 16 in an architect’s office, and decided it just wasn’t for me.

      So if you can get work experience in a job you want to do, when you’re still in school then I’d defo recommend it! ❤

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      Alistair McShee answered on 15 Mar 2022:

      I didn’t know this field existed when I was younger! 😂😂
      Growing up I didn’t have any well-defined career in mind, but I know I like work that excites me, and when I found out I can work on making stars in a laboratory that sealed the deal for me!

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      Judd Harrison answered on 15 Mar 2022:

      When I was at school I changed my mind a lot about what I wanted to do! I wanted to be an artist at one point, and also considered being a chef. I always really liked physics and maths, and studying physics at university ended up being the route I settled on, because it would leave me with a lot of options career wise. It wasn’t really until the end of university that I properly decided to work in particle physics.

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      Adrien Chauvet answered on 17 Mar 2022:

      I changed a lot.
      I guess that as a scientist, you learn how to adapt and move with the flow. For example, these days we need to find solutions to our growing energy needs, while being environmentally friendly. Hence, you will tend to apply your skills in that direction. and to do this you often need to bridge with other fields or even jump into other fields.