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To apply or not to apply

  1. Aug 12, 2008 #1
    Hi All

    I'm sure you get a lot of questions like this one, so I apologise if its more of the same. I've done a bit of a search, but I didn't find anything which really answered my question. I'm a south african student finishing my final year of high school with Cambridge (this means I cant tell you any SAT scores or similar)

    I'm considering a course in applied mathematics next year, but I've never been terribly brilliant with maths. I've found that I've enjoyed it this year especially and I've done quite a decent course in maths. I'm just not sure whether I'll be able to cope with a University maths course. Do you have any advice for me to help me decide whether I've got what it takes? I'm also interested in physics, but applied maths seems to be more useful in the real world and combines some physics with maths. I'm not too worried about how much I'll earn after studying, but I have wondered whether a job using applied maths (I would do a computer science course too) would be financially viable, or whether go with my other choice which is human genetics?

    Any advice would be very appreciated!
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  3. Aug 12, 2008 #2
    If your looking for a career go into engineering or computer science. If you want a life for the love of science then go into physics or human genetics. Don't worry about the math part. I'm no mathematician either but I did fine. Go and apply and start school. If you decide to change your focus along the way theres nothing wrong with that, people do it all the time.
  4. Aug 13, 2008 #3
    Well, I'm not necessarily looking for a career, but it would be nice to be able to support a family and feed myself (so that I can carry on enjoying the Math, haha) ;)
    What type of work can one get with a degree in applied math? I mean its all great to enjoy the science, but no one's gonna pay for you to do that, if you know what I mean. I do enjoy mathematics, but I'm wondering if there are work opportunities. What level of qualification would I need? Masters? Phd? And would my job land up being something completely unrelated to maths, or could I actually get a job modelling etc in my field?
    Thanks again!
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