• Question: How long did you train for to get where you are now?

    Asked by bean9697 to Gioia, Iain, Jo, Leo, Mariam on 21 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by hannahandkatiexxx, mariec, 07kgunn, appeley, russarianpantsxx, barney.
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      Joanna Watson answered on 16 Jun 2010:

      When I finished school I did 3 years at university doing a degree, then another year doing a masters and I have spent 5 years doing a DPhil (same thing as a PhD) and working in research.

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      Mariam Orme answered on 16 Jun 2010:

      A long time! I spent three years at University doing my first degree, and then four years doing my PhD. So that’s seven years of formal training. But when you’re a scientist you never stop learning new skills, so the six years I’ve spent working as a scientist since my PhD have also been part of my training.

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      Gioia Cherubini answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      To be honest, I have never felt as if I had finished the training, because there is always so much to learn. Anyway, technically, it was a 5 years degree, a 3 years PhD (that is for the formal training) and 4 years and half postdoc to be where I am now. The postdoc position is a tricky one, because even if in theory you are a fully trained scientist, some people can still consider you in training (…and use it as an excuse to pay you less 🙁 )