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  • terminalterror 23 Sep 2008 16:10:28 18,937 posts
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    Having recently graduated with a masters degree in physics, I'm now in the perilous situation of having to try and decide on a career.

    I was hoping some of you opinionated lot could chip in with random advice. The odd bit of sensible advice in the sea of comical suggestions involving cracked.com links would be nice :)

    If it helps, I'm flexible on location.


    go!
  • souljah 23 Sep 2008 16:11:55 4,701 posts
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    CERN!


    GO GO GO!
  • terminalterror 23 Sep 2008 16:14:19 18,937 posts
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    souljah wrote:
    CERN!


    GO GO GO!

    Maybe not when I graduated bottom of my yeargroup with a 2:2 :p

    An 2:2 MPhys from Oxford isn't too shabby, but isn't really further research material.

    That is one of the few things (along with teaching) I've ruled out anyway.
  • souljah 23 Sep 2008 16:17:20 4,701 posts
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    Oh. Ok. Hmmm.

    B&Q!

    GO GO GO!

    ;)

    What about your degree interested you the most?
  • Latin 23 Sep 2008 16:19:20 3,603 posts
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    terminalterror wrote:
    souljah wrote:
    CERN!


    GO GO GO!

    Maybe not when I graduated bottom of my yeargroup with a 2:2 :p

    An 2:2 MPhys from Oxford isn't too shabby, but isn't really further research material.

    That is one of the few things (along with teaching) I've ruled out anyway.

    Isn't masters graded in terms of Pass, Merit and Distinction? If you get a pass then it doesn't really matter.
  • TechnoHippy 23 Sep 2008 16:20:34 14,698 posts
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    Can you program?

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  • catterz 23 Sep 2008 16:20:58 8,763 posts
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    2:2 is a lower, shhhh.

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  • Ginger 23 Sep 2008 16:21:29 6,827 posts
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    When I got my 2:2 physics BSc I had a look at the IOP further courses to specialise (in telecoms as it happens) through an MSc. Not sure if that route appeals to you?

    Otherwise sensors research, financial markets (probably not much going at the minute). To be honest, any company looking for technical skills will look at you so the world is your oyster... Any software skills with that degree?

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  • CosmicFuzz 23 Sep 2008 16:21:47 23,354 posts
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    Latin wrote:
    terminalterror wrote:
    souljah wrote:
    CERN!


    GO GO GO!

    Maybe not when I graduated bottom of my yeargroup with a 2:2 :p

    An 2:2 MPhys from Oxford isn't too shabby, but isn't really further research material.

    That is one of the few things (along with teaching) I've ruled out anyway.

    Isn't masters graded in terms of Pass, Merit and Distinction? If you get a pass then it doesn't really matter.

    I think if the masters is part of the 4-year course then it's all grouped under the 1st/2:1/2:2 etc.

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  • catterz 23 Sep 2008 16:22:08 8,763 posts
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    So, basically, you've spent 3/4 years at Uni and now you're looking for a job which doesn't relate to your studies...

    ...how's your burger-flipping?

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  • CosmicFuzz 23 Sep 2008 16:22:29 23,354 posts
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    What about finance?

    Can video games be a force for good? My latest article says yes!

  • askew 23 Sep 2008 16:26:07 12,060 posts
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    Psychic
  • kalel 23 Sep 2008 16:26:36 86,420 posts
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    Life isnít an RPG, you donít decide on your career path and then stick to it forever. I wouldnít worry too much. Read some job ads and apply to stuff that sounds interesting to you. See where it takes you.

    I started off temping just for the work/cash, and from there gradually discovered other things to do until I eventually worked out what I actually wanted to do.
  • catterz 23 Sep 2008 16:28:04 8,763 posts
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    I still don't know where I want to be. I've kind of just floated into my current job, and I'm quite happy here. Today marks the end of my probationary period too, and I'm eager to see a contract to sign.

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  • Lutz 23 Sep 2008 16:31:47 48,854 posts
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    I knew 2 people with Physics degrees back in 1998. One had a 2:1, the other a first. Neither one could find a job, and both were full time bar men. They were either over qualified, or under qualified.

    Made me quit uni. Well, that and it was shit too.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 23 Sep 2008 16:32:32 25,430 posts
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    Become a mad professor.
  • nickthegun 23 Sep 2008 16:34:02 58,897 posts
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    The nuclear industry, specifically Risk Management. You could walk into a job.

    If you are interested PM me and i will give you the name of someone you can email to get you started.

    I see you went to oxford, this company is in abingdon.

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  • Spanky 23 Sep 2008 16:34:18 14,458 posts
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    Designer of SkyPie FTL Drives for Space Fleet?

    Plubs

  • catterz 23 Sep 2008 16:34:44 8,763 posts
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    Homer Simpson?

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  • StarchildHypocrethes 23 Sep 2008 16:36:14 25,430 posts
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    Was reading in the Times yesterday that Japanese firms are now seriously looking into the development of Space Elevators \o/ You have to join one of these teams.
  • consignia 23 Sep 2008 16:36:31 1,433 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Life isnít an RPG, ....

    What? So all that time I spent killing animals in the park was wasted? I knew something was fishy when I didn't get stronger or richer.

    ....

    Seriously, I'd just do blanket applications for Graduate positions. They're usually so generic you can do pretty much anything the company offers anyway.
  • Latin 23 Sep 2008 16:37:11 3,603 posts
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    Work for a weapons manufacturing company and design a rail gun like in Eraser.
  • otto Moderator 23 Sep 2008 16:37:47 49,298 posts
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    Invent a time machine and use it to travel back to the mid 1980s when you could have got a great job. \o/

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  • catterz 23 Sep 2008 16:39:20 8,763 posts
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    consignia wrote:
    kalel wrote:
    Life isnít an RPG, ....

    What? So all that time I spent killing animals in the park was wasted? I knew something was fishy when I didn't get stronger or richer.
    It's because they were too low level. You'll only get xp from tigers, brazilian wandering spiders and Ross Kemp.

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  • Shinji 23 Sep 2008 16:39:41 5,903 posts
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    If you can code, a LOT of games companies are very interested in talking to people with decent physics qualifications.
  • kalel 23 Sep 2008 16:44:57 86,420 posts
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    Also, legal firms are always very keen to take on people with scientific backgrounds. There are so many areas of law which require a good understanding of all kinds of sciences, but the vast majority of people that go into law studied humanities (I think most scientist just donít think to go into law).

    Lots of cash to made in this field, if that appeals anyway. Interesting work too. My other half (biologist) took this route.
  • Chopsen 23 Sep 2008 16:45:32 15,731 posts
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    Boring middle class graduate job advice mode.....engage!

    "Chartered accountant"
  • TechnoHippy 23 Sep 2008 16:46:43 14,698 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    Was reading in the Times yesterday that Japanese firms are now seriously looking into the development of Space Elevators \o/ You have to join one of these teams.

    /Please lord may they build one of these in my lifetime.

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  • LeoliansBro 23 Sep 2008 16:46:48 43,266 posts
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    Do something ridiculous. You can always get a job in an office if it doesn't pan out.

    I recommend Criminal Mastermind.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • LeoliansBro 23 Sep 2008 16:47:26 43,266 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    Boring middle class graduate job advice mode.....engage!

    "Chartered accountant"

    Big four need a 2:1.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

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