I have a friend who is working in the wrong field of physics at the moment (not enjoying it.) They are still undergraduate however and have time to change this.
They are currently working on a summer project which will soon end. If they leave now it will be time (and a scholarship) wasted on them, because most of the summer project was teaching them the basics of what to do (a 6 week project.)
They are about to start their final year in undergraduate physics, and in this year the university offers a project based unit, with a similar structure to a summer work project, but with assessment at the end. Students taking this project often use it as a lead in to an honours year at our university, then honours leads into PHD if they get it.
Although university hasn’t official begun here yet, the deadline to choose a project is fast approaching (March 11). To choose one my friend needs to contact a supervisor in the right field and ask to take the unit under them. I was wondering if anyone here has experienced or seen anything similar to this before, and what their advice to my friend would be. My normal advice to them would be to take your time to find the right supervisor/field of physics, and work under them regardless of the current work. (After all, they are still undergraduate and are allowed to make a mistake.)
However, due to the deadline for the project choice, it might not be easy to find the right supervisor. Which is why I’m asking online for any advice.