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Graduating this summer and clueless about field for master's

  1. Jan 31, 2015 #1
    Hello physicsforums,

    I am a 28 year-old undergrad physics student from a decent university in Turkey and I will be graduating this summer. My undergrad education has been a bit problematic at first so it took me this long to graduate but I achieved a very good GPA and I am currently looking at possible master's programs in Germany. I want to continue my education in physics but the problem is my restricted electives(concentration courses in physics) are all over the place and I can't seem to figure out what field I want to study. I am terrible at making decisions and I think this trait of mine will cost me some day.

    Things can change but after my master's I want to work in industry so right now I don't plan on pursuing an academic career. For this reason, I took some electives in optical-electronics but I didn't like it much. Then some particle physics which I enjoyed more but I'm worried about job opportunities in that area.

    During my last semester I will be working with my computational methods professor on graphene in B-field which I will be looking into. Thing is I have no background at all in solid state physics so that scares me a little bit.
    My question is; what are some possible ways I can figure out which field suits me best? Since I will be writing my SOP soon, I will probably make up many things regarding "career goals" in the statement.
    I attend as many seminars as I can but they are usually very basic so they don't give me enough idea to decide.
    Right now I'm thinking that my best bet is condensed matter/solid state as career opportunities go but I am probably being very naive in thinking that way.
    Any help is very much appreciated.
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  3. Jan 31, 2015 #2
    The world has changed. You, & I, and most other young people are most likely going to change jobs every four to five years! Don't worry if you don't know what you want to do with the rest of your life - you have the rest of your life to enjoy figuring out that problem.

    I worried about the same problem. I just spent the last five years teaching science. I'm getting ready to change careers in the next year.

    The only advice I can imagine is to keep your doors open, maintain communication with your profs (as references later), and pursue fields that are most likely to grow. You want to be a person with skills people want. The skills people want are going to change as quickly as technology & the fruits of science change. Keep your skills up. Enjoy life. Take some time each day to think about what makes you happy.
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