How to answer: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The question “what do you want to be when you grow up” sends shivers down the spine of all senior high school students, as well as many, many adults! It is an important question and to answer it I think there are four things you need to do. 1) Really, really research your prospective career paths. This is particularly important if the jobs you are considering require courses (tafe, university etc.) which cost a lot of money and consume a lot of time. The type of questions you need to answer include; is there multiple job opportunities where you live (if you are not willing to travel), what do you actually have to do to get a job (for example to be a clinical psychologist in Australia you must complete a three year undergraduate degree, one honours year, two years of a masters degree + two years supervision- that is eight years of hard work and competition that many people are not aware of!), are there particular aspects of the job that will clash with your personality (for example academia research can be extremely critical, and if you are a person does not handle criticism well, that is something you would need to consider) and also what type of lifestyle does the job entail?… which leads me to my second point. 2) It is important to consider the type of lifestyle that you want. What I mean by this is your career has […]

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The end of June is time for reflection.

June is officially over (internal screaming!), how can six months of 2016 be gone already? Actually how is it even 2016? Was it not just yesterday that I was watching Finding Nemo for the first time? Nope… that was 13 years ago (more internal screaming!). Everyone looked at me sympathetically when I told them I was going straight from my […]

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Adventures to be had.

I believe life should be nothing but a series of adventures, and I do not think all these adventures need to be jumping out of planes or diving through ocean caves (although these once in a life time adventures are obviously pretty special!). I believe any time you do something new, that is an adventure! Therefore, everyone can have adventures, often! Throughout my blog I will explore many different types of adventures (however small) I have experienced, hopefully inspiring you to do the same. The first is becoming a citizen scientist! Citizen science is when members of the public help scientists collect and analyse data. You probably have not heard of citizen science before (I hadn’t until I completed my honours thesis on the topic last year), which is odd considering citizen science has actually officially been around since 1900, when members of the public started to collect bird data in the UK. Citizen science has become increasingly popular in the last decade or so for a number of reasons including the necessity to collect larger amounts of scientific data (particularly environmental data), the development of technology particularly smart-phone apps which make citizen science participation easier and most importantly because people are realising how much fun it is to be a citizen scientist! There are lots and lots and lots of different types of citizen science projects all over the world. So many that I am almost 100% certain you […]

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