• Question: When you decided what career you would go into, was there much hesitation in that decision and what obstacles where there along the way for you?

    Asked by Anna to Sumit, Kate, Aryanne on 8 Mar 2019.
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      Kate McGonagle answered on 8 Mar 2019:

      Hey, not really…I’m not sure how much I really decided or how much I just kind of fell into it! I went to uni to study chemistry because I enjoyed the subject at school. As part of my degree I done a placement year in industry doing drug discovery and I really enjoyed it. Because I liked it and I had experience in this particular branch of chemistry it made good sense for me to move into this job! I think getting relevant experience in whatever you want to do is really valuable!

    • Photo: Sumit Konar

      Sumit Konar answered on 9 Mar 2019:

      I had hesitations in the beginning as I never did high pressure research or crystallography before. I gained confidence and became interested in my research slowly over the years.

      I was offered a PhD position on superconductivity. I was very excited as the project was to make new form carbon. We were not able to make our dream compound but I found many other interesting compounds on the way. Most of them was made using high pressure. I made the new compounds and solved their structures. This is how I became a high pressure scientist and a crystallographer.

      Hesitations are normal. If you have those , nothing to worry about. It will be all gone with experience and time.