• Question: Hi, id like to ask you weather you would chose a different field to study in now you have chosen your current one.

    Asked by gabejones246 to Catriona, Damien, Hannah, James, Jason, Nayeli, Sarah, Sophie, Zaf on 24 Jan 2018.
    • Photo: Hannah Little

      Hannah Little answered on 24 Jan 2018:

      I currently already work in 2 fields (language evolution and science communication), so it’s never too late to change subjects, but choosing a new one doesn’t mean you need to give up the old one!

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      Damien Hall answered on 24 Jan 2018:

      I agree with Hannah!

      I’ll also say that I’ve already changed fields. I started off doing French and Latin, then I went to politics (and I had a job in politics for a while), then I went to linguistics, and I’m still doing linguistics. But I think I learned some things while I was doing politics, that help me in my linguistics studies now. For example, a lot of my job is about going out and doing interviews with people, and the politics gives me something to talk to them about! And I am now doing some work where I am looking for ways to tell politicians things that I have found out in my linguistics research, which would be useful for their politics, so that they can help more people. So, like Hannah said, you can always learn new things, and use what you know from your old subject to help you in your new one.

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      Catriona Silvey answered on 24 Jan 2018:

      I used to always wish I could study everything – if it was allowed and there was funding, I would have done loads of different undergraduate degrees! But given that I have to specialise, I’m glad I picked language – it’s at the heart of what makes us human, and has connections to so many interesting fields, from psychology to literature.

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      Jason Nurse answered on 25 Jan 2018:

      No, I’m quite happy with my role to be honest. It’s fun, it’s exciting and it solves real-world issues! 🙂

    • Photo: Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez

      Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez answered on 25 Jan 2018:

      I wouldn’t choose a different field to study, language development is something that I am really interested and passionate about. However, language development is a very big field, you can study how babies learn the consonants and the vowels of the language, how they are able to know what a word is, how do they learn the meaning of words, how do they learn the grammar… …. …. … … So I won’t change my field, but I often start exploring other aspects or subfields, for example, I’m now very interested in bilingualism, and understanding how babies are able to learn multiple languages at the same time.

    • Photo: Sarah Knight

      Sarah Knight answered on 25 Jan 2018:

      Like Catriona, I also wish I study everything, and I find lots of things interesting. I’ve also changed fields: I started off as a musician, and then became interested in psychology. But no, I wouldn’t change my field: psychology lies at the heart of all the things we try to do as humans, and my work is so varied. I’m fascinated by it!