I was wondering if anyone could help me with the job search and deciding what graduate degree to pursue? Last night, my mom said something along the lines of, "It's such a shame that you got such a great scholarship (graduated with barely any debt) and studied physics in college. I should have pushed you to study something reasonable, I was too easy on you." It got me thinking, did I waste all that time and money at a great institution, but a tiny physics program, earning a useless degree? Through most of undergrad, I really thought I would want to go in for a PhD and go into academia, but it wasn't until senior year that I was debating between that, getting a job, and grad school in another field. I think I have begun to accept, to my dismay, that the PhD route isn't right for me. I didn't end up applying to grad school, but I am feeling the pressure to choose a program and apply for the following year in order to 1) Do something and 2) Open up my career prospects. Possible programs include: Law school (for patent law) Master's in physics, medical physics, comp sci, or engineering (but I hear that's difficult without a degree from undergrad) MBA All of these seem interesting, but I just want to ensure that the next investment I make doesn't put me in this position again. I've applied to a number of different job titles (analyst, consulting, museum jobs, science-related jobs in the government). So far, I haven't had any luck with even getting an interview, even though I feel I'm decently qualified and write a tailored cover letter for every position (maybe I'm doing something wrong?). I've been really down lately, thinking about all of this has been the source of a lot of sleepless nights. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful to have been able to study something I like and have gotten amazing opportunities through the department (research opportunities abroad, being a TA, professors I admire). I want to prove that earning a Physics BS was not a waste of time. Have any of you been in this position? If so, what did you do to figure out what you wanted to pursue? Do you have any tips for choosing a graduate program or applying for jobs? Thanks in advance!