Testimonies

What people that now work in Science communication have to say about their experiences.

JobsForAstronomers: What is your current job?
Mike L: Science journalist

JobsForAstronomers: What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
Mike L: Extremely high

JobsForAstronomers: What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
Mike L: There are no set qualifications. I have no science degree, for example; I simply have an enormous interest in science and a reasonably strong writing ability. That's not enough, however, to get a job, so I got started by getting a master's degree in journalism, which got me admitted to the club. Others, however, have begun without a degree, by getting small assignments from obscure media outlets to start with, then building on that to get better and better assignments

JobsForAstronomers: What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
Mike L: My master's degree got me the opportunity to perform my duties, but it only provided a minimum of training. The bulk of the training happened on the job

JobsForAstronomers: What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
Mike L: Never held an academic position, since it's not relevant to what I do