YoungHumans

YoungHumans

For Wait But Why fans

Thank you for opening the link from the page of WaitButWhy, here I will give a small summary of the project. If you want to know more about the idea behind it, here is the original post.

YoungHumansOfScience

I started this project in order to give young students who are struggling on which path to chose a chance to ”listen” to the conversations with others.

To give them a chance to see the paths we are choosing and how we are facing them. With it, I want to help in giving them a way to surpass the first challenge, and see that they aren’t alone.

With this project, I hope to give them a small push in the direction of trying to understand themselves and what they want to achieve.

In the interviews, I will speak with others ranging from college students to postdocs and try to understand their path. How they decided their path, and what are the challenges they found when following these paths, as well as the lessons they learned.

Here are the first two interviews of the series. First interview and Second interview.

I will be publishing one interview a week as I learn and get better at interviewing. Any comments on things I could improve or questions you would like to add are more than welcome.

YoungHumans

YoungHumans

As I was finishing my master’s degree I was completely lost about which option to follow, research was interesting but everybody was burned out. The other option was entrepreneurship but the risk and the reactions of those around me weren’t too positive.

I started wondering which path I should actually follow and at first, I thought I was alone in this, but as time went on I started to see that we are all the same.

We don’t know which path to follow, we are lost. We may have an objective and we know that we want to accomplish something, but we don’t know exactly what we want or how to do it.

We want advice, but it’s hard to search for advice when you don’t know what you want to achieve. Because many times trying to understand what you want means learning to face that which you didn’t want to face.

We want to ask but asking is hard, it’s hard to ask those around you and we use it as an excuse to look away and continue without facing it.

All the advice we can find online is from those older than us, and only those who have succeeded are heard. But its harder to relate to them and we can use the difference in age as an excuse to once again look away.

YoungHumansOfScience

That is one of the reasons why I started this project of YoungHumansOfScience, to give others what I wanted and was so afraid to do at first. To give them a chance to ”listen” to the conversations with others and with it, help in giving them a way to surpass the first challenge.

With this project, I hope to give them a small push in the direction of trying to understand themselves and what they want to achieve.

In the interviews, I will speak with others ranging from college students to postdocs and try to understand their path. How they decided their path, and what are the challenges they found when following these paths, as well as the lessons they learned.

For those interested in a more in-depth article on how to understand yourself, and pick your career, the post by Tim Urban. On his blog WaitButWhy is an incredible resource.

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