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Do you like doing research?

Postby Jackshang » Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:05 pm

Dear all:
I am a novice here and I want ask for one question:do you like doing research?After spending one year working in the library,I feel scientific research is so boring,wasting time and money as well.I know this work is a great job to many people and it must be something wrong with me.I don't know what to do aftering graduating with doctor degree 4 years later.
How to adapt myself to the state a real scientific researcher should be?
How do you handle these things when you meet the similar condition?To do what to inspire the interst to biology which is lacked in my heart.
I really need your advisable help,please help me!
Thanks in advance!
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Postby Poison » Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:05 pm

Personally, I LOVE labs. It comes naturally. :)
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Postby Winter » Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:59 pm

First of all, you must really appreciate the true nature of science. Science is about discovering things and learning new things everyday. If you do not have such appreciation in your heart then it will be very difficult to succeed in any scientific career. You say that you find research very boring, but you have to understand that research is the very basis of biology. Biology is really the investigation and study of life. The purpose or mission of a biologist is to unravel some of the mysteries of life and to better understand why things are the way they are. It is essential for a person who is interested in pursuing a career in biology, or any science for that matter, to have an inquisitive nature. You must be curious about the world around you. It is no use to just accept life's puzzles and mysteries, as just that; you must have the desire to figure things out. If you find yourself lacking in curiousity, then go outside and take a look at the world around you. If you examine anything closely enough, a number of questions should spring to mind. Biology is an especially wide-ranging in the areas it touches, from human life, to plants, to animals. It deals with all sorts of environments, oceans, jungles, forest, even cities. The fact that biology spans nearly all parts of our life, is in itself inspiring. Labwork or research is just a more organized extension of your investigation of the outside world. While it may seem boring at times, it is really an important part of any science. Science is meant to bring order to the tangle of this chaotic, yet fascinating, world we live in, so full of 'whys ' and 'hows'. And research and labwork goes an enormous way to acheiving that goal. By conducting precise and accurate experiments, patterns can be detected and theories put forward, then we are a step closer to understanding.

If you aren't sure of what to do as a doctor, you have to ask yourself why you chose that particular profession in the first place? Is it because of the money? While the pay is, undeniably, good, that cannot be your only motive. A doctor's role in life to help sick people, to bring relief to their suffering, and, if the patient is terminally ill, to provide comfort in a patients last days. This is a very demanding task, both physically and emotionally, as you will have to work long hours and be surrounded by many sick people, but you will have to take satisfaction from the fact that you are actually helping people and making their lives better. You may have to deal with rude, ungrateful people, and being a doctor may seem like a thankless job at times, especially considering all the years of study you put in, but that should never deter you from your mission as a doctor. To choose the profession of a doctor is, in a way, to choose to dedicate your life to helping and bringing relief to sick and dying people. In truth, it takes a very generous and kind heart to become a doctor. You must ask yourself if you have such a heart, and if you are truly willing to work hard, and be surrounded by sick people for the majority of your life, and whether the satisfaction you get out of helping people will be enough to keep you content with your job, and continue to do well at it.
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Than you!

Postby Jackshang » Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:32 am

Thank you all guys for your sharing!

KaylethGrey,thank you so much.I totally agree with what you said.Obviously you are kindhearted person and it's very glad to comunicate with you.

Science is a very basic work that discover why and how probelms.From my heart I really salute these scientists who are dedicated,energic and selfless.When graduated as bachelor from CAU(China Agricultural University,Beijing,P.R.China),I decided to try my best to become a great scientist I dreamed of.So during the first year of my graduate life,I worked hard to chase my dream.I am not a man who can't endure angst and loneness and soon have learnt many library methods and skills.But after realizing more reality in this field in China,I find myself having no interest in biology any more.First is the lacking of scientific atmosphere which would help to gestate creative ideas and effective question discussion and so on,all of that are so important to bring up a qualified researcher.In this air,I gradually felt no things attractive to me and lost my passion,all like routine which is not what I imaged at beginning.Second reason is more personly,I think in the coming future biology doctor degree can't promise a good job,especially in China,where both the scientific institute and industry of biological science are just beginning.The space you can devote to the society is limited,which is proved by many older graduate from our school.Many of them work as technician in small biological companys most of which are just agent of foreign big corporations without scitific research ability.I'd rather to work as soon as graduate from college than to being a technician with doctor degree.The former one may be more benefit to the society because the country will spend much money to bring up a doctor and if they can't find their proper role to make progress of society,this investment I think is unwise.This is why I am considering whether to keep chasing my dream or give it up because of improper soil.Well there is still one way I considered to solve the problem,that is learning abroad.Unfortunately,my classmates also my best friends learning in the USA as you guys told me working in this field is not easy,if you are not interested in scientific research,you'd better give up as soon as possible.As for me,USA is a paradise to lead a scitific reseach life,I really want my post doctor life will begin there.But after gaining the doctor degree,I will be 27 years old,is it late to start a real research life?What's the next?Doing the research with my whole life?I really don't know how to plan my life,that may be why I feel anxious.Many conflict happening in my mind,but may be this is just a compulsory cource when growing up.

Thank you again for your advice.Thank you!

P.S Although I am not a doctor,but I like help people.I always believe whoever you are,whatever you do,help others,keep a good mood is the best way to lead healthy life.Where I said doctor degree means PH.D in USA.Sorry to misuse the two word because of limited English level.
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