Currently I am in my final semester of bachelors degree in physics. At the start of this semester I had 3 favorable options to pursue further studies in geophysics, condensed matter or accelerator science. So I planned to try doing a bit of work in all them. So I chose to do my final semester project on condensed matter in computational molecular dynamics to see whats it like. I didn't like it and I have ruled out to pursue further studies in condensed matter (still continuing the project). As a part of the university curriculum Ive been doing a student work placement at synchrotron in accelerator physics I like the work and the environment is nice and they have master projects there available. I know the people there and I think I have one foot in the door (more like a toe) since my work there has impressed them I think. Heaps of students from alot of universities come and go here to do experiments/experience so I would assume its highly competitive. Now for geophysics, I have meet a professor in geophysics to arrange a project I can work on in summer vacation to see what it is like. Now the issues I have; It takes me almost a 3 hr commute to synchrotron and I cant afford to get a place nearby. I don't like to travel, don't think anybody does. A scholarship wont even come close to covering expenses. I am also not sure if I can get a position, even if I complete a masters or PhD research projects there. If I pursue this option, is a career in high energy physics flexible? Can I get a job in a related field, perhaps radiation protection? It is highly completive? With geophysics at the moment industry need them, I haven't tried geophysics yet but I know I would like it since I've been doing some reading. Mining/Oil industry has fluctuated alot lately (in 20 years) and the job requires me to work in remote areas which isn't fun. I know thats alot of reading above, if I can get you guys opinion on this any contributions will help this decision will effect the outcome of my life LOL.