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L. O.
Studied BS in Applied Physics
at University Of The Philippines Diliman , Quezon City
Graduated: 2007

Why did I choose this course:
It had lots of math and although my physics subject in high-school wasn't handled very well, it made me interested to know the inner workings of anything and everything. Knowing how the world works and why it is so looked so fun.

About my college education:
The teachers usually made it look easier than it actually was, that is until the exams came. Problem sets spanning weeks, in addition to the usual home works were what made it tedious but also made us manage our time better.

You will need curiosity, hard work, perseverance. There are no shortcuts. Subjects will be failed, graduations will be delayed (unless you really, really, really want to graduate on time. :p).

My current job:
Editorial Analyst. I basically read other people's researches, try to understand whatever they're saying, then classify and index it so other people interested in their research will be able to find it.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Absolutely. Critical thinking, basic understanding of concepts, discipline.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I've been in this job since before I graduated.

Do I recommend studying BS Applied Physics:
Employment opportunities abound. Aside from the now booming semiconductor/solar cell/materials industries that are directly related to the course, many companies now seek Physics/Applied Physics graduates in addition to engineers due to the similar training and because physicists are mostly well rounded in terms of experimental and theoretical expertise. Also, IT and programming jobs are also available because those subjects are also part of the curriculum.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Don't be scared and also don't look at it like an instant ticket to fortune. The satisfaction comes with the learning, not the earning.
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A. O.
Studied BS in Applied Physics
at University Of The Philippines Los Banos , Los Banos
Graduated: 2008

Why did I choose this course:
Physics is the scientific basis for technologies that continue to have a profound influence on almost all aspects of modern life. Applied Physics have a lot of contribution in modern technology thus, presenting a wide variety of job opportunities after graduation.

About my college education:
It is very hard, but it is fun. A student will need to exert a lot of effort in order to pass his subjects. They say that it is difficult to enter UP, but the truth is, it's more difficult to leave (i.e. To graduate). But nonetheless, with perseverance and patience, nothing is unachievable.

My current job:
Electronics and Instrumentation Technician

Am I using what I learned in college:
The theories are applicable to my current work but what I think is more important are the values ingrained to me by my professors. Something that you cannot read from any textbook.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I was able to find a job right after graduation.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics:
Yes. There are many options for an Applied Physics graduate. If you are lucky, then you can get a high starting rate, but usually, it may take time before you have higher salary. Well, I guess that will be depending on the company. But high salary or not, I think this is a very fulfilling career!

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Study hard and never give up. The road may be bumpy, but you should not stop until you reach the finish line!
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D. D.
Studied BS in Applied Physics
at University Of The Philippines Los Banos , Los Banos
Graduated: 2010

About my college education:
Studying BS Applied Physics in UP Los BaƱos was difficult for me. Physics was already hard and I had to take it up in a very competitive university where the instructors and professors expect a lot from their students. A person who wants to study the same should possess analytical skills. It's almost the same as studying engineering, maybe even harder. Of course, he would need to work hard as no degree is really easy.

My current job:
I am now an instructor in a private college.

Am I using what I learned in college:
As I am currently teaching fundamental engineering physics, I am not using everything I learned in college. I am using only the basics, what I studied in my first two years of college.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
6 months

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics:
BS Aphy gives people a lot of opportunities. They can choose a career in different fields such as software engineering, electronics, materials engineering and academia. I think my classmates who ventured into these fields receive high salaries. The same goes for me. If you see yourself choosing one of these careers then I recommend BS Applied Physics in UP Los Banos to you.
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R. T.
Studied BS in Physics (slightly different course)
at St. Paul University Manila , Manila
Graduated: 1995

About my college education:
It is interesting and challenging. I would say if you want to understand fully your environment and natural occurring phenomena, take Physics.
Usually those who are good in math and science are logical thinkers. First, one should be good or inclined in mathematics. It is the language in the field of Science, especially Physics. Second, English. For him/her to understand fully what is being taught, it needs comprehension and analysis.

My current job:
Teaching Physics in an International School (Singapore National Academy) .

Am I using what I learned in college:
The education I have had in my Alma Mater is very useful and practical because it prepared me a lot in my present job. It helps me to gain confidence and honed my skills fully. Though learning should not stop after school. It is a continuous process. Day by day I'm learning.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Two months before my graduation, I was employed through the recommendation of my Dean.

Do I recommend studying BS in Physics:
Usually what is important in any course or field of interest is the skills you have developed. With the fast changing and challenging world we have today, one should be well equipped with the necessary skills and attitudes. For that everything falls into places.
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J.
Studied BS in Applied Physics
at University Of The Philippines Diliman , Quezon City
Graduated: 1995

About my college education:
Finishing my bachelor's degree was both enjoyable and challenging. The skills needed to succeed in the course were: math skills, logical skills, english, lots of hard work and patience.

My current job:
I'm a reliability engineer.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I'm using some of the concepts that I've learned, particularly those in physics, math and statics.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
After graduation, I was automatically employed by the university.

Do I recommend studying BS in Applied Physics:
I recommend BS Applied Physics because of the wide range of employment opportunities it has to offer graduates. It can provide a career path that is both interesting and financially fulfilling.
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