Escaping from dinosaurs,
accidentally discovering how to become invisible, shrinking children,
being sent back in time, getting lost in space and rescuing ferocious
young women from beautiful monsters. Scientists know everything and are
well rewarded as highly paid professionals...
Time now for a reality
check. Making a major discovery without any effort and by a lucky
accident is very unlikely. Usually it means many years of hard work and
long hours as part of a team before you make even a simple discovery.
Long hours does not have to mean big pay either. Many people become
scientists in spite of the pay rather than because of it. As far as
knowledge goes, there are some things we can never know as Sir
Karl Popper and Steven Hawking ( in A Brief History of Time )
have suggested. Being an open minded scientist may result in the
realisation that you don't really know anything! This may
explain why a significant number of colleagues and other scientists
find that being scientific and holding religious beliefs are not
necessarily mutually exclusive...
So, still want a career
in Science or Technology?
Want to earn money as fast as
Off to a great
start in 2004 is Ryan Hill who was the first Nexus student to trial a "fast-track" programme
of study at WITT. He gained a Diploma of Applied Science while working
part-time in a lab and has been exempted the first year of a B.Sc
degree at Otago University and will go straight into second year. The
classmates he left behind at High School have only just finished Year
13 and are about to begin their first year of study at University,
without the work experience, qualifications or savings Ryan has
yourself stuck with a huge student loan...we'll have more ideas here
Want to learn as much as
In 2003 ten year old Jamie
graduated from WITT with a Certificate in Science Studies, having
passed most of the Level 2 and Level 3 papers with A's. Because of her
high level of achievement she also received the Science Departments
award for consistent high standards. She passed School Certificate
Science at age 8 in 2001!
Don't let age
restrict your learning; we have more information for you coming soon.
For those looking for information on Gifted children click here.
Don't forget to ask your
careers adviser for more up to date information about specific
professions or courses. Many of the the training organisations below
also have help desks or liason officers to provide further information.
Ask someone who has actually worked in the job about what you can
really expect in terms of job satisfaction, variety, workload and of
A recent piece of
research has predicted that 85% of the occupations available in 10
years time do not exist at the moment. Also, people will tend to change
careers 3 or 4 times throughout their lifetime.
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