Hi everyone, I'm just starting my first year in undergrad and I've started to think a bit more about job prospects in physics. More specifically, the possibility of going into academia to work on theory, maybe HEP or condensed matter, maybe materials science. The thing is, almost everything I've seen/read is sort of a horror story about the near impossibility of getting a job- example that I saw just now, and prompted this post: Is it really that bad? What can I do to improve my chances? Is it just HEP that's especially bad, or all theoretical physics? Thanks in advance!