Hello, first I'd like to say that this is an awesome forum, secondly, I'd like some insight into what I have planned for myself. I have an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, I'm 27, I've been working on different infrastructure projects since graduating and I currently work for the UN developing sustainable infrastructure & shelter solutions in crisis. I'm not sure where I want my career to end up but I aspire to be a scientist, in the theoretical domain perhaps (theoretical physics...) but I have an open mind. I plan to do so according to the following steps, your insight into the bellow is most appreciated: Step 1: Quit my job in 2 months time Step 2: Obtain a certificate in Data Science (full-time over 3 months) Step 3: Obtain a certificate in Theoretical Physics (2-week concentrated program) Step 4: Start a masters in Computational Mathematics (I've already received my acceptance) *time elapses* Step 5: Finish a masters in Computational Mathematics Step 6: Depending on financial situation, either find job (development, consultancies, research...) or continue on to a PhD either in Theoretical Physics, Computational Sciences (Data, Mathematics...)... That's the rough outline for now. Does any of the above seem out of place ? Cheers.