Not only do we have Professor Brian Cox back on BBC making all things science extra interesting, with his new series Wonders of the Universe, last week we had the finals for this year’s National Science and Engineering Competition at The Big Bang Fair in London’s ExCeL, it’s National Science and Engineering Week until 20th March, and to top it all off, yesterday was Albert Einstein‘s birthday!
Professor Brian Cox is a great example of how a career can take many twists and turns before it settles in the area you most want to be in. He started out his career as a pop star but has gone on to make science, and physics in particular, interesting for all.
So, is the face of science changing and are we beginning to see what an interesting and important subject it is? Well hopefully, but for some of our icould career stories, it’s always been that way!
Ryan Sibartie enjoyed science at school. He is now a Formulation Scientist in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Pfizer, “I really enjoy putting on the white lab coat and the glasses and pretending to be Albert Einstein and getting involved in the lab work. My job role, when it was explained to me, it’s everything that I’ve always imagined doing“.
Having a passion for science, doesn’t mean you have to become a scientist. Anita Beck works as a Content Developer on the Climate Change Project at the Science Museum, researching everything that might possibly be put into the exhibition. Her inspiration came from a physics teacher, “When I was in high school I had a physics teacher who showed us a physics lecturer, there were demonstrations of science and I thought that was amazing. It looked so much fun. You got to blow up stuff and make things move and it was really interesting“.
Olly Green originally wanted to follow a career in sport, but after suffering health problems, his sports career ended. The injury led him onto thinking about what had caused his problems. Since getting a job in the Cytology unit at Addenbrookes Hospital, Olly’s career has gone from strength to strength. He now works as Assistant Practitioner in Neuropathology and is working towards a Biomedical Science degree, “At the moment I am studying my foundation course at Anglia Ruskin University. So once I’ve got that under my belt, I can then progress on to do my Biomedical Science degree. The full degree will be paid for, plus the experience in the lab, and the full time wage on top of it. So even coming out of sixth form with no A-Levels, there are still so many opportunities out there to really go for it”.
There has never been a better time to start looking into a career in science! So, make sure you have a look at what’s going on in your area for National Science and Engineering Week - it could be the inspiration you’re looking for!