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Wrong Path, need to step back and re-trace

  1. Jul 25, 2013 #1
    Hey folks,
    I am currently studying at Ryerson (Toronto, Canada) in Computer Engineering (BEng) and I am starting my 3rd year in September. Since high school, I have been very interested in astronomy and quantam physics (at least what was taugh) and I always postulated my own theories on how daily objects work (most of them being close enough to reality) and even now as I sit in my office doing my summer job I search the web for ideas and theories to learn about astronomy and basically quantam physics and so on.
    Now I have decided that I really want to continue my career in theoretical physics (PhD), and find a nice job at a university while doing research. But if I change my studies now, I will be set back at least 2-3 years and I (and parents who probably wont approve) may not be able to pay off extra 2-3 years. But I cannot leave my current program with just a BEng, because then I won't be able to find a job too easily to pay for my Physics PhD. I was thinking of doing Masters in Engineering and then getting a job, then pursuing my career in Physics.
    If you have recommendations to what I can do as of now, that would be great.
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  4. Jul 26, 2013 #3
    You would be very foolish not to get your computer engineering degree. I am sure you have acquired a great deal of programming skills and that will translate into getting a job. You may not even need a ME. Once you have a job you can prepare for the physics GRE and take it, then you can look for a grad program in physics. It is also a good idea to be proactive and talk to some physics professors in your prospective field to get their input.
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