• Question: if you weren't a scientist what would you be?

    Asked by orla on 24 Apr 2020. This question was also asked by terrance.
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      Katherine Benson answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I love to bake (it’s quite similar to doing a science experiment), so maybe a baker! Imagine all the tasty things to eat!

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      Min Yap answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I love food, so I’d probably be a chef or a recipe developer.

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      Louise Mc Grath answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I would love to do something unusual like become a rally car driver or else I would love to work as a translator because I love languages!

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      Amy Heather Fitzpatrick answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I would love to be a contemporary dancer in the Netherlands or dance with New York City Ballet. That would be my dream alternative career. I really love the physicality of dance but also that it tells a story, without needing language. It’s amazing that we can tell stories and express emotions with our bodies!

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      Yashdeep Yashdeep answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      If I wasn’t a Scientist, I was probably be a Teacher. I love to interact with students and explain how things work in a simple way.

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      Jennifer Cookman answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      An engineer definitely! I have it in me and I think like an engineer in my work but my applied maths wasn’t the strongest in school and college to go into a career in engineering. Chemistry was my calling <3

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      Caitríona Sheridan answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I would like to work outside or in sport! I’m a massive rugby fan so maybe attempt to become a 15’s or 7’s player, or look into refereeing.

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      Tiffany Slater answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I would be a jeweler. I worked in a repair centre for several years and absolutely loved looking at ornate jewellery under microscopes.
      I just love looking at things under microscopes in general but especially shiny things!

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      Mike Conerney answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      A professional cyclist

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      Enda O'Connell answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I love working on computers, so probably something in IT.

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      Achim Schmalenberger answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I thought of becoming an engineer, working with biotech systems or building satellites. The latter was because I though becoming an astronaut wasn’t realistic so I wanted to build stuff that goes into space instead.

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      Michelle Monaghan answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      If I wasn’t a scientist I would either be a teacher or a translator. I love teaching people new things and making it fun and exciting. I also love learning new things and languages makes that fun.

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      Eddie Sheahan answered on 24 Apr 2020: last edited 24 Apr 2020 11:57 am

      Technically speaking, I am not a scientist, I’m an Engineer. But if I wasn’t, I would love to be a pilot.

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      Tommy Hayden answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I like making things and fixing things

      I think I’d enjoy working at any trade, e.g. carpenter/electrician/plumber/mechanic

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      Simon Spichak answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I would open up a science themed coffee shop! After all making coffee and tea is a lot like a scientific experiment — you have to be precise, careful and be able to make the same drink well, multiple times!

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      Hannah Currivan answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I would be a RAF Air & Space Operations Specialist (Flight Operations)!!!

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      Sarah Mallen answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I think I would be a surf instructor. I like surfing, spending time at the beach and teaching other people how to surf. It’s so fun!

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      Jun Lin answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I’d like to be a simultaneous interpreter.

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      Michael Nolan answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      Honestly, probably unemployed 🙂
      I’d probably be sitting in an open plan desk shuffling paper, watching the clock.
      So I am really, really lucky!

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      Aisling Ryan answered on 24 Apr 2020:

      I probably would’ve been a teacher. I love languages and if I hadn’t studied chemistry in college I would’ve studied Irish and French.

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      Hazel Rooney answered on 26 Apr 2020:

      Hi Orla, If I wasn’t a scientist I would love to be a zoo keeper! I absolutely love animals so it would be amazing to be working with giraffes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, hippos and lions everyday.

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      Francesco Floris answered on 26 Apr 2020:

      Great question, and not easy answer because you become a scientist following a vocation. Probably I would be a layer or something similar.

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      Fiona Malone answered on 26 Apr 2020:

      An artist, I love to paint and design.

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      Ciara O'Donovan answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      Maybe a baker or something like that. I love getting creative with my baking!

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      Aimee Stapleton answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      Hmm, that’s a tricky one. I like all sorts of things so I think I could easily have ended up doing something else. I like like logic and order so thought about being an accountant for a while. But I also like working with my hands and taking care of animals, so a job at a stables would be amazing.

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      Roisin Jones answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      Hi orla, I think I would probably be either a photographer, or maybe a baker, because I love doing both of those things as hobbies. 🙂

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      Sonia Lenehan answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      A vet! I grew up on a farm and I love animals!

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      Chloe Matthews answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      I would like to teach Pilates! It’s a lot of fun because there are lots of different types and it’s much different to other forms of exercise. It can be relaxing with nice quiet music or like a dance routine with loud music.

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      Maria Isabel Meza Silva answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      I love trying to find new, interactive and fun ways to explain maths and get students to like it. So, I think I would definitely be a maths teacher!

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      Karen Bacon answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      I’m not sure. I wanted to be lots of different things when I was younger including a journalist, a historian and a vet. Probably most likely is a historian.

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      Anthony Newell answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      I really like music, I completed grade 8 in piano and taught it for a while part-time during my studies so maybe a piano teacher.

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      Ehren Dixon answered on 27 Apr 2020:

      I loved Steve Irwin when I was younger, so for awhile I wanted to wrangle crocodiles too… but after reconsidering the possibility of losing an arm, I instead wanted to become the next best thing… (in my mind) A veterinarian for exotic animals!

      So, if chemistry hadn’t enticed me, I’d probably had pursued veterinary.

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      Lucy Blennerhassett answered on 28 Apr 2020:

      I would try my hand at being a nature photographer! I love being outdoors and I love photography so seems like a good option 🙂

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      Souvik Kundu answered on 29 Apr 2020:

      I would be artist or photographer. I love painting and drawing and clicking beautiful pictures of nature.

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      Rory Ward answered on 2 May 2020:

      I love maths, so probably a maths teacher.