You don't have to be a straight-A student to succeed
I'm going to let you in on a secret: I left school with a C, D and an E in maths, physics and chemistry A levels. I wasn’t an academic genius by any stretch. But since leaving school, I’ve never stopped studying. Once you’re passionate about and can direct your energy towards something, it helps you to focus.
Personality and character count
Two pillars make up your ability to perform well and to achieve your potential. Academic skills help, but you’ll need personality and character to take you all the way. Extra-curricular activities that help to develop your personality give you the other pillar.
STEM is great - but so is geography!
The European Space Agency looks for a degree (or over 1,000 flying hours) but doesn't specify in which subject; it doesn’t have to be a science-based degree, it could be politics or geography. I wish I’d studied languages at school. All astronauts have to speak Russian, and I started trying to speak it when I was 37! French and German are also commonly spoken at the space station.
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