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Somebody needs your advice

  1. Apr 15, 2003 #1
    I am an electrical engineering student...

    but I have a deep interest in physics...
    what would you advice me to do?
     
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  3. Apr 15, 2003 #2

    ahrkron

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    Follow your own lead.

    You can keep physics as a hobby, or try to switch to it. You will find examples of people that successfully jumped from EE or Computer Eng into Physics, as well as the other way around. Some may have had an extremely hard time, some may tell you not to switch, some may encourage you as if that was a magic way to happiness...

    You cannot base this on statistics. It is an important personal decision.

    That said, here are some things to consider:

    - How good you are at math (physics' math, of course, as opposed to EE's math)
    - How much do you love this stuff? (would it be enough for you to teach it? to read about it? to write about it?)
    - Where are you on EE (first term? last? right in the middle?)
    - Do you care for money? (which is not bad in itself: how do you picture your life in ten years? family? children? do they eat? what is your idea of being a good parent?)
    - IIRC, Dirac started as an engineer
    - on the other hand, very often crackpots are engineers...
     
  4. Apr 15, 2003 #3

    enigma

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    Hey! I resemble that remark!
     
  5. Apr 15, 2003 #4

    ahrkron

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    Resemble or resent?
     
  6. Apr 15, 2003 #5

    enigma

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    Resemble... definately resemble. :wink:
     
  7. Apr 16, 2003 #6
    I use to be a Communication engineer in the Royal Corps of Signals, lately I'm working primarily on the Internet and IMHO Physics is more fun but unless you're VERY good there's not much money in it.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2003 #7
    Well, I was a software engineer for a while until I recently decided to entirely switch careers. But then, I'm single so it was much easier in that respect.

    What I have found is pick something that you actually enjoy doing. Think of the environments you will be in and what you will *actually* be doing day-to-day. If you really like what you do, the money will come. Besides, what fun is having money when you spend most of your waking hours doing something you don't like?

    The exact details of your situation will probably have a large impact on how you procede. Like was asked, how far along in EE are you? Also, what are your finicial resources? Could you afford to go another year or so if you changed your mind, again?

    I firmly believe it's not how long it takes you to finish school, as long as you actually finish. With some skill, you can remain a self sufficient student indefinitely! (trust me, I know :smile: ).
     
  9. Feb 2, 2005 #8
    Just start teaching Physics of the level u can.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2005 #9

    enigma

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    Wow.

    ElectroPhysics,

    There really isn't a need to resurrect threads that are almost a year old from the dead like this.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2005 #10
    wow, can you say necropost?
     
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