1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Career in research in physics after 14 yrs in IT

  1. Oct 5, 2015 #1
    I am into IT consulting for last 14 years after completing my B.Tech in Electrical Engineering. I have a dream since my childhood to build career in research in physics. The closest I came to my dream when I appeared for JSET-2001 and got interview call from RRI and IIA. I am planning to change my career for which I am planning to appear for the exams like GATE/JEST which is a pre-requisite for Ph D programmer in physics in most of top Indian Institutes like IISc, TIFR, IITs etc. Can you please guide me how to start with in achieving my dream. I have started brushing up the foundations in mathematical physics, quantum mechanics and electrodynamics.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 7, 2015 #2
    I am not sure of the situation in India. Institutions may be looking for younger students and younger new professors (so they can have long and illustrious careers). A few good standardized test scores may not make up for the fact that you haven't done any schooling or research in a very long time. You should consider abandoning the idea of being a career physicist. Claiming that you have "brushed up" will likely do you no good in getting accepted. If you must pursue it, take a part time job and move near a decent school. Ask professors if you can sit in on a class or find a way to take classes without being enrolled in a PhD program. After doing this you will have a better sense of whether you can overcome the barriers. You may find you have to be better than your fellow students in order to have a decent shot against them. Also, try not to bring up your age or exactly how long you have worked.
  4. Oct 7, 2015 #3


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Any worthwhile goal demands certain sacrifices to achieve. There will be pain, but, nothing like the pain of regret in not having given it a shot. Failure is always an option, age and opportunity are not. I say go for it. At worst you will have the comfort of having tried.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook