I'm coming to the end of my PhD in physics at a good UK university and am a bit unsure about what to do next. The main things I would like in a job are to enjoy the work, have a good enough salary not to worry about money (i.e. average salary or above) and work with people that I get on well with. I could stay in academia. There is not much in the UK in my area so this may mean going abroad to the USA or Europe, although none of the places are quite right for various reasons. In some ways going abroad seems an exiting opportunity, but I don't have a particular desire to do it. There are aspects of going abroad which make me think staying in the UK would be a safer option. One of these is the difficulty of having a long term relationship while having to move frequently. Also, at times I have not been enjoying my PhD and I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy a career in academia. My feeling about this varies - sometimes it seems like the perfect job and at other times I feel its really not what I want to do. My other choice would be to get a job outside academia. At times I've felt moving into the so called "real world" would be good for me. The thing is, I have not found a job that I would want to do. I have looked at the usual graduate jobs: banking, finance, consulting, management, IT, civil service. Some aspects of some of those jobs appeal to me but there are other aspects that I don't like and its hard to choose between them. One thing I regret is not having done non-academic placements to get a feel for them. I've attended lots of careers fairs / presentations but still can't really decide between them. At times trying to make this decision has been stressful. It seems like this it a very important choice as it will determine what career I do which will be a big part of my life. I know its always possible to change jobs later but some of the choices I make now will close off opportunities to me. For example, if I move out of academia now it seems unlikely I will be able to return. But also the longer I stay in academia it would be harder to get non-academic jobs. At other times I've been more relaxed and tried to let things just happen but it ends up with me getting nowhere and not getting a job. If anyone has any thoughts / comments about any of this, or maybe is in / has been though a similar situation it would be great to hear from you.