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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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So you want to be an Astronaut

What do a sloth, hamster and the TV programme The Big Bang Theory have in common? They all turn the spotlight on astronauts, the profession in this week’s career memes.

It takes a certain kind of mental and physical fortitude to be an astronaut. Crew on the International Space Station, for example, spend months aboard the orbiting outpost (Cmdr Chris Hadfield has been there since December and he’ll be there until mid-May).

What characteristics would I need?
The European Space Agency (ESA) has outlined just what it takes: “The general characteristics expected of applicants include good reasoning capability and memory, concentration, aptitude for spatial orientation and manual dexterity. “An applicant’s personality should be characterised by high motivation, flexibility, gregariousness, empathy with fellow workers, a low level of aggressiveness and emotional stability. For long-term flights on the space station, ability to work as a team member in an intercultural environment is of high importance.”

What do you need?
The ESA and US space agency NASA require its candidates to pass a strict physical exam and undergo training for conditions and environments astronauts will encounter during launch, in space, and during landing. ESA and NASA astronauts should also have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics.

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