Am I too old to follow my dream and become a scientist?

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Re: Am I too old to follow my dream and become a scientist?

Postby PG » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:01 am

My advice is that you need to be more specific in what it is that you want to acheive. Working with science can mean very different things. Since you have a background as a translator and in journalism is some type of scientific/technical writing something that you would be interested in. If it is starting with translations of scientific /technical material might be a start that can allow you to make additional moves scientific/medical/technical writing.

If this isnt what you want to do you need to think about what it is and try to figure out how the path looks to get to that position. A lot of people doing science have spent a lot of years in different types of training but that isnt necessary for all types of positions.
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Re: Am I too old to follow my dream and become a scientist?

Postby TFF » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:58 pm

I'm glad someone already brought up money, because that would be my concern. There's nothing wrong with chasing a dream, but as you get older the realities of life sometimes dictate the most practical and realistic approach. But that's a question only you can answer. Other sage advice that others mentioned that I would echo is to have some idea what the end game is for pursuing biology. I think that's important because you will be limiting your earning potential for at least the next 9 years. Good luck! As long as you've got somewhat of a loose plan for the future, I say go for it!
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