Hey guys & gals, a long time lurker here. For a variety of reasons I have failed to secure a PhD position that I wanted this year after finishing my MPhys degree in physics, so I decided to take a year away from studying, regroup, work towards publishing a paper and then come back with full force. So, given that I need to eat something, I need to find a job for a year. Since I am interested in a PhD in cosmology and a few other areas in astrophysics, I thought it would make sense to find a job that would give me useful experience. Now, my dilemma is such that it's nearly impossible to find a job which would deal directly with cosmology or astrophysics. So my question is whether I should join one of those physics graduate schemes, which would likely not deal with astrophysics directly, but be closer to my field of study, or if I should rather find a job that would give me useful skills (data analysis, machine learning, programming, etc.) without necessary being related to physics? Thanks! TL;DR: Need to take year off uni, thus need a job that would be useful for a PhD in astrophysics/cosmology. Does anyone know any jobs that would be useful?