• Question: What's the best part about your job?

    Asked by niall14 to Naomi, Aggelos, Andrew, Eileen, Shane on 12 Nov 2012. This question was also asked by emmacos123, shaunashevlin, xoxsaoirsehxox, aimee, ivan, cmd13, charlotteb, vin13, ilysci.
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      Naomi Elster answered on 12 Nov 2012:

      There are a lot of fantastic things about my job. A lot of people have jobs they don’t like or don’t care about, and I have a job that I love, which is something very special. I also know that my job will make a real difference to people’s lives for the better, which means a lot to me.

      There are downsides to working in science too. Sometimes the work can be a bit repetitive and it can be hard work. Lab’s get spooky late at night! But you take the bad with the good, like you do with any job. And for me, the good sides of my job outweigh the bad by a long way. 🙂

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      Aggelos Zacharopoulos answered on 12 Nov 2012:

      @niall14, hi.
      I love travelling so one of the best parts of my job is that I can go travelling to sunny places to test various types of solar collectors. I also love the fact that I can spend time doing my research (in the lab or outside) but I also get to teach young people about this research. It is very rewarding 🙂

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      Andrew Jackson answered on 12 Nov 2012:

      every day is different. Students ask different questions everytime i teach them. In our research projects, we learn things everyday and have to solve new challenges to get our science done. I really dont like repetition, so this is a great job for me.

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      Eileen Diskin answered on 12 Nov 2012:

      I think there are two favourite parts for me! First, I like doing something that is important to human health, and will maybe one day save lives.

      Second, being a scientist can be quite social – both in doing the research, and outside of laboratory of office. I like this, because I love hanging out with my friends and making new ones. On my fieldwork, I was working with about one hundred other people! In the laboratory, I work with about ten people…so it can be very social. I have lots of friends in the office where I work..we bake things for coffee time in the morning, play pranks on one another (when an officemate leaves her Facebook logged in…!!), go out and have fun…its great craic! And cool to know we’re trying to solve some interesting science questions along with the fun 🙂