Need career guidance for my masters in High Energy physics

In summary, the speaker is a physics student at the University of Athens who is considering pursuing a career in Theoretical High Energy Physics. They are currently working on their thesis and have a desire to study abroad. However, they are concerned about their chances of being accepted into top universities due to their classmates with better credentials not being accepted. They are considering completing their masters at their current university and then taking the GRE exam to potentially pursue a doctoral or combined masters and doctoral program abroad. The speaker is seeking advice on how to approach this decision and is considering using their current MSc program as a backup plan.
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Hi

I am graduating next year from the Univeristy of Athens Greece as a physicist so a moment has come where I have to make a big decision.

I have already chosen the path of Theoretical High energy physics and I am currently working on my thesis which focuses on Q.E.D.

My first ambition is to continue my studies abroad in either a top univeristy in U.S.A. or Europe.
The problem is that I am considered a top-10 student in my class but I have witnessed other colleagues of mine which had a better CV , G.P.A. and rank than me failed to be accepted in a programm at these top universities even with a great G.R.E. score
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So although my final goal is to study aboard I am thinking if it would be better for myself to do my masters here and than take the G.R.E. exam and potentially search for either a Doctoral or a Full program ( masters + Doc) abroad.

I have to make this decision as soon as psoible, because if I choose to search studies abroad in the upcoming year I have to start studying for the G.R.E. exam.

thanks
 
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One thing to consider is that just because other people with apparently better CVs haven't gotten into certain graduate programs, doesn't mean that you won't. It really pays to do your homework when applying to graduate programs. Some people just look at a web page and throw their name in the hat and what can happen when you do that is that you have no idea how many positions in that particular group are available. If they aren't taking anyone on that year, it doesn't matter how good you are. Some people use university ranking as their main (and even only) criteria for what programs to apply to. Unfortunately this strategy can often make them miss out on excellent research/training opportunities at other programs that don't score as high on the general ranking criteria, but may fit very well with the individual student and his or her goal.

Is it possible to use the MSc program at your current school as a "backup" plan. Why not prepare for the GRE right away, apply to targeted graduate schools abroad, and apply to your own MSc program as well?
 

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1. What is High Energy Physics?

High Energy Physics is a branch of physics that studies the fundamental particles and their interactions at high energies. It involves understanding the fundamental laws of nature and how they govern the universe at the most basic level.

2. What career options are available with a masters in High Energy Physics?

With a masters in High Energy Physics, you can pursue a career in research, academia, or industry. Some common job roles include research scientist, data analyst, particle accelerator engineer, and physics professor.

3. What skills and qualifications are necessary for a career in High Energy Physics?

A strong background in mathematics and physics is essential for a career in High Energy Physics. Other important skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, data analysis, and computer programming. A masters degree in High Energy Physics or a related field is also required.

4. What opportunities are available for further education after a masters in High Energy Physics?

After completing a masters in High Energy Physics, you can pursue a PhD in the same field or a related field such as particle physics, astrophysics, or theoretical physics. This will open up opportunities for advanced research positions and teaching positions in universities.

5. How can I find guidance for choosing a career path in High Energy Physics?

There are various resources available for career guidance in High Energy Physics. You can consult with professors and professionals in the field, attend career fairs and workshops, or join professional organizations such as the American Physical Society. You can also seek advice from career counselors or use online resources such as job boards and career websites.

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