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Are you using finance as an example or is finance a field you want to end up in? An astrophysics degree will technically disadvantage you just because it's not a finance degree; however, it would not prevent you from moving into finance.

Engineering degrees teach complex problem solving and critical thinking. You can apply that to any profession.

Deciding your major can be difficult. I didn't finally decide what I wanted to do until I was filling out the application.
But there isn't just one 'finance' degree is there, so in terms of a maths degree as opposed to astrophysics is there a difference in value, and if so how much.
And also engineering seems even further away from finance, so it seems like it'd be an even greater disadvantage.
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Engineering. Why?

Physics= Applied maths

Physics+Real Life=Engineering

It's sort of everything your looking for.
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The degree is only halfway to a good career, the rest is talent, determination, the gift of the gab and competency, so choose what you will enjoy the most and then work for it. As you must know, science degrees of any form is going to be solid/very difficult. If possible, maybe do something like Natural Sciences if you want some breadth =)
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(Original post by anil10100)
Oh okay, so your saying for a financial career I would not be disadvantaged for having astrophysics rather than economics or maths or something similar? Also, I always thought all engineering related degrees for specifically for engineers and not really relevant if you wanted to pursue any other profession?
I have friends with History and English degrees who have internships/graduate jobs with Big 4 accounting firms and an IB. They all have maths tests, so unless you're wanting to be an actuary (which you usually need a maths-related degree for), just do anything traditional and it'll be fine. For IB it's much more about the uni you go to: Geography at Oxbridge fine, Maths at a non-top 10 uni, not fine.
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(Original post by anil10100)
But there isn't just one 'finance' degree is there, so in terms of a maths degree as opposed to astrophysics is there a difference in value, and if so how much.
And also engineering seems even further away from finance, so it seems like it'd be an even greater disadvantage.
Have you been on any financial companies' websites? They usually don't care what your degree is in. It's not like auditors are going to be using physics equations!

If you like a lot of subjects, go for natural sciences.
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The thing is.What do you want to do with your life?Any career plan?Wha'ts the point of signing up for a degree if its not a means to an end(career) which itself should be a mean to an end(life goal).
Doing a degree is all about the job you get at the end of it, it's fine to do a degree in a subject purely because you enjoy the subject etc. Even if the career doesn't lead to a specific job or group of jobs, you're employment prospects will be better off having done a degree.
Also since when was a career a means to a 'life goal'? What do you mean by 'life goal'?
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The thing is, because I dont have any particular favourite subject, I'd rather do a degree that im good at and that will have excellent career prospects, rather than one which I enjoy.

And thanks for that angelmxxx, you see that's my reasoning for not doing maths right there, in your opinion, what's the most numerate science-based degree that will assist in being an actuary?
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Personally, I think that if you don't know for sure what you want to do you should apply this year. There's no point starting a degree and wishing you'd done something else. Take a gap year and spend A2 year working out what you want to study (and whether you really want to go to uni), you'll have a much better idea then.
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Doing a degree is all about the job you get at the end of it, it's fine to do a degree in a subject purely because you enjoy the subject etc. Even if the career doesn't lead to a specific job or group of jobs, you're employment prospects will be better off having done a degree.
Also since when was a career a means to a 'life goal'? What do you mean by 'life goal'?
Your purpose in life.Your aspiration.Your main aim.What do you want to be in your life? A degree, a career etc are all just ways to get to your life main goal.A uni degree/career shouldn't be your main aim.
Unfortunately many people do not have this sense of life goal.
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Your purpose in life.Your aspiration.Your main aim.What do you want to be in your life? A degree, a career etc are all just ways to get to your life main goal.A uni degree/career shouldn't be your main aim.
Unfortunately many people do not have this sense of life goal.
What's your life goal, bro?
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(Original post by anil10100)
The thing is, because I dont have any particular favourite subject, I'd rather do a degree that im good at and that will have excellent career prospects, rather than one which I enjoy.

And thanks for that angelmxxx, you see that's my reasoning for not doing maths right there, in your opinion, what's the most numerate science-based degree that will assist in being an actuary?
Whichever one you'll get the best mark in and enjoy. The work you'll do as an actuary isn't really like any work you'll do in your degree. If you did a maths degree you might do 1 module in actuarial maths but apart from the 'basic' degree level maths (which you'll get in any degree), that's about it.

That's why there are lots of exams to do once you actually become an actuary. Statistics would be helpful (you may get exemptions from actuarial exams, and if not you'd have a bit of a head start when you do the stats exams) but it really doesn't matter.

So just do what you're interested in - natural sciences is a good bet if you're not sure because it's so flexible, you can choose your modules based on what you find out you're interested in - and get a good 2.1 or a 1st from a good uni!
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Natural Sciences? That way you can incorporate the lot!
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(Original post by anil10100)
The thing is, because I dont have any particular favourite subject, I'd rather do a degree that im good at and that will have excellent career prospects, rather than one which I enjoy.

And thanks for that angelmxxx, you see that's my reasoning for not doing maths right there, in your opinion, what's the most numerate science-based degree that will assist in being an actuary?
If you want to become an actuary, why not just study Actuarial Sciences? If you study that at places like LSE/Heriot Watt, you get exemptions from a lot of exams
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Wrong thread soz^ please don't neg
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What's your life goal, bro?
Become one of the wealthiest people in Qatar.
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Become one of the wealthiest people in Qatar.
How admirable :rolleyes:
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The thing is, because I dont have any particular favourite subject, I'd rather do a degree that im good at and that will have excellent career prospects, rather than one which I enjoy.

And thanks for that angelmxxx, you see that's my reasoning for not doing maths right there, in your opinion, what's the most numerate science-based degree that will assist in being an actuary?
I really don't see what the problem is.. do you honestly think a Maths degree... from cambridge doesn't have amazing job prostpects? A maths degree is probably the most common degree taken by people interested in finance and earning riddiculous sums of money/

A maths degree is perfectly acceptable, if not ideal for a a career as an actuary, or indeed any other financia job and you've already said it's your favorite subject so what's the issue.
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And I'll probably be applying to Cambridge if that changes anything
Natural Sciences. You HAVE to do maths as part of their natural sciences course anyway
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(Original post by anil10100)
Before I start, I know people are going to say choose the degree that you enjoy the most, but read on.

Basically, it's not long until I'm going to be applying to uni, but I'm still undecided as to what I want to do. I've always kinda wanted to do maths for no real reason, but recently I've realised I'm drastically better at sciences than maths. I think I enjoy maths marginally more but I realistically stand a far better chance getting into a good uni applying for a science. I gain interest and enjoy any subject that I put my mind to, but I also need to think in terms of career prospects. In my opinion, there's no point in doing a degree I enjoy if it's got absolutely no career prospects (waste of money). In short, I think I can get into a far better university applying for a science, than maths. But I enjoy maths marginally more, but I can quickly gain interest in pretty much anything after a while.
Sorry for this immensely shambolic ramble, but advice would be appreciated, cheers.
Have you considered a degree in Natural Sciences? Initially you start off with a broad spectrum of science subjