• Question: did your parents influence you carree

    Asked by warm499rya on 8 Feb 2024.
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      Rachel Edwards answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      My parents were both teachers in primary schools, so they influenced me not to go into that job! They were confused by the fact I loved maths and physics (they preferred biology when they had to do science) but were happy to go along with that. They were very amused when I became a teacher anyway – although I teach students at degree level, and spend a lot of my days doing scientific research.

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      Erin Pallott answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      I was raised by my mum and my grandparents. They didn’t have any direct input on my career choices, but they did support my education all the way. They would help with homework and keep me interested in what I was learning. So they influenced me by supporting my interests and encouraging me to go to university and start my PhD!

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      Andrew Gore answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      Yes, followed my father into Electrical Engineering.

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      Not really… they pretty much let me get on with life myself. They encouraged me to learn and go to university but weren’t pushing me to become a university academic. Though, I think they were proud of the fact that I was.

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      Kirsty Ross answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      Not really.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      My parents wanted me to be a doctor, but I wanted to be a scientist. They definitely encouraged me to succeed and had high expectations for me, but I think they were a bit confused about why I wanted to do science instead of medicine! They were definitely confused when I decided to do science communication instead of working in a university laboratory, but they are glad that I am happy and have enough money to pay the bills.

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      Jonathan Shaw answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      Not at all, they were supportive in whatever direction I wanted to go in.

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      Bruno Silvester Lopes answered on 8 Feb 2024:


      To a certain extent. Although I love teaching so that could be because my mother is a teacher. My father is a radiographer and I am a scientist/microbiologist and a biochemist!

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      Amber Villegas - Williamson answered on 9 Feb 2024:


      Both of my parents wanted me to be an interpreter, translator or flight attendant. I wanted to go to uni to study engineering and when I failed an exam they would tell me I should just give up and do something easier. Well….I’m not someone that gives up ESPECIALLY if someone tells me I can’t do something (who do you think you are tell me what I can or cannot achieve!). So, I studied really hard and managed to get my degree despite people (who do love me) actively tell me to quit [my parents don’t have degrees and I was the first in my family to get one]
      They are now very proud of me and what I do as a career (I am very very good at my job).
      I think for me the way you learn in university didn’t suit me which is why I struggled and if I could do my time over again I would probably do an apprenticeship or go into the military to be an engineer to get really good hands on experience.

      Just know whatever you choose to do, set your mind to it and get it done 💪

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      Chigozie Onuba answered on 9 Feb 2024:


      I would say Yes. Especially with regards to doing a course that will enable me work in healthcare and diagnostics.

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      David Bremner answered on 9 Feb 2024:


      No my mum was a cleaner and my dad worked in accounts. One of my sisters also does accounts but i am the first and only one of my two sisters and i to have gone into a science discipline.

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 9 Feb 2024:


      yes, I was always inspired to follow my passions and they supported me at every step.

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      Zoe Vance answered on 9 Feb 2024:


      I don’t know how much they influenced my choices but they were pretty supportive of anything I decided to do. Neither of my parents went to uni so I feel like once I was finished school they assumed I knew what I was doing

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      David McGonigle answered on 11 Feb 2024:


      Nope! They thought i was rather strange to be going down the scientific path..but at the same time, they supported me, even though I think at times eyebrows were raised and brows furrowed…!

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      Jayne Roberts answered on 13 Feb 2024:


      Yes, certainly my dad did. He was a research chemist working in a lab so for me it didn’t feel like a science career was unachievable. He helped me a lot with my chemistry homework when I was struggling with it and provided some good advice when I was trying to decide on university courses.

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