• Question: How long have you been doing your job for?

    Asked by nathanlee to AndrewL, Andrew, Emma, Marianne, on 23 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by elmo97.
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      Andrew Leitch answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      This particular job which leads to a PhD degree I’ve been doing for 3 years. Before that I was working as a doctor in a hospital in various jobs for 5 years.

      A problem or an opportunity depending on your perspective about working in science is that your funding only lasts for a set time-period. That means that you have to either re-negotiate your contract at the end of that time or move on. It’s getting rarer for people to get a ‘job for life’ as a scientist in a university now.

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      Andrew Maynard answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      Hi nathanlee,

      Well, I left university in 1987 and messed about with sewage works for a while, before going back to do my PhD. I finished this in 1992, so I guess I’ve been a proper scientist for around 18 years. But my job keeps changing – so the job I have at the moment, I only started in April of this year!

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      Marianne Baker answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      Hey nathanlee,

      I’ve just finished my 18 month ‘upgrade’ report for my PhD, and in the first year I worked in 3 labs (see my profile) – so this course, about 2 and a half years.
      Not too long!

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      answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      Hi nathanlee, I have been in my current post for 7 years but I had a baby in that time so I was off for about 9 months.:)

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      Emma Pilgrim answered on 23 Jun 2010:


      I have been in my current job for 6 years