The skills you'll need

Curiosity is probably the most important skill; and a real talent for problem solving.

You’re fascinated by the world around you – and how it works. In particular in how the human body and the human mind work. You probably really like science, too, especially biology and chemistry, and your maths is strong enough to be able to handle all of the data that research produces accurately.

You’ll also need to have some good communication skills. In the research area, as well as a lot of work in the lab, you’ll also have to talk through your ideas a lot, whether you’re getting funding for research projects, talking things through with your team, explaining your clinical trials to the patients who are helping you, or presenting your results.

Above all, you’ll need to be very determined and patient, as to achieve important breakthroughs often involves a number of false starts, and very long and intricate processes for checking and double-checking results. That’s why a real ambition to help make people’s lives longer, easier– and better – can be a great motivating force for so many researchers.

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