A while back I made a post here: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=536451 detailing how I got kicked out of grad school for physics and whether or not I can ever hope to get back in. Long story short, I decided to get a job for now and possibly go get a Master's in EE later when I can get my life together. I have to support my family for a while (mom got a divorce) and have student loans from undergrad. Anyway, I'm trying to figure out how to apply for jobs. I am obviously not a typical applicant for EE or programming jobs. I've took a few EE courses as well as E&M + electronics during undergrad, but that doesn't match up to a real EE grad of course, right? How do I spin my physics background into this, if at all possible? Or am I just dreaming here and should forget about it? I know EE is about more than just circuits of course, but I'm way behind on that probably as well. As for programming, it's what I've been doing for the past year. I've been developing a program for the lab I'm at that takes data from a detector, analyzes it in real time and displays it, let's the user save and process it in real time, etc., all in C++. That's real programming. I know that. But when I look at job ads... well, they look like this: http://jobview.monster.com/Jr-Computer-Scientist-Job-HANOVER-MD-103021882.aspx?fwr=true [Broken] They throw all these terms I've never even heard of and it's just intimidating. Makes me feel that no matter how well I've been programming this past year, I'm so behind that it's pointless to even try. I'm just starting to doubt that I'm qualified for *anything* at this point. Should I be applying for aerospace engineering jobs or something maybe? Finance?