Overwhelmed by Choices? Physics Major's Guide to Picking a Career Path

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In summary, the person speaking is a 23-year-old first-year Physics Major who is struggling with having too many interests and not knowing what to pursue in their degree and graduate studies. They are interested in subjects such as Quantum Computers, Neuroscience, Quantum Gravity, and Engineering Physics. They are seeking advice on how others have dealt with this common issue. Another person shares that it is normal to not know what area to specialize in and suggests taking note of the subjects that interest them and researching related job opportunities.
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Hey Folks!

I'm 23, currently a 1st-year Physics Major (started a little late), and I'm having a really enjoyable, yet frustrating problem. I have to many interests and have no idea what I want to eventually go into. Currently my interests are Quantum Computers, Physics of Neurscience, Quantum Gravity, Physics in Video Games, Engineering Physics and more... I just have no idea how I could possible figure out what to do with my degree and what to take in grad school. I'm sure this is a very common problem, how is/have everyone dealing/delt with this issue? :confused:

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You are a first year student, don't worry about it. I am a 3rd year student and I still don't know what area of math I want to go into (at the grad level). As time goes on you will take more classes and learn what you are interested in, and what you are not interested in.
 
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You've got at least 1 more year taking the same courses that every physics major on the planet takes their first 2 years. For now, just take note of which subjects in your classes interest you the most, then see which jobs make use of those subjects.
 

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What is the main purpose of "Overwhelmed by Choices? Physics Major's Guide to Picking a Career Path"?

The main purpose of this guide is to help physics majors navigate the overwhelming number of career options available to them. It provides helpful tips and advice for choosing a career path that aligns with their skills, interests, and goals.

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This guide offers practical advice on exploring different career options, evaluating personal strengths and interests, and creating a plan for achieving career goals. It also includes real-life examples and success stories from other physics majors who have found fulfilling careers.

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While this guide is specifically tailored to the unique experiences and challenges of physics majors, the advice and strategies it offers can be applied to students in any field of study who are struggling to choose a career path.

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