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Confused ! Engineering Vc physics

  1. Nov 24, 2008 #1
    Confused! Physics Vs Engineering

    Hi

    I’m currently studying Civil Engineering; I like the aspect of working after graduating in a Eng company – consultancy.
    I Personally find studying Eng ok (not bad) because the amount of detail we spend on theories is too low, I can't describe.
    Before, I wanted to do physics or engineering. I decide to do Eng, because of getting a job with physics degree is harder than Eng also family pressure.
    I differently like physics more than any science knowledge; I think studying physics at uni is difficult (more than any science) .

    It inspirers me when finding out about the laws that govern us (the universe) - is so complex and they all fit in together.

    I didn’t achieve good grads at A-level (two years before uni - High school) didn’t concentrate, whent to a bad High school, started practising for exams too late.

    I’m planning to do Physics after I graduate Eng. I don’t know if I should go to a good or normal uni? Or even If I should go ahead with studying physics? how would i get the money?

    What do you guys think? any suggestions?


    Ps. 18, from England.

    regards
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008
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  3. Nov 24, 2008 #2
    Hey Matrix,
    Sorry that I cant really lend any advice, but I was just commenting on how I am in a very similar situation. I am still in my senior high school year and like you, physics is what I really want to go to study for. However, especially with recent economic issues (here in the U.S., not sure if it is as bad in England) engineering seems like the safe choice. From looking around on this forum alot on this topic it seems that if you do any of the four main engineering that a graduate study of physics is possible but hard and some courses will have to be made up. I hope you can do what you really want to. I am still facing a hard decision, but hopefully i'll make up my mind soon.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Nov 25, 2008 #3
    Physics is a long career path.

    There is a glut in PhD and MSc physics graduates, which means graduate school has become an expectation and the value of having a post-grad degree has lowered.

    If you want to be an academic or researcher at a university, after you get your PhD (when your 25?) it can take 6-10 years of post-doc work before you get tenure(i.e. full time job) at whatever uni is willing to take you. And you have to drag your understanding wife and kids along with you.
     
  5. Nov 25, 2008 #4
    I do not mean to hijack the thread, but perhaps the OP will find it useful as well. What about other sciences such as being a math major? Is that an easier path than physics? or are most pure sciences that way.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2008 #5
    Perhaps you should try a different field of engineering. Not sure if civil is different in England but the US, but here it concentrates on structures.

    Try taking a look at mechanical engineering and focus on heat/work exchange/transfer. Perhaps Nuclear engineering (though jobs in that field are slim).
     
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