• Question: Hi what would you say to a young child who wanted to be a scientist, what would you advise them to do? :)

    Asked by Sophie :) to Rob, Imad on 19 Jun 2019.
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      Rob Ives answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      Firstly, go for it. I think science is a great career choice. I would say develop your general scientific knowledge and don’t focus too much on a particular area (unless you really are in to just one area of science). As you learn more, you might find yourself naturally leaning towards a particular area of science. Study hard for your exams and do the best you can. When you leave school, consider whether you would like to continue education in a university or whether finding an apprenticeship or a job suits you best – there is no wrong choice – university doesn’t suit everybody – whatever choice you make, try hard, keep learning and the opportunities should come. A science career is not easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding. Good luck

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      Imad Ouachan answered on 20 Jun 2019:

      Good to hear that you want to pursue science! I would say work hard in school, ask lots of questions and be open-minded trying all the different sciences as you never know which one you might like more. As you get closer to GCSE’s and A-levels be sure to have lots of conversations with people who have experience in getting into science. They can inform about what paths/subjects you should study to be in best position to reaching your goal. Just because you want to do science doesn’t mean you can’t switch later on the things you learn will be transferable to other career paths and its OK to change your mind as you discover new options!