• Question: Do you face any promblems in your job?

    Asked by sunaina to Yee Whye, Valerie, Nick, Mackenzie, Lin, Jun, Jacob, Brian on 9 Nov 2019.
    • Photo: Jacob Leygonie

      Jacob Leygonie answered on 9 Nov 2019:

      Of course! Not every day is perfect.

      Sometimes you just happen to realise that you have worked so hard on something that is useless, wrong or even worse in research, already done (in better) by others. Or you may have relational problems inside your research department (this phenomenon could happen in a company or in another job also of course).

      But this is particularly because not all days are white than the white ones are shining!

    • Photo: Valerie Bradley

      Valerie Bradley answered on 9 Nov 2019:

      All the time! A large part of research is trying new things that don’t always work, and days when ideas that I was excited about don’t actually come together or work the way I’d hoped are really tough. But it makes it that much better when an idea or experiment does work! And that thrill is part of what I love about the work 🙂
      I also think that sometimes I miss working with a team the way that I did in my previous job before I came back to graduate school. Though I work with a group here, we’re all mostly working on independent projects, so there aren’t as many people to share in the hard times, and in the successes!

    • Photo: Yee Whye Teh

      Yee Whye Teh answered on 9 Nov 2019:

      Of course 🙂 Research is about exploring the unknown, and there are always lots of trial and error. It’s satisfying when you finally get it right though!