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    Hey there, my names Alex and I was wondering if anyone on here could help me with something thats been pestering me for a while.

    Basically, I've just come to the end of my first year at uni doing a degree in Physics and I've gotta say its been ok. But I don't thoroughly enjoy my subject.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not depressed by it, and theres elements of the course that do interest me (probably astronomy more than others), but I really can't see myself doing a post-grad course in anything physics related, or going for a physics-based career option.

    I know what you're thinking, why do the degree in the first place? Well generally, I've never been entirely certain of what I want to do and what I'll necessarily enjoy. I'm quite open-minded and I don't like to limit my options.

    Maths has always been my strongest subject, not that I enjoy it most but I'm good with numbers and I do think quite logically. However, I'm also quite interested in humanities subjects and people on my course view me as a very unusual 'physicist' lol. I did an MOMD (module outside the main discipline) in Psychology during my first year and actually found that very interesting and I have always kinda been interested in how people think.

    So my dilemna is this, should I stick out the remaining 2 years of my physics degree (of which I don't have too much of a problem with, but it kinda 50% captures my interest) or just start a-fresh with a different degree (maybe Psychology?), which I may enjoy a lot more. I have heard a lot of physics graduates can become really employable though, for the analytical skills they pick up, and this motivates me to carry on going with my degree so far.

    I'm a very determined person, and I'd rise to a challenge to achieve what I want. If it helps I got A levels:
    Maths A
    Physics A
    Chemistry B
    History B (but painfully close to an A)

    Sorry for such an essay of a dilemna, I'm just trying to cover all sides of each argument I've considered. Not sure if I'm quite portrayed how I'm feeling properly here, but any opinions would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
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    psychology's? - no offense intended but - psychology?

    There are lot of degrees like "physics and philosophy" etc - i think they do that at oxford - or like philosophy and science etc.


    Do you really see yourself being a psychologist - (from a very naive and ignorant viewpoint here - what can you actually do with a degree in psychology?)

    Wouldnt it be better just to finish off your physics while taken modules in psychology - is it jsut a small interest or do you see yourself doing psychology for the rest of your life
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    lol, no offence taken

    Thats kinda whats getting me.
    In terms of what I can do with my degree, I've heard Physics is indeed very useful.

    You have a good point, I've seen quite a few MSci courses that I could do after my BSc that merge gaps between subjects.

    Psychology, I can't say if I want to be a psychologist for the rest of my life, it is something that really does interest me though. I can tell you with certainty though that I don't want to be a Physicist for the rest of my life. I'm just not really that person and I feel like I'm just 'using' my degree for what it can obtain, rather than fully enjoying the degree itself.

    It feels slightly wrong lol, but I still enjoy the degree (to an extent) and I only have another 2 years so maybe its more sensible (definately from a financial perspective) to just finish off this degree and pursue something else like that later?
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    You say you enjoy about 50% of the course? And you aren't struggling with the work? You are probably better off just sticking to it, and then getting a job that you actually LIKE (you're hardly going to need to know everything you're learning now on a day to day basis). You would kick yourself if you leave to go to a course in which you think you would enjoy more, only to discover that you hate it a few months in. This is just my opinion, and as I don't know you in person I cannot tell you what to do as I can't tell how much you hate the subject, but before you do anything rash, I'd recommed that you try to do a bit of research on what job you'd like to do after you've finished the degree and maybe (assuming you have a little free time in the summer) try to get some work experience in the aspect that interests you (e.g, as you said, astronomy), who know, you may even enjoy what they do which would motivate you to get though your degree, or it might make you realise that physics is not for you and you'd be confident enough to leave without looking back thinking 'what if?'. Either way, it can't hurt.

    Hope I helped.
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    Stick with Physics. There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to engage with your interest in psychology or any other subject around Physics. In hindsight, I would have liked to study Maths/Physics/Engineering - although I'm not complaining with Economics.

    Psychology is one of those subjects that doesn't have much credibility to prospective employers.

