Advice for Starting a Science Career at 25?


Hi, I am a 25-year-old first-year college student looking for a bit of advice. I am majoring in computer science and am required to take certain core science subjects as part of my degree. I didn’t think I’d enjoy these papers much, but I have really started to gravitate towards science subjects.

I have since started watching a lot of neuroscience and physics lectures online, which I have really grown a passion for. I have started to read a lot of science-related books, and am considering switching my major to biology or psychology, which would then allow me to go on to do a master's in neuroscience. I truly want this and I don’t care about money. I just want to be a researcher working in a lab with other scientists. I feel as though I have found something I can see myself doing till the day I die.

I am however feeling a bit behind at my age, and really wish my high school science classes weren’t so tedious because back then I had no interest in science whatsoever. I was hoping that some of you who have started their science career later in life could give me a bit of advice and share your experiences? How have things been for you and are you satisfied regardless of getting off to a late start? I would really love to hear from you all. Cheers!


Hey mate, while I haven't yet made the change myself, I'm in a similar situation to yours, and I'm 31!!

Don't let your age stop you from achieving what you want. My advice is:

  • Make sure you have no outstanding commitments (of any kind) or blockers that could affect your career change.

  • Make (more than one) a plan, If you want to go back to school make sure that you have the resources to sustain yourself. Otherwise, identify a work trajectory that would provide you with the skills and industry experience that you need for the change. Get in touch with people in the industry who can advise you.

  • Most importantly, put yourself in the most stable situation (both financial and emotional). Find an accommodation in which you can stay for long enough time, find hobbies that will help you to get distracted when things will get frustrating, because there's a high chance that they will at some point. Make sure you have a support network of friends and family.

Then, do it! Don't live your life miserably please.

I'm about to leave a career as a Data / Business Analyst in tech for one in Engineering and I'm scared but excited. I've tried to change before but I had commitments and wasn't in a stable enough situation, and that hindered my efforts.

I wish you all the best for the future!

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