I'm looking at universities to go to next September. I'm still quite torn between theoretical physics and particle physics. In an absolutely ideal world, my plan is to do my masters, then a PhD and my dream job would be a university professor, or at least working in physics research. I know that that isn't likely. A lot of people have the same dreams as me and end up working in the financial sector somewhere. My grandpa's degree is in chemistry and he works in the stock market. So my question is, realistically, what are my chances of getting work in physics research? How important is where you went in terms of getting these positions? I'm not applying to any top 5 universities, but everywhere I am applying to is in the top 10 in the country and a Russell group member. So give it to me straight... if I follow my career plan, am I likely to end up working in finance or some other area which isn't related to physics at all?