I'll be in touch, though not via AOL IM - our IT Admin. would get all ugly on me if I tried to *defile* his system w/ AOL!
The thing about getting older is that it becomes relatively easy to put together the puzzle, simply because you have so many more pieces. It's the lucky and the few who discover their true calling early in life. And remember, people change, so what might be the perfect job when you are 20 could be torturous when you're 30 or 40. The key, I think, is to project forward and try to think through what effect your current
situation might have on your future
situation. Always try to do what interests you at the moment, but try to think ahead and anticipate what you might be looking for in the future - this way you can make little decisions on a daily basis that will lead you naturally to where you want to be.
That being said, there are many unpredictable life instances that will affect you as well. The recent birth of my daughter had a dramatic reorienting effect on me that I did not anticipate. Some recurring thoughts that had been running through my head for years suddenly precipitated out of solution, you could say, to help me understand what I wanted to be doing at this point in my life. Things like "Do something to help
people, don't work hard just to make your boss rich", and "Gee, wouldn't it be great
to combine what I'm good at with what I do for a living", and "Wow, New Haven is right in my back yard and Biotech and Medicine are starting to boom here", and "There are a lot of Baby Boomers getting old who will create a huge growth spurt in the medical industry", etc., etc., were floating around in my head. Wanting to make a career shift has been obvious to me for a few years, but to what
has been the question. Now I know.
Don't worry - you'll figure it all out as you go... we "physics people" are smart
Thanks for the feedback. I agree that there are limitations as to what subjects or information will work well with audio review. For me, it will be most helpful to review, ad nauseam
, the organizing principles and the common themes of physics so I can create a complete web of knowledge where every subject has a "location", but also has corresponding ties to related areas. Personally, I need to understand things in terms of the big picture
Flash cards, I'm thinking, would be helpful for memorizing the "recipes" to solving common types of problems. I agree that repetitive problem solving is the only
way to really retain this skill, but I know that unless I keep myself exposed to a subject I start to lose it. So, as I move on to hardcore problems in the next subject, I review the previous subjects via flash cards. ALSO, I am starting to put sub-classifications on the cards so I can group them in various ways: by subject, by difficulty, by the math used, etc. This will help me put things into the context of the big picture
Thanks again, guys. Until later.