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Starting a Physics PhD years after undergraduate degree?

  1. Aug 21, 2014 #1
    I’m graduating with a Physics degree next year but for various reasons I cannot go straight to grad school and get a PhD. I probably won’t be back to school for some time (I’m projecting 10-15 years). Will it be hard to start a Physics PhD after so long? Is there ageism in academia?

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  3. Aug 21, 2014 #2

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    You will be surprised at how much of your education you will forget after 6 months if you don't keep applying it.

    You don't say what you will be doing during these 10-15 years. This is a long time between bouts of school; who knows what your priorities will be that far into the future? If you acquire a family during that time, at the end of your fallow period, it will be time to plan your children's education rather than extending your own.
     
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