How to know if a scientific research career is right for you?

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    I'm still not sure if I want a career in science; currently I'm finding biology and chemistry pretty dull at AS Level (I don't know if that's just because we're doing less interesting topics). Biology has lost its appeal; I used to be so interested in evolution and genetics but now it just seems like it doesn't make as much sense as it used to, and I'm not really interested in the detail. I don't know if I should stick these subjects out and if worst comes to worst try and apply for a subject like History or PPE at uni if I find that my interest in them doesn't grow. How do I know if I'll enjoy a career in science? I want to travel when I'm older, perhaps live in some other countries. My parents say I should just do I science degree and then venture into something else if I still don't enjoy it. However I don't know if I'll be able to make it through a degree. Please, any advice from people who have done science A Levels. Is it natural to find them boring at first? It's been four weeks and I am really not enjoying the lessons but it might just be because we're doing beginner's stuff.

    It might be boring to do science at A-level due to failure to see it's application. Personally, I think your parents advise is a really good advise as STEM degree normally can venture into non-STEM roles easier than vice-versa as far as I'm aware.

    If scientific research career is not for you, you could always adopt a more managerial roles in the technical fields (most engineering and IT sectors have these roles). It might be more useful to checkout the end results (the jobs, the work life) of the some jobs to see which do you think you'd enjoy more than thinking about the topics to learn instead.

    Studying science at this level is very different from studying it at uni and beyond. Now you're learning about the basics in very little detail. The level of detail will increase and doing research is fascinating as you will be adding to the knowledge. You will also be able to pick your interests. You can travel and move around a lot with a career in science if you want to but remember that you may have other priorities at that stage. Some good advice above about being able to do other things with your degree.

    (Original post by elisha22)
    , and I'm not really interested in the detail.
    Research science isn't really for you, then. Research is detail!

    try and read the news - there's always exciting discoveries being made in some field of science and it might relate to what you're studying in class
    I did OCR B chemistry so it was ALL about application - never had the 'dull' problem but i found it difficult
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