Saturday, 4 February 2017

Why you should choose science

Hey guys,

Today's post is about SCIENCE so get excited !!

As a student ambassador and science student I get asked a lot about why I chose science. So why exactly should you chose science as your future career choice. Well there is more than one reason. I mean the only one that should really matter is that you like science and could honestly see yourself studying this for a long time. As I continue in my degree, my ideal job is constantly changing. Medicinal chemistry, environmental health, inks and dyes and it's because the possibilities are endless. If you ever wanted a degree with endless opportunities science is just that.

Interesting side story I didn't ever consider being a scientist until my last year in school. Since I was little I wanted to study law. I never once questioned doing anything else. When I was in Sixth year I went to the higher options show in the RDS. I went into a law talk and fell asleep within the first 20 minutes. I quickly realised that studying law for four plus years was not realistic for me. So I left the talk and went to find a friend who was in a science talk. Well the women speaking showed in no uncertain terms how many jobs the were in science that year and the starting salary for scientists in Ireland. I thought about it, I always loved science, money in science was good and I wanted a job that would keep me interested. Science ticked all these boxes for me so I shifted all my attention into finding an area of science that I would love. For me that  choice was chemistry. I guess that was less of a side story and more like half a blog post !

There is something very satisfying about learning how things work. This is a core principle that almost every scientist has. Science really is everywhere whether it's learning how a microwave works or how chocolate is made, yes chocolate making is a science in itself ( Its a branch of chemistry). When most people think of science they see this

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I'd like to point out we are not all nutty professor stereo types. For the most part we do indeed work in a lab but a recent campaign by the royal society of chemistry is pushing the boundaries of what society expects of a scientist. Such as this marine chemist.

Science being everywhere and being involved in all natural occurrences means that scientists get to do some pretty amazing work in every corner of the world. Ill put the link of RSC down below.

Not only are there many exciting jobs for scientist but there are many jobs period. Ever heard the saying there is no such thing as an unemployed mathematician, that's because a mathematician can work in finance, science, technology the possibilities are endless. Science and finance are two of the only sectors that continue to higher more people even in a recession. Ireland is the largest exporter of pharmaceuticals in Europe. The pay for a scientist is pretty good as well.

The real reason you should choose science is because you love it. All scientist share one of two common goals. One to help people or two, to leave your mark on history. Bottom line is would you mind getting up everyday and going to class to listen to a lecturer talk about science for four years. Don't get me wrong there are days I would rather stay in bed for an extra hour or some classes that I don't relish going to everyday but overall I don't mind going to college everyday because I truly enjoy learning about science and that's all that really matters when choosing a degree.

For those of you interested in learning more about the royal society of chemistry this is the link.

Credit for the second photo above also goes to the royal society of chemistry.

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