So I'm a little stuck. When I heard of a career as a researcher or academic, I jumped on it. Working at University and controlling my workload? Helping young uni undergrads to learn physics? Spending a few years at CERN at a specialist in particle physics? The idea really appealed to me. Now, I worry a lot more. Academic publishing looks like a huge exercise in frustration and I don't actually know WHAT life is like as an academic. I then began to consider life in industry. R&D, project development and that sort of thing. But then again, I don't know what THIS is like either! Then I read about people who got their PhD, and then completely bunked physics and went into a discipline where it helped somewhat. This would be easier to find if I wanted to, energy, government work etc. And yet, I'm still in secondary school. (UK). I haven't even started college. Should I wait and talk to the professors and career advisers there?