• Question: is it fun at work?

    Asked by theminecraftlord on 11 Jan 2018.
    • Photo: Sophie Scott

      Sophie Scott answered on 11 Jan 2018:

      Yes! I get to meet interesting people and discuss interesting science, and that’s a lot of fun. My job is never the same from day to day.

    • Photo: Alyssa Alcorn

      Alyssa Alcorn answered on 11 Jan 2018:

      As with most jobs, there are parts that are fun, and parts that aren’t. Visiting schools and meeting children and teachers can be fun, and so is unpacking and playing with new equipment when it arrives. Feeling like you have discovered new information can be a real rush. But…. there is paperwork. SO much paperwork in pretty much every part of science. Things like notes on your studies, experiments, analysis, and thoughts can be very useful paperwork. Time sheets, expense claims, lots of record-keeping of who has done what and how long it has taken… That’s not fun, and also can feel like wasting time that could be spent on “real” work.

    • Photo: Carolyn McGettigan

      Carolyn McGettigan answered on 11 Jan 2018:

      Yes! In my job, I’ve looked inside people’s brains, travelled over the world, worked with beatboxers and singers, given talks at fairs and exhibitions, and met many clever and fun scientists and students. There’s so much variety and so many opportunities to learn.

    • Photo: Nadine Lavan

      Nadine Lavan answered on 11 Jan 2018:

      Yes from here as well – for my research I got to make people laugh and record them, travel to other countries to present my research at conferences and of course, get to do something I love.

      However, there is the paper work, the forms and all the times when your experiments just won’t quite work and you don’t understand why. That’s the not so fun bits. But I would say the fun outweighs the other things!