Hello, I am a senior undergraduate (USA) who wants to go to graduate school for either engineering or experimental physics. I am an A/B student and have taken all the recommended classes as if I was preparing to apply to physics graduate schools. I am not sure I am satisfied with an undergraduate's knowledge of physics, but the practical application of engineering is appealing to me. This is a list of questions I plan on sending to physicists and engineers I am in contact with to get information on their experiences. Does anyone have any ideas of other good questions to ask, or answers of their own? Thank you 1. What are the top few things you do every day during your working hours? I am curious even if, or perhaps especially if, it involves things like dealing with bureaucracy. 2. Is there anything you would prefer to have moved onto, or off of, that list. 3. What hard skills or knowledge do you use the most on a daily basis in your line of work? For example : programming, troubleshooting, electronics, quantum mechanics, statistics, fluid dynamics, specific mathematics, etc. 4. Why did you choose this career? 5. Are you doing what you expected to be doing when you first entered that job or career? 6. If you attended graduate school, in a general (or specific) sense, what did you learn there? For example : Was it like your undergraduate experience, but with a new level of depth and rigor? 7. What do you find most satisfying about your job and or career? 8. How is success measured in your field? For example : in physics publications, conferences, teaching etc. In engineering, projects completed, designs approved, etc. 9. What would describe as a successful first five years for someone in the field? 10. Do you get to travel? 11. Do you typically work with a small group of people, or as part of a large project or collaboration? Do you prefer one over the other? 12. Do you have any thoughts on the job prospects of your field, or physics and engineering in general?