• Question: What is the best field to go into when I am older?

    Asked by yerk1met on 8 Mar 2024.
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      Zoe Vance answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      That depends on what you find most interesting! Some people might suggest there are better job prospects for certain fields, which might be true to an extent, but really a lot of the skills you pick up in science jobs are pretty transferable so I wouldn’t base a decision too much on that. My BA was in genetics but people from my class work in all sorts of areas: a few of us are in pure research but there are also people in medicine, finance and marketing as well as working in biology-related industry jobs like quality control for pharmaceuticals. There is also the possibility of working between fields – I work in bioinformatics and I know many, many people who started in maths or computer science who are applying those skills to biological problems. Pick the area that you think is coolest to start out with, honestly, makes life easier!

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      Amy Rattenbury answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      When choosing a science career, it’s crucial to align your interests with areas that not only excite you but are also in demand and adaptable to future challenges. Fields that offer room for continuous learning and evolution will ensure a fulfilling and sustainable career path, allowing you to grow alongside technological and societal developments. Some areas to consider might be:
      – Biomedical Sciences and Healthcare
      – Environmental Science and Renewable Energy
      – Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
      – Forensic Science
      It’s also important to note that there will be careers and subjects that exist when you are older that we don’t know about today so having flexible and transferable skills is always crucial.

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      I would say that all sciences are equally good but you should choose what you are good at and enjoy.

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      Michael C Macey answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      It absolutely depends on what you find interesting – sometimes the work is hard (working out how to extract DNA from acidic hot pools) and sometimes the work is boring (extracting DNA from 100 samples of acidic hot pools!), When that happens, passion for your subject is something that can get you through these periods and back to the things you enjoy more 🙂

      Also, enthusiasm is very hard to fake and interviewers love giving jobs to people who love the area – my PhD student who is about to graduate got his post because 1) he was as qualified as every other candidate 2) his passion and drive for the field came through in the interview.

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      Ravindu Ranaweera answered on 10 Mar 2024:

      It is a tough one to answer. You should do something you love but also be ready to adapt as well. The world is changing all the time and sometimes you don’t work on the exact field or subject area you studied for but related. So make sure you gain soft skills and computer skills. These will come handy in any field and let you easily adapt into any role.

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      Eileen Xu answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      I think you should follow what you’re interested in!

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      Alyson Downham answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      Whatever makes you happy and has development opportunities. All jobs have amazing parts and also things that may be quite boring or repetitive, but you can’t just pick and do your favourite parts of the job.

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      Oznur Apsimon answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      The one that excites you!

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      Christie Waddington answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      Don’t think there is a right answer to this! It’s more, what do you find the most interesting and like the most? That’s the best field to be in. There are so many science jobs, many of which you may have heard of and some you might not – hopefully the scientists you have been talking to have opened up many more career options!

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      Tina-Jaine Haigh answered on 20 Mar 2024:

      Gosh no one else can answer that but you, but maybe not yet. The “best” field is the field that’s right for you. You don’t need to decide yet. When you get chance to choose subject options, choose subjects you enjoy and are good at, and it will lead to a career you enjoy and are good at. These 2 things are the most important points to a successful career.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      That depends on you! Think about what you find most interesting and why. If you like animals, then something like zoology might be a good choice for you. If you like helping people, then you might think about medicine or psychology.

      The best field for you is the one that makes you the most interested and inspired. The more you explore and the more questions you ask, the more you’ll learn about what you enjoy – and then you should follow those things!