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I'm a math major (got my BA in May 2014) currently working in finance. I really don't feel any motivation for my current job except that it pays the bills. I would like to know if anyone has made a jump from a non-chem background into something related to chemistry, be it a lab position, grad school etc.

My rationale for choosing chemistry is that I've enjoyed working in a lab for two summers and that physical sciences are very interesting for me.

Right now, my only option seems to be UCLA extension evening/weekend classes, maybe getting a part time lab gig at a local CC (or UCLA if I am very very lucky) and see if that will get me a job or a grad school.

Here are my questions:

  1. How would I transition from having no chemistry background?
  2. Do I have good reasons to switch to chemistry? What else should I ask myself before I make this change?

Thank you.

Best regards, squelchy451

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  • $\begingroup$ It's rather for Academia SE... $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Feb 22 '16 at 20:31
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    $\begingroup$ Concur -- these sorts of career track questions are off-topic for this particular Stack Exchange site, per the site definitions. Great question for Academia.SE, though. $\endgroup$ – hBy2Py Feb 22 '16 at 20:42
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is more appropriate on academia.SE. $\endgroup$ – bon Feb 22 '16 at 20:43

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