Georgia Rose Bladon

Freelance Science Communications

Georgia Rose Bladon

Physics and philosophy both teach you to analyse in different ways and, combined, those ways of thinking help in the breaking down of scientific ideas to something easily digestible but not dumbed down. Aside from the knowledge and skills, I also took from the degree a passion for physics, which I couldn't do my job without.

Physics with Philosophy (3 years) [BSc]

From: October 2008 to June 2011

My current work is at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) as a science journalism intern — involving everything from press releases to planetarium scripts — and as a science communication consultant for a project on communicating science through art.

My degree

Thinking about physics through both physics and philosophy simultaneously was a great way to expand my thinking, and the challenge of the course taught me the benefit of working hard. Most of all I enjoyed writing the dissertation and the opportunity to apply what I had learnt and follow my own train of thought.

After my degree, I completed a Masters in Science Communication at Imperial College London, and built up a bank of contacts. Since then, I have worked on a variety of projects both for big organisations like the Wellcome Trust and with individuals ranging from scientists to artists.

Studying at Manchester

Although I do use physics concepts in my work at ESO, the best thing I took away from the degree was how to think. Physics and philosophy both teach you to analyse in different ways and, combined, those ways of thinking help in the breaking down of scientific ideas to something easily digestible but not dumbed down. Aside from the knowledge and skills, I also took from the degree a passion for physics, which I couldn't do my job without.

Student life

Work hard but make sure you enjoy what you are doing, and that you leave time to pursue things outside of your studies. These things will add to what you do and in the end will probably be just as valuable to you as the degree itself.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

Don't let anyone tell you that just because you did physics all you can be is a physicist, an engineer or a banker (although if you do want to be those things it is probably a good place to start!).

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