With such a very wide range of areas to research into from depression to diabetes, cancer to strokes, the possibilities really are endless.
Firstly, there’s the chance to work on solving really important problems – from creating a vaccine that helps eradicate Ebola, to understanding the neurology that will eventually make it possible to help those paralysed in an accident walk again.
What’s more, the research world can also offer lots of opportunities to travel, as you head off to join a research team anywhere from Toronto to Tokyo. It could also see you writing highly influential academic papers, giving talks at big international conferences, running your own research team, or working with the very widest range of patients in clinical trials to work together to solve big medical problems.
But whatever role you work in research, you know that every day when you get up, you’ll be working to help combat a disease or illness that blights people’s lives. It doesn’t get much more satisfying.