What an important question to ask – I think enjoying the job you do is such an important thing.
Luckily for me I really love my job!
Although I am sat in a nice warm office… maybe if you asked me this question at 4am when I’m trying to find baboons in the cold, I might give you a different answer :p
But I love being a scientist! Everyday is different, and I always get to learn new things. And getting to see so many animals as my job is amazing.. Yipeee!
There are good days and there are bad days. The latter is not because it is a science job, could be a day when there is a hold up with the work, or some unnecessary nonesense that needs to work itself out. Like with anything. If I didn’t like doing what I do, I wouldn’t do it.
Love it! I never wanted a job with a strict timetable, that I would not get the chance to go outside and that all the days would be the same…science is the total opposite! The problems you are investigating keep changing and this can be quite challenging! Of course we have long boring days (normally on the computer analysing data or filling in applications a paperwork), but we do get the chance of visiting many places and investigating what is not known yet, and this is just awesome!
Yes, very much. Being a scientist means that you get to think about interesting questions and do interesting things. There is a lot of variety in the work, which is something that I really like, and I have gotten the opportunity to travel to lots of different places, which is just fantastic. I love working in the lab and going out into the field, both of which led to very different days. I also really enjoy teaching and interacting with students. Being a scientist is a very consuming job, even when you’re at home you’re often thinking about experiments or papers that you’ve read, so it’s important to enjoy it. I feel very lucky to do something that I enjoy every day.