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I got a gentleman's degree (3rd class) in electronics from Salford University. although I loved learning about quantum mechanics and particle physics, I rapidly discovered I don't have the level of interest to translate that from lecture theatre to paid employment.

Now post-transition and feeling a suppressed personality begin to emerge, I realise that, in fact, I would have been better off doing entirely different things. I'd love to do other study, but don't really know how to find out what it is I want to do (I'd really like to go back to school and start again).

Still, I like beer and cheese
and that's better qualification than all of these

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 30th, 2007 at 02:30:57 PM EST
Try out life long learning courses in random interesting subjects and maybe something will grab you.  

But beer is good. I may have a chemistry degree but I don't do a damn thing with it that is of any practical use.

I'd far rather know how to do up a house with the electrics and plumbing and plastering and carpentry than know about firing neutrons at a polymer solution.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Jul 30th, 2007 at 02:55:15 PM EST
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I have a friend who graduated with a chemical engineering degree, and who had interned at Merck.

He made the best of his degree, he's now the brewmeister at a small microbrewery.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Jul 30th, 2007 at 03:21:21 PM EST
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I think that is the best possible use of a chemistry degree.  I didn't do any chemical engineering though.  I can't make beer but I can drink it.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Jul 30th, 2007 at 04:40:08 PM EST
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A friend of mine did his PhD in the behaviour of Yeast in the brewing process, can't give you more precise details, as my Brain was just lost in admiration of someone who could spend his entire PhD time testing beer.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 07:58:06 AM EST
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Nowadays, at the end of the Classes Préparatoire (Two intense years preparing for the Grande Ecoles, after the baccalauréat), one has to present a TIPE, essentially a 10-minutes report on research that may include reporting about experiments ; especially in the biology classes.

A group of these biology students did their report on alcohol absorption by the human stomach, under various conditions : with or without oil, strong or weak alcohol, etc... All based of self-experimentation, of course. They got the best grades in the whole country (it is a national competitive exam)...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 08:24:53 AM EST
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