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    I'm going to keep this brief as I need to go soon.

    Im in year 12 and I'm currently studying Maths, FM, Economics, Chemistry and Physics.

    I've had massive problems trying to decide what on earth I want to do with my life.

    But, I think for now, I have it narrowed down to a few options. Here they are:

    I can take Economics/Maths at Uni and go into Banking/finance or anything else i don't know of yet. I feel this would pay well but I don't think it would be fun or creative, am I wrong?

    For engineering, I don't think the pay would be as good as the other option, but I'd love the chance to design Cars or Aeroplanes. I feel I could be more creative here.

    Give me your opinions.
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    How are you enjoying your subjects at the moment?
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    for me it's economics because i'm interested in it, and i love it at A level (and loved it at GCSE) however, if i had the interest or grades to do engineering i definatley would. Seems to be very popular!
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    It is also rather common for Engineering Students to go in to Banking and Finance after their studies anyway*, so you'll be keeping both your options open by taking an Engineering Degree.

    *So much so that the Bank of America often come into my university to advertise graduate schemes
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    (Original post by Miryo)
    I'm going to keep this brief as I need to go soon.

    Im in year 12 and I'm currently studying Maths, FM, Economics, Chemistry and Physics.

    I've had massive problems trying to decide what on earth I want to do with my life.

    But, I think for now, I have it narrowed down to a few options. Here they are:

    I can take Economics/Maths at Uni and go into Banking/finance or anything else i don't know of yet. I feel this would pay well but I don't think it would be fun or creative, am I wrong?

    For engineering, I don't think the pay would be as good as the other option, but I'd love the chance to design Cars or Aeroplanes. I feel I could be more creative here.

    Give me your opinions.
    First priority id whatever interests you more.

    Failing that, engineering. It's just better.
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    (Original post by antonio108)
    How are you enjoying your subjects at the moment?
    Honestly, I like them all.
    I think Core maths is a bit plain sometimes. I think Physics and Economics are both very interesting. I also like Chemistry, wouldn't say its as absorbed as the other two.
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    (Original post by Dirac Delta Function)
    First priority id whatever interests you more.

    Failing that, engineering. It's just better.
    I'd say im interested in the subjects equally, but I don't know which career would be better suited for me.
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    (Original post by Miryo)
    I'd say im interested in the subjects equally, but I don't know which career would be better suited for me.
    What can you do with economics that you can't do with engineering?
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    What subjects do you like reading around? apart from just learning the syllabus
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    Best of both? http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...neering_4.html
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    I'd say Engineering has better prospects, with so many developing countries, especially in Africa, there's huge potential to earn buckets in the coming years. That said, Economics will lead you to banking, it's very standard, engineers have more of a 'wow' factor imo, and a much better reputation if money isn't the sole reason you're living
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    Basically...


    Do you want a job when you graduate.

    If the answer is yes then I strongly encourage you to study Engineering.
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    (Original post by Davethedavedave)
    Basically...


    Do you want a job when you graduate.

    If the answer is yes then I strongly encourage you to study Engineering.
    I didn't realise that economics graduates are still unemployed :confused:

    What a dumb statement
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    I'm doing exactly those subjects at A-Level but dropped Chemistry after AS (hated it - tedious, difficult and just eww).
    I've applied for Economics at uni. I was torn between Maths, and Economics - I didn't want to do a joint honours - so in the end, I followed my heart and went for economics. :love:
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    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    I didn't realise that economics graduates are still unemployed :confused:

    What a dumb statement
    Tbh, with an Economics degree, you can be up against Maths, Physics, Business and even humanitites grads, providing they can do some maths. With Engineering, you don't have as much competition to get a job...perhaps physics grads can challenge in areas, but if they want a BEng or an MEng, then it's just you and other engineering grads It's far more specialist.
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    (Original post by victoryshinesonus)
    Tbh, with an Economics degree, you can be up against Maths, Physics, Business and even humanitites grads, providing they can do some maths. With Engineering, you don't have as much competition to get a job...perhaps physics grads can challenge in areas, but if they want a BEng or an MEng, then it's just you and other engineering grads It's far more specialist.
    Well isn't it pretty obvious/sensible that most people that do engineering at uni wants to become some kind of engineer? That's the only reason I can think of for why someone would want to do engineering for 3/4 years. Remember that it's more practical than economics which is also practical but much more theoretical.
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    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    Well isn't it pretty obvious/sensible that most people that do engineering at uni wants to become some kind of engineer? That's the only reason I can think of for why someone would want to do engineering for 3/4 years. Remember that it's more practical than economics which is also practical but much more theoretical.
    THUS, far easier to get a job. As above poster highlighted.
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    (Original post by victoryshinesonus)
    THUS, far easier to get a job. As above poster highlighted.
    Of course far easier to get an engineering job, not just any job. It isn't rocket science.
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    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    Of course far easier to get an engineering job, not just any job. It isn't rocket science.
    If it's aeronautical it could be rocket science...
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    (Original post by roh)
    If it's aeronautical it could be rocket science...
    LOL I see what you did there, nice one.

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