• Question: is being a scientist hard

    Asked by whqasim to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 3 Jul 2012. This question was also asked by whlara.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 3 Jul 2012:

      Bits of being a scientist are difficult. It can be very difficult to stay positive when things aren’t working properly. That’s probably true of other jobs though!

    • Photo: Blanka Sengerova

      Blanka Sengerova answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      It can be challenging at times when your experiments are simply not working, cells are not growing and all the equipment is breaking. So you end up feeling like you’re bashing your head against the wall. At other times you might have lots of deadlines to attend to within a short period of time, but that is no different to other jobs.

      But it’s all made up for by the exciting bits of the job and working with great people.

    • Photo: Michael Cook

      Michael Cook answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      All jobs are hard in some way or another, but science can be a bit lonely and depressing at times! We often work on very odd or unusual problems and sometimes it feels like there are only about three people in the world who are interested in what we’re doing!