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Career Fair

 

Some science doohickey at CERN.

Some science doohickey at CERN.

Last week I went to a Science and Technology Career Fair at my school to check out the possibilities for person with a B.S. in Physics. I friend of mine went before I did (he is not going to graduate school) and he told me that several companies were indeed looking for physicist. That news elevated my hope that there would be a chance for my to practice physics if graduate school completely fell apart on me.

I feel it cannot hurt to be safe.

At the fair itself I noticed that almost every table wanted some form on engineer. Many had signs stating which type of engineer or what engineering skills they wanted. Not a single one had a sign saying “Physics majors come here”. I talked to a couple of the companies my friend mentioned and they were indeed hiring physics majors, just not as physicist (a rare job title I believe). One was friendly and involved in Navy contracted for weapons testing. The other was hesitant about physics majors but said that they do hire us to help engineers occasionally, they too were Navy contractors.

A few more companies seemed partly interested in physics majors and they were all related to the defense industry in one way or another.

After the career fair I had a sudden strong motivation to get to work on my graduate school applications.

As a side note there are some sweet free pens at career fairs.

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Physics Career

 

An experimental linear collider.

An experimental linear collider.

After I achieve my Bachelor of Science degree from UCSB I want to go into graduate school. The problem I am running into is that I have no real research experience. While no physics PhD program says that they require research experience, but I feel that it is actually required. I do not see this as unfair, in fact it makes a lot of sense. Why would a department accept someone into a research position if they have never done research before?

I have excuses as to why I have not done any research experience. My first two years I did not feel I was able to do so, my third year I was at Edinburgh University where undergraduates do not do research. Last summer I applied to six or so Research Experience for Undergraduates programs and I was accepted into none of them.

Now I am trying to obtain a research position with a professor at my school for next fall. I am finding it difficult to e-mail a professor I have never met and ask for a job working for them. Hopefully I will get one. If not then I use the extra time to work on my graduate school applications and studying for GREs (though likely I will use the time to take pictures instead).

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