Turn your love of science into a career
Brian Cox was on the tele last night. I don’t know whether you saw it or not, but you should. It’s that good I’ve even gone to the trouble of finding the link for you (it’s here)! He’s a guy who absolutely adores science. Mad for it. And now it’s his career. You can do the same by following these tips…
Tip 1: Let your curiosity lead you
The world is an awe-inspiring place, filled with wonders just begging to be explored. This curiosity and thirst for knowledge is what drives science careers. Sometimes, it’s the side projects that lead to the greatest discoveries. Let yourself be swept up in an idea, pursue a hypothesis and chase down answers. This quest for answers will lead you down paths you may never have realized were even there.
Tip 2: Focus on your education
Putting in the time at school is absolutely necessary for pursuing a science-based career. These are fields that require a vast baseline of knowledge — not to mention some very specific training. (After all, how are you going to be a doctor without going to medical school?) Take advantage of this time and make connections with professors, try out a class in a different field that sparks your interest and lay the groundwork for your future by studying hard.
Tip 3: Test the waters
Are you a science lover, but still undecided as to what your job should be? Narrow your focus by testing the waters while you’re still in school. Go after internships in your field or ask to do a weeklong office observation to get a feel for things. Do you love animals? Try doing volunteer work at a shelter or zoo. Not only will these opportunities give you valuable, hands-on experience, but they’ll look great on a resume, too.
Tip 4: Be creative
Yes, you read that right. Creativity is an essential part of science, whether it’s thinking outside the box when solving a problem or getting inventive when building your career. Look for ways to create new jobs in places you don’t normally associate with science, or for opportunities to fuse multiple interests together. Pave your own way and you’ll win the job satisfaction lottery.
Tip 5: Don’t limit yourself
Scientific exploration is anchored in questions of “what if.” What if the world was round? What if we went to the moon? What if you could carry a computer in the palm of your hand? Look at the world through a lens of possibility. Don’t limit yourself or your dreams and you won’t go wrong. When you aim high and work hard to reach your goals, there is nothing that can stand in your way.