I am seeking some career advice. I just found out that I will not be able to attend physics doctorate grad school next year. US Citizen Physics/EngineeringGpa:~3.15 <probably did not help GRE:V 560(75%) Q 790(89%) AW 4.0(32%) (Bad at essay writing in a time constraint) Physics GRE 770(72%) Fall semester of my senior year I also received 3.51 GPA 1 summer REU at the Advanced Materials Laboratory in Albuquerque New Mexico. I dealt with self assembled layers of alternating Si02 and hydropolymer. The layers were typically 30-50 nano meters thick. The hydropolymer shrinks in hot water and swells in cold water. The hydropolymer was anchored to the SiO2 so when the hydropolymer shrank or swelled so would the entire structure. 1 summer hired as a staff member at the Advanced Materials Laboratory. They liked me from the first summer and brought me back. This time I work on a different project involving super hydrophobic materials. And by the time I graduate I will have 1 year and a half research with a professor at my home university in space plasmas. This deals with the electrostatic dust transportation a phenomenon that is thought to happen on the moon and asteroids such as eros. I have not written any papers though I am currently helping write one on the experiments I have preformed with electrostatic dust transportation. I have good knowledge of Mathematica, Mathcad, and C++. I want to attend grad school, I frankly I will, just not next year most lily. I have not received any final official communication however I know that my application was not accepted. I will be writing an email that will be forwarded to the head of the physics admission committee, but considering that they have never reversed their a decision in the past it is unlikely to happen for me. So my question is what job should I be looking for to further my plans to attend grad school. If it helps I plan to be in the Austin Texas. The University of Austin Texas is my preferred choice for grad school. Advice on a job to look for as well as what I should be doing with my free time. I already plan on studying Graduate physics in my free time. Part of the reason I am writing this is to help write the email that I mentioned above. Any advice is greatly appreciated and welcome.