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Advice Please! - Nov 22, 2006 at 4:40PM
Katie
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I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do after my degree, and I really need some help! (the univeristy careers service is a no-go, they don't know enough about the space industry)

ok, so here's the deal - I've *always* known I wanted to do something physics related, I came to uni and chose a degree in astrophysics. I have been enjoying it, but I really don't want to spend the rest of my life being an academic. I hope to work for ESA, doing something in the planetary missions/ earth observation programs. (after extensive googling this evening I've come up with 'planetary probe mission design and analysis')

So here's this big question - do I continue with astrophysics or switch over to physics? (I need to choose my degree concentration by the end of this year)
My uni seems to specialise in large scale stuff (galactic astro, cosmology, etc) and there are only one or two small-scale modules on offer for honours students (I have no interest in the big stuff! I really enjoy planetary, atmospheric, etc)
After completing my undergrad degree I'd like to do postgrad in the US (am thinking about some form of astronautical engineering, something technical at least), so would it be better to come out with a physics degree?

Sorry for the long post guys, this problem has been going round in circles in my head for ages!

Thanks :-)


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