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What to do to become a scientist?

I want to become a scientist in chemistry. i like chemistry a lot. How should i proceed my career then. i have completed my 10+2 board exams. Now I am going to do btech mechanical or EEE under my parents interest and little mine. Can you please guide how should I proceed my career now???

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    Jun 18 2013: Hello Tarun,

    the crucial thing to become a scientist is to stay curious all the time. Chemistry especially is a field of try and error. Just try out putting things together (maybe add a little fire^^). If you want motivation and deep philosophical insight how to become a scientist I can recommend you to watch Richard Feynman:

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/pleasure-finding-things-out/

    I don't know what kind of access you have to institutions like Colleges/Universities, but if thats a problem try using some of the great MOOC Platforms like:

    http://i.imgur.com/beXSfOU.jpg

    With these platforms you have access to very high level education on nearly every subject you can imagine. I can't evaluate edX but I am doing my 5th coursera course these days and it's great because it's so flexible. This option is also usable if your parents will force you to do some mecanical or EEE subject.
    But even if that happens don't bother with it too much. Because the education on engineering is based on nature science, so you will also start with having mathematics, physics and of course chemistry even if you do mechanical or EEE because you have to know the laws of nature to utilize them properly. After that you can specialise in subjects that are highly correlated to chemistry like material science (mechanical) or the whole subject of nanotechnology (EEE and mechanical). If you got a degree (and hopefully your parents are pleased) and you are still determined to become a full fledged chemist you can change from engineer who knows a lot about chemistry to chemist who knows a lot about engenieering and maybe write your PhD in chemistry.

    The only things you need to take that path are DETERMINATION and CURIOUSITY. If you got that all the time you will find a way.

    I hope that was helpful.
    • Jun 19 2013: Thanks very much..... It was very helpful. I will continue happily with mechanical or EEE and then do a specialization for my masters a course related to chemistry. Thanks a lot !!
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    Jun 17 2013: Does this mean you are starting college now to study chemistry?
    • Jun 18 2013: no. I am starting college with mechanical or EEE. Can i proceed with chemistry after this. Now i cant change these disciplines. I have to continue with this only.
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    Jun 20 2013: First of all,being honest.Then patiently study,explore,study,explore,study,explore……
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    Jun 19 2013: To feel discontent about what science has yet found out and a desire to find out more. Also to live without not knowing few things.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1RqTP5Unr4
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    Jun 18 2013: Hello to the soon-to-be scientist :)

    Science programs are different from country to country as far as I know, I guess you have or may be finishing your high-school? Pardon me if I were wrong.

    Mathematics is tool of science and so for chemistry, please do calculus and statistics when you are able to take the course. Talk to your advisors, they should be able to suggest you when you should take them; For my country we do it on our first and second year of undergrad, respectively.

    Now it depends on what do you want to do next? What is your future career or what do you want to research during postgrad degree. Taking some specific disciplines would make your life easier for further studies, although it's not a strict rule.

    Science is interesting, yet sometime it can be tough. Please keep up to date, there are plenty of science publications and encyclopaedia free to read online. Also, practice and patient make perfect. If you love it, go for it! Good luck :)
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    Jun 18 2013: Well, have you studied chemistry before? If not, you have to take some basic chemistry course.

    What sort of job do you eventually want to have in chemistry?

    Would it be okay with your parents if you changed to chemistry? Chemistry sounds like a good field of study, it should be as good as btech mechanical or EEE, shouldn't it, in terms of getting a job?
    • Jun 18 2013: I want to do research in chemistry.

      and my parents wont be okay at this moment to change to chemistry. I have to do mechanical or EEE.
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        Jun 19 2013: Why do your parents care? Doing chemistry research sounds like a good career. I would think you could make a decent salary doing chemistry research.
  • Jun 17 2013: Take math and science in school. Look opportunities, perhaps with professional societies, perhaps one in your country. Many have outreach and mentoring opportunities for students.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chemistry_societies

    Here is a neat talk:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/laura_snyder_the_philosophical_breakfast_club.html

    Learn about the different aspects of the subject:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemistry