(Original post by KodamaLlama)
Here's the deal; I've been studying Human Biology in the UK at London South Bank University. I have completed my first year and I'm now eligible to transfer. I've always wanted to leave London for a bit, to be torn away from friends and family so I can finally spend the next few years focusing on my degree without distractions. The unfortunate part about this is I'm not entirely sure what my desired career path is, I have a vague idea of what I want to do but I can't put a career title on it.
I have an extreme desire for travel so I've been trying to think of careers that would enable me to travel, by travel I mean taking expeditions through jungles, forests and other landscapes. I generally would prefer doing field research of some sort, taking samples and readings, studying animal activity or other natural occurrences. I'd like to be a scientific mercenary, the Bear Grylls of natural science, I want to be there, experience what's out there and understand it instead of Google searching everything I learn.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind working in some lab, or working within some company as long as I get to do field work every now and again.
Generally I can think of three ways of doing this;
A. Working towards a degree, granting me access to work within a scientific company that allows me to do field research.
B. Having a source of income that doesn't come from my scientific background (i.e. Natural photography.)
C. Working as a volunteer in various places over the world, being sat in the desired locations for research and work, just without the science and finances.
I've taken a look into volunteer work and I've found that generally you end up volunteering most of your own money on flights, accommodation and other external expenses, and since I'm a student from a low income family I find it hard to find the finances to cover any travelling at all.
I have thought about using a hobby or something related to the media to fund travelling and my own research, natural photography is a good example I can think of that enables both travelling and work.
Even though I consider the above to be my best ideas so far, I know that actually studying would be my best bet at doing this, I'll definitely require a degree to work for anyone but this is where I get stuck.
So far I've followed biology as a general subject but eventually I'm going to have to get more specific but I can't think of a job that suits my description, does anyone have any advice? What Universities within the UK are generally best for biological degrees? Any advice for transferring? Can you think of a career title that fits my description?
I'm leaving London which means that I'm going to have to sacrifice my three year relationship with my girlfriend, leave all my friends behind, and start fresh at a University outside of London. I want to do this because I find it unbelievably hard to study with everything here, but I don't want to transfer blindly, giving up everything I am, to study something I'll only regret doing.
Thank you very much. I'm grateful to any advice, everything will help me succeed.