Switching courses for career prospects Watch

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Hi, I am about to study physics at a decent university although I dont believe my career lies in this as I dont want to go into research or teaching. I am aware that physics students tend to go into finance, software or even some engineering schemes(the small amount available), however, I keep wondering what is the point in learning all of this information about physics if in 10 years time I will have forgotten it.

People keep telling me "to prove that you can learn it" or that by doing physics I will learn other skills such as programming etc but I keep thinking that I will constantly have to twist and explain to my employers why my degree is useful which is something I dont want to do. Even though I believe I am interested in physics I keep thinking that it would be better to do a more vocational degree with a more direct career path such as engineering. I find engineering somewhat interesting and feel as if I can find interest in the usefulness of the information if I get bored. I also believe it will help me worry less on what I want to do as most engineering student become engineers (unlike physics).I still dont know what I want to do but I dont want to be in a position in which im scrambling for graduate schemes because Im desperate for work

Therefore, I wanted to ask whether anyone had been in a similar situation and whether you thought it was stupid to even think about changing courses before Ive even started not because of a lack of interest but more so a panic about career prospects
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I had a similar problem with a Chemistry degree. To stay in the field was very low paid without a PhD, but more vocational jobs were less interested in the degree. Having one was the selling point and I don't think I ever got quizzed on what I did or why I did it (although they are always pretty easy answers to adjust to the circumstances). I do agree that it can be more useful to graduate with a job-specific qualification but you could argue that then you are limited to what you can apply for. If you have a civil engineering degree it would be more difficult to find something outside of that field as you are specifically qualified for one area. Physics has a lot of interesting skills with mental acumen, problem-solving and so on which any employer will value. Your education is never the deciding factor in what job you will get unless it's something very specific (you couldn't be a dentist without a dentistry qualification for example). If the company you are applying to like you and think you will be a good fit they will hire you regardless so do the subject you will enjoy the most, it's a long 3 years and liking what you do will get you better grades.
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