If you live in the beautiful state of Nevada and aspire to a career as a forensic scientist, then you need to make sure, not only that you get the right kind of training and education, but that you are the right kind of person for the job. A job in the forensic science field is challenging and demanding.
Plus, it often forces workers to deal with difficult and sometimes dark and depressing subjects. Not everyone can handle it and, if you can’t, you shouldn’t see this as a personal deficit or feel ashamed.
It is much better to realize this now, before you have spent countless amounts of time, money, and effort on pursuing the career, than it is to realize it on the job, after it is too late to do anything but quit and shake off your losses.
As mentioned above ,forensic scientists are often asked to deal with death and other dark subjects. As a result, forensic scientists need to be mentally and emotionally stable. They should also be capable of leaving their work at work at the end of the day.
Not being able to create distance between yourself and your job is a real problem in this field and can lead to getting burnt out quickly and to experiencing undue amounts of stress, which is not healthy.
Furthermore, forensic scientists need to be individuals who pay a lot of close attention to detail. They need to be ethical and honest, capable of dealing appropriately and professionally with law enforcement figures, respectful of others, and able to work well and efficiently or as part of a team. Some of these skills come with the job and with experience, but you still need to be the right kind of person from the start.
If you are unsure of what qualities you possess, sit down somewhere quiet and by yourself, and do a little honest self assessment. If you truly are honest with yourself, you will likely find that you have both faults and positive traits.
Don’t beat yourself up about where you fall short, but simply ask yourself if these are things you can change. If so, develop a plan for changing them, and if not, then reconsider your interest in the field. Don’t forget to feel good about the good qualities and traits you do have either.
The only real way to know for sure how you will actually be when you get on the job is to test the waters. Try to arrange a job shadowing experience, ideally at a position you would like to one day have. Better yet, apply for an internship where you can actually try out doing some of the work associated with a forensic science career.
At the very least, you are going to want to observe someone in the workplace or speak to a professional in the field for advice and to ask questions. The more you know, the more aware of your own strengths and weaknesses you will be.