Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Fiona Coyle from Hewlett-Packard to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Fiona Coyle

Ink Chemist

Hewlett-Packard

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  Fiona Coyle
You have to be willing to work things out. Every day we meet problems and as a scientist it is my job to understand the problem and then find a solution. A good technical knowledge of your area is essential, in my case Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science. A willingness to learn is essential and it is really important to listen to people around you as they may have the answer to your problem or a piece of the problem. Most people in my job would have a degree in a Science disipline and/or a post graduate degree such as a Masters or Ph.D.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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