    With Physics, you're well prepared to do further studies in Finance or Economics - which could be far more interesting than pure Physics or Maths.
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    Stick at it. The grass is always greener on the other side. If you've enjoyed 50% of your first year, in which students generally have to take a wide range of courses as a foundation rather than having the chance to specialise, then that's pretty good.
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    Actually that really helped a lot, thankyou

    Yeah, its hard to cover exactly how I'm feeling over a forum but I'm not one for making dramatic decisions like completely changing my degree, I'd prefer the more sensible route. I don't even know if I would be able to change (so that I could start a different degree in September) anyway.

    I love it where I am and I've made loads of friends, I'm generally very happy here and already have accomodation for the 2nd year, so I think I'm swaying more towards the 'staying on' side of the argument.

    You mentioned work experience and I believe thats the key really, I'll try and get something at a later date.

    Thankyou for your help again!
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    Find out what you can switch to, I take it your uni has a combined honours programme of sorts that you can move into after first year (it might be called Natural Sciences) and do both subjects next year. Otherwise if you prefer Psychology, and are sure you would prefer a career in that area, make the switch. You are not going to do too well in a degree with a subject that you are growing to despise.
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    No problem, glad we were actually useful!
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    Wow, another 2 responses since I posted that.

    Thankyou both for your time, yes I believe staying on's probably the right choice for someone as indecisive as me lol

    And the 50% thing? What I kinda mean is that I like intellectual challenges and I like to learn about new scientific breakthroughs etc (LHC interests me) but I don't really have an active interest in physics outside of my degree (for example, I don't find physics magazines that interesting). Maybe thats not so wrong, but when you're in an environment full of proper 100% committed students who want to go on to do research/working in labs through their degree, you kinda feel that it is?

    I hope that made sense, thankyou for your opinions, I can honestly say that you're all really helping to put my mind at rest
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    'hopping mad kangeroo' thats an interesting point, I'll look into that,

    I've heard about NatSci, only problem is that I didn't do Biology at A level, and Chemistry I'm not soo fond of. But yeah, I think a bit of investigative work may be worthwhile to see what I could do, whilst keeping the physics intact.
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    (Original post by Albro1989)
    Wow, another 2 responses since I posted that.

    Thankyou both for your time, yes I believe staying on's probably the right choice for someone as indecisive as me lol

    And the 50% thing? What I kinda mean is that I like intellectual challenges and I like to learn about new scientific breakthroughs etc (LHC interests me) but I don't really have an active interest in physics outside of my degree (for example, I don't find physics magazines that interesting). Maybe thats not so wrong, but when you're in an environment full of proper 100% committed students who want to go on to do research/working in labs through their degree, you kinda feel that it is?

    I hope that made sense, thankyou for your opinions, I can honestly say that you're all really helping to put my mind at rest
    Just make very sure you explore every option before choosing one, get a piece of paper and list the pros and cons of each and then decide.
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    Ok, you guys are brilliant!

    This is my first time on TSR, and you all reply so fast.

    I won't be so quick on the replies now as I need my lunch and I'm off out to some student festival but I needed that input and I'm pretty sure I'll visit this site a lot more often now when I need help.

    Thank you
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    physics is insanely employable. you would be an idiot to transfer onto psychology if you think you can stick it out. do you know if its a BA or BSC psychology course at your uni? if its not bsc dont' even consider it. physics will take you anywhere that maths will, which is anywhere really. banking, accountancy, management. you could do conversions to law if you wanted...
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    I would stick at it, I'm now at the end of my second year of a Physics with Astronomy degree, and at the end of my first I was a bit like you, I couldn't really see much future in it for myself. But in the past year I have totally changed my mind - I'm probably switching to a more intensive astronomy course as well as looking into PhDs. Heck, I just finished my exams on thursday and on monday I'm starting a summer research placement with my tutor here at uni, so that probably gives you some idea of how much things can change in just a year.

    Physics is a fantastic degree to do even if you don't want to go into Physics afterwards; it opens up so many options. I really would stick at it if I were you.
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    Don't forget how expensive it would be to do a whole other year. Probably another 8 grand or so, all things considered.
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    The smart decision would be to stay with physics like many have talked about here, especially if you don't plan on going down the psychology route. It'll open more doors.

    Sucks that it is that way though. I really empathize with the situation... Strenght vs Interest

    A lecturer told me it was better to follow the former so he'd probably be agreeing with most advice given here.
 
 
 
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