Felipe Guapo - “Overcoming your expectations – The pursuit for a career in Science”

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Felipe Guapo

My name is Felipe Guapo, I am a 23 year old Brazilian science graduate and I have just begun my time abroad living in Ireland.

As this is my first time blogging, I think I should start this post by introducing myself. My name is Felipe Guapo, I am a 23 year old Brazilian science graduate and I have just begun my time abroad living in Ireland.

Felipe Maynooth University South campus Castle

Maynooth South Campus Chapel

The main reason why I have chosen the topic of careers in science for this blog is because I hope that my post might be accessible, encouraging and somewhat inspirational to any of my fellow young scientists that may come across it. I hope that by sharing the highs and lows, fears and hopes and genuine experiences associated with moving my life across the world in pursuit of my research career, that this blog could be of some use to any other aspiring researchers who have an interest in studying abroad.

I started my career studying biology at the “Universidade Federal de São Carlos”, Brazil. Back then, just like every first year student, I had no idea where my study of biology would take me.  The one thing I did know was that I had absolutely no regrets about choosing biology as a study and career option as I have always been fascinated by science and nature. Nevertheless, the way was not always easy and a series of unexpected events completely changed the road I once thought I would follow.

Felipe Photoshoot taken by the Guia Irlanda Team

Lab Photoshoot - Taken by the Guia Irlanda team

To those used to research and academic progression, doing a Masters and a PhD after your degree seems like the most logical choice. But what most people do not talk about is of the series of questions and uncertainties that drives this whole process. Deciding on a career that may take 10 years of your life is not easy, especially a career that is so poorly understood by society, that insists on addressing these professionals who are experts in their own fields of study as students. I chose that road, and although my history is pretty short, as I am only at the beginning of my research journey I can say with confidence that my expectations have all been by far overcome.

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