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    Two weeks ago i decided start and Open University course. One week ago I decided to study BSc Natural Science (Physics). This week I have now considered Engineering and Computing & IT...

    I'm not set on a certain career I want after finishing a degree. I want something well paid and that i enjoy like everyone else I'm sure. I've looked at Teaching, Research and Software Developer. There are aspects I enjoy in each of these fields.

    I have been reading up tons of information about all three of these subjects. I was dead set on physics a week ago. but after reading into the course details and looking at posts and replies on this forums I feel the lack of practical lab work would limit my options for career prospects with careers in research etc.

    I looked at engineering because of the similarity with physics. I know they are completely different subjects but the similarities are abundant. I feel the course would give me more job opportunities in the end due to some residential school modules. But this most likely steers away from research.

    Computing & IT I would consider as my "safety choice" I am good with IT and know a fair bit in terms of software development. And I believe businesses are crying out for software developers (Could be wrong).

    I know this question is ultimately a question I have to ask myself and decide. But some advice would be greatly appreciated.

    So I done Physics with Open University and it open a wide range of opportunities for me, I won't write it all here but feel free to message me if your curious. I have now gone on to do a specialised engineering masters degree. In my final year of studying the Physics degree I managed to get a job in the Electrical engineering sector off the back of doing the level 3 electromagnetism course and having an interest in that area. I have found the physics degree was far more interesting and challenging than the engineering masters. I could have not done the masters and easily got better job but I choose the masters to give me an edge in my chosen sector. Also note to get a 'scientist' job you need a PhD and I really can't be bothered with spending another 4 years grinding that out.

    In my view the best engineering degrees are electrical/electronic and mechanical for the 'hands on' approach to teaching. You won't get this with Open University so I assume Open University engineering degrees are weak in comparison. Note a lot of jobs do state they will take physics with suitable experience. But theres probably someone out there who's done a engineering degree with open university and got a lot of opportunities out of it that will totally go against what I've just said.

    I question whether a computer engineering degree is worth it, You can self teach a coding language alongside a different degree. I find it boring and physics much more interesting, but you may not.

    Open Uni degree is a long haul and many drop out from lack of motivation alongside jobs, so my advice is pick something that interests you as you will likely see it through.

    The crunch line is this, an open university degree is not going to get you a better job on its own. I'd argue physics is the better option because it gives broader options. Its part time study and you should expect to try and get a related low level job by the time you are studying the level 3 modules so you can get better job once the degree is completed.
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