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Physics Jobs for a 1st year physics student?

  1. Jan 15, 2013 #1
    Hi everyone, I am in my first semester, and am looking at needing to find a job soon. I have worked in retail and hospitality during my previous studies, but am hoping that there will be brighter work opportunities for me as an undergrad. Do you think there are jobs out there, suitable and accessible, for 1st year (1st semester, even) students that are at least a little exciting and science-orientated, especially physics and astronomy? I'm very excited at the idea of an internship, perhaps at the end of my 1st year, or in later years. But do you guys have any ideas of what sort of jobs would be good for me at this early stage, considering my limited experience and knowledge of the subject? I'm looking for something that will compliment my studies somewhat.

    Any help or guidance will be helpful. :)

    Thanks guys, and sorry for the long-winded-ness of this post, I am a little sleepy ;]
     
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  3. Jan 15, 2013 #2
    Physics departments dont really do internships. Thats one of the reason that physics grads have a hard time finding work. What physics students often do is research with a professor or tutoring. I would look into either of those. Since you are in physics I presume you want to do the grad school/PhD route and in that case you should get started on research as soon as you can. It may or may not be paid however. Tutoring is paid, but doesnt really boost your resumeme/CV much. I did both as an undergrad.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2013 #3
    Hi ModusPwnd, thanks for your reply. Did you do research, and tutoring in 1st year though? I am only in 1st semester! All of that seems very intimidating!

    And by tutoring, do you mean assisting in the tutorials at your University? Or privately tutoring high school students?
     
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