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  1. Nov 20, 2015 #1
    Currently I am an Undergrad Physics major. I am suppose to start research next semester in order to prepare me for graduate school and get a PhD. While this has been easy for some my current physics class has driven me into the ground and the hardness of it is making me dislike physics completely. I personally think it is because the class is so difficult and demanding (20+ hrs a week), but the class is also making me feel extremely dumb and depressed about myself. As of now I do not however want to keep going on like I currently am and am unsure of what to do (the professor makes it intentionally hard and over half the class has already dropped).

    Additionally, I have had a long desire to work at a company such as Intel and build computer hardware such as processors and CPU. I do not feel as though this is the only job I would like to do because I am probably going to want to switch and work as a software developer and maybe some form of a researcher and other things as well.

    If I switch majors now then I will not graduate on time and probably be spending 5 years at my university. I do not have this as an option because I do not want to occur any more debt then I currently have. Another option I have considered is finishing out a degree in physics and while researching in computer science and electrical engineering area since a lot of what my university has to offer interest me, but since research is very major based I do not feel as this will be an option. Finally, getting internships in computer science seem impossible for me to get given not being a major in the area and not having similar experience to my peers currently even with an abundant supply available.
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2015 #2
    Then so contact those companies and tell them about your enthusiasm!
     
  4. Nov 20, 2015 #3
    I do not have a degree yet and that is one of the requirements for even which would be in physics or one of the related engineering disciplines. I am not looking to get a job currently I am looking to figure out my life at this moment., am just unsure of what to do realistically. Unless if I am missing something please explain because maybe I am not seeing your point as well.
     
  5. Nov 20, 2015 #4
    Probably best to just concentrate on getting a basic qualification then for now.
    My own experience is that 'getting personal' about what some company does is good for employment prospects.
    A company is after all a group of people with a shared objective.
     
  6. Nov 20, 2015 #5
    It sounds like computer engineering is the right major for you. If you're in the US, five years to complete an engineering degree is common.
     
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