(Original post by Frodo Baggins)
My dad earns about 70K and my mum is a housewife. My mum was one of the senior managers at MARS (chocolate etc) and could have earned so much. I hope to be an investment banker and so i should earn more.
I was earning more than my mum by the time I was 19.
As other people have mentioned though - this doesn't necessarily mean much since she was able to get a mortgage for £50,000 and buy a house in the late nineties which in the last ten years probably tripled in value.
My dad's ridiculously clever (top first at Cambridge -.-) and although he never chased money and stayed in academia. His dabbling in companies as a consultant puts me way off him tbh. So no I don't expect to, even if I actively chase it I would be fortunate to even reach his level.
Yes, I will. Both my parents are working class, my mother has never been trained or qualified in any profession. No one in my family has gone to university like I will be doing. I see my working class background as a constant reminder that if I want my life to be better, and possibly the life of any children I have to be better, then I have to work hard at what I decide to do and become successful. Success does not imply that I just want to accumulate wealth, because I don't. As another posted said, I would accept a lesser paid job doing something that I enjoyed rather than earn more for a job that I hated or found unbearably stressful and destroyed my personal life.
Last edited by 21stcenturyphantom; 11-04-2012 at 12:27.
veering off a tangent, it drives me insane that people in my college think when they finish uni they will immediately land 40k/50k jobs , I don't know why it bothers me so much, but it does, probably because they scoff at the salary prospects of my desired job.
Back to the point, I was practically raised my brother, so I'm going to refer to his salary, he just graduated from med school last year, so right now he's on 25k to 30k (ish), I feel like I can hit that salary one day (fingers crossed), but whereas he can expect his salary to exponentially increase, I don't think the salary of a researcher can get too much higher than that, but I don't know.
If I don't I'd be very concerned - we've been living on benefits for as long as I can remember and I'm determined that, unless we have the same circumstances as my parents, I'll never have to live like that.
No for a number of reasons: 1. I don't have the same level of ambition, 2. My career aims aren't as financially based, 3. The economy being what it is I think salaries are a lot more conservative now (companies playing it safe with hiring)
My Mum earns about £15,000, maybe less. So yes, I except to earn more than my Mum.
My Dad earns around £30,000. I know I won't earn more than him straight away after uni, but some day I hope to.
I love how I now know how much my parents earn after years of filling out these long student loan forms.
Last edited by StartSomething; 11-04-2012 at 12:59.
I don't expect to. They once had enough money to go mincing round the globe as they pleased with s****y architect friends, which slowly dwindled as my brother and I came into the equation.
I don't have any set career path or plans so who knows. Generally speaking what I would like to be vaguely involved in career-wise isn't notorious for being able to get a well paying job. But I'd rather get by with a job I love than be rich with a job I don't.
What! It bleeped out 'sw.anky' That's one of my favourite adjectives.
Last edited by ehc; 11-04-2012 at 13:08.
Reason: what is this madness
My dad left school at 15 or 16 and has done various jobs including postman,carpet fitter,driving instructor and plasterer. He is now a warehouse operator (drives forklift trucks at a place that distributes books). Not sure of his exact salary,but I know it's not much at all. The thing that keeps him going is the fact that his Royal Mail pension is pretty good
My mum has decent qualifications (O-Levels and got some other various qualifications via Open University) and is now a Nurse. Again, I don't know her exact salary. However looking at the NHS website and guessing which band she falls into, I'd say it's about £30,000.
However I'm going to be ambitious and say I want to earn more than this..not sure what the reality will be though
My mom is on around £40k and my dad and step-dad are on about the same. I'd like to earn more but I don't think I will. We're pretty comfortable anyway so I'd be happy if I got something like that eventually