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    I have never known what to do with my life.

    I am 24 and have a 1:1 BSc in Physics, but am stumped as to which direction to take. I chose the subject due to interest but also due to lack of direction, as I was aware the Degree can be valued in varible situations. I am not largely motivated by money.

    I am more than competent socially, but am a geek at heart, and since finishing Uni I have regressed to working part time and spending the remainder practising advanced mathematics. I do have a keen interest in sound physics, but most jobs in that sector tend to be allocated on a 'who you know' rather than a 'what you know basis'.

    Not quite sure what to expect in terms of a reply to this ambigous question, but it feels better just writing it down.

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    Rule the world.
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    (Original post by hoffman11)
    I have never known what to do with my life.

    I am 24 and have a 1:1 BSc in Physics, but am stumped as to which direction to take. I chose the subject due to interest but also due to lack of direction, as I was aware the Degree can be valued in varible situations. I am not largely motivated by money.

    I am more than competent socially, but am a geek at heart, and since finishing Uni I have regressed to working part time and spending the remainder practising advanced mathematics. I do have a keen interest in sound physics, but most jobs in that sector tend to be allocated on a 'who you know' rather than a 'what you know basis'.

    Not quite sure what to expect in terms of a reply to this ambigous question, but it feels better just writing it down.

    What's a 1:1? methinks you not real bro.
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    (Original post by Dirac Delta Function)
    What's a 1:1? methinks you not real bro.
    1:1 = first. And yes, 1:1 is a real term, although not commonly used.
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    (Original post by snowing)
    1:1 = first. And yes, 1:1 is a real term, although not commonly used.
    which uni uses it?
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    Try your careers service? Try companies' websites that hire physicists (e.g. NASA)? Do you want to even do something physics related? Do a PhD/masters if you want to?
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    (Original post by Dirac Delta Function)
    which uni uses it?
    I don't know, I don't keep a list of which universities do, but I have come across the term 1:1 when researching MSc courses.
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    Get a real job...earn some money...have childern...dont let them do physics at university....and die.OK?
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    (Original post by Swayum)
    Try your careers service? Try companies' websites that hire physicists (e.g. NASA)? Do you want to even do something physics related? Do a PhD/masters if you want to?
    Fairly irrelevant fact but only Americans can work in the space sector in the USA, even private companies can't hire foreigners. :dontknow:
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    I'd definitely try and get a doctorate, aiming my research at a field in which I'd eventually like a job. With a 1:1 you'll definitely be able to study for one, there's help on finding postgraduate placements here.
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    You could always teach it. If you have a degree in anything math-related, Sarah Cameron will personally suck your **** if you go into teaching. They're like "OMFG HE CAN DO MATH GET HIM IN A CLASSROOM NAO!"

    Honest.

    Okay maybe I lied about the cocksucking bit, but the rest of it is pretty much spot on.

    If you don't fancy teaching, try post-grad in a specific field of physics that you're interested in. You have a 1:1 in one of the most desirable subjects there is. There's not a lot you can't do, tbh.
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    Thanks @ilickbatteries @nochance @maskofsanity @swayum
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    Ashley Banjo from Diversity!!

    He did physics at uni tooo
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    Defo a postgrad and maybe a reseacher at a place like CERN
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    Teach :mmm:
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    If you are really stuck for ideas head into finance. I've heard the maths skills from degrees like physics are highly sought after
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    (Original post by ilickbatteries)
    You could always teach it. If you have a degree in anything math-related, Sarah Cameron will personally suck your **** if you go into teaching. They're like "OMFG HE CAN DO MATH GET HIM IN A CLASSROOM NAO!"
    D'you mean Samantha Cameron? The other one was Sarah Brown. I doubt that either have a penchant for mass-fellatio, however.
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    (Original post by hoffman11)
    I am 24 and have a 1:1 BSc in Physics, but am stumped as to which direction to take. I chose the subject due to interest but also due to lack of direction, as I was aware the Degree can be valued in varible situations. I am not largely motivated by money.
    My brother went into programming from his physics degree. Physics is well regarded in that field I think.

    But I'm sure there is a lot you could do with it, there aren't that many other 1st physics grads for you to compete with (relatively) and it's a strong degree - so you're in a good position really.

    You might want to page through the employment section of the new scientist magazine.
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      (Original post by Mithra)
      Fairly irrelevant fact but only Americans can work in the space sector in the USA, even private companies can't hire foreigners. :dontknow:
      Woah, woah, woah - really?

      What about universities like Harvard and Princeton and that?

      :eek:
     
     
     
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