• Question: Your cool. What would you reccomend for a future scientist/bio-medical engineer? What were your blips along your career?

    Asked by Lieutenant Commander Data to Andy, Duane, Giovanna, Katie, Theresia on 17 Nov 2014.
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      Duane Mellor answered on 17 Nov 2014:

      Never give up, ask questions and work hard. I have had a few blips, before my PhD I trained as a science teacher, not exactly a blip as I learnt a lot, but it was a change of direction

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      Andrew Philp answered on 17 Nov 2014:

      Nice question!

      I think the great thing is that you seem to have a clear idea of what you want to do. So don’t forget these reasons as you go through your career. Blips can be seen as negatives or positives, it just depends what you take from them. I probably have learnt more about myself from set-backs and things not working as planned. Just don’t get too excited/over the top when things work and don’t get too down when they fail….

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      Katie Pickering answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      As Duane and Andy have said, blips are not bad things. They can give you more focus by showing you what wasn;t the best choice to make, or give you new insights and ideas about work. Blips also help improve your trouble shooting skills. You always bounce back from a blip. I am now studying for my PhD as a mature student so have taken a step back slightly career wise from where I was a couple of years ago but with the knowledge that it will improve me as a scientist and improve my future career path too.
      I would advise you to work hard, especially at the things you enjoy and the things that you don’t enjoy so much but are an important part of where you need to get to in your job. Ask lots of questions especially if you don’t fully understand things. It will show to important people that you are passionate about what you are learning, as we are ALWAYS still learning in science. And stay humble and approachable. This is an important trait to have as a scientist, and it makes your participants feel at ease too. Good luck with your career path, maybe you’ll be a sci on here someday soon 🙂