I recently graduated with a first class degree in physics. The problem is that I'm still having difficulty finding employment. It's not all bad, I've had my fair share of interviews, but I always seem to fall at the last hurdle. It is because of this that I have warmed to the idea of a masters degree, hoping that it will give me a bit more of an edge when applying for jobs. I applied for and have been accepted by 3 MSc programmes which I have listed below with some pros/cons and possible careers paths. Edinburgh University - MSc Acoustics and Music Technology Courses on acoustics, musical applications of fourier theory, digital signal processing and computer modelling of acoustic instruments. Involves a lot of programming in matlab, C++ and java which is always uselful, and also some nice electives in computer game audio. Possible careers would be an audio programmer working in a games company or an audio plug in developer, however these seem like niche fields. University of York - MSc Fusion Energy Full training in inertial and magnetic confinement fusion along with various other classes in plasma physics. An extremely interesting programme that could potentially be very rewarding, but would almost definitely lead to a PhD if I wanted to work in fusion. I'm not sure I want that. Again, seems very limited job wise. University of St Andrews - Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices Courses on lasers, optics, semiconductors and fibre optics, with interesting electives like biophotonics. Lots of practical work along with a summer project at an optics company which could be very helpful when finding a job. Seems like it could lead to a wide variety of jobs and PhDs. My problem is that I find all three of these areas interesting and can see myself quite happily studying them. The biggest issue is that I don't want to do it and find myself in the position of not being able to find a job. Does anyone have any experience in these fields or can offer any advice on their career prospects? I'm 28 now, not a young lad anymore, so being employable is a priority for me. I suppose forgetting a masters all together and continuing to look for a job is also an option. What should I do?