I'm leaving high school to choose a degree and I'm having a hard time choosing and I thought I wouldn't loose anything by asking here for opinions and maybe similar experiences. I have mediocre grades overall, though I get very good physics and maths sometimes, others I get average (14/20, 15/20, Physics, Maths total). With subjects that don't interest me or require memorisation my grades are terrible (7/20Philos., 8/20 Literature) I'm a pretty slow thinker (including tests), lack focus and have terrible memory. On the other hand if I'm given the time, not immense but some, I often solve problems I see no one else around me solve and ask questions and understand what most don't. Not saying I'm a genius, far from it. I have a lot of trouble focusing but when I do (which is highly dependent on interest) I can be productive. I've learned Calculus at home and learned a decent amount about other topics about physics and maths. I'm one of those who'd be fine with, for example, being in a desk all day trying to solve questions and learning things (eg.:Theor.Phys or Maths). I'm extremely curious but I've only started focusing on studying around 3 years ago, but I've gotten better and I hope to keep at it. The most appropriate degree's I found were: (PE)-Power Engineering (wiki translation) (PhE)-Physics Engineering (AM)-Applied maths (P)-Physics (M)-Maths I'm afraid of non-"fundamental" courses (in which my grades tend to be bad), which show up often in degrees like (PE, PhE, AM) But these are the safest ones job-wise. (PE) is by far the safest (?) but the least interesting probably. On the other hand when I looked at the (P) and (M) degrees I didn't see unwanted courses. I only wanted even more. But I fear I'm not good enough for them. I think pure math (M) is better job-wise than pure Physics (P), the only problem is that I'd be driven physics starved. Somewhere I'd really like to work at would be CERN. So basically, is the difference in job-safety that big between the pure degrees (P,M) and the engineering/applied (PE, PhE, AM)? What can I expect from getting each degree? PS:After finding out minors exist, if they're free for students doing them repeatedly sounds like a nice idea to keep learning and keep looking for other opportunities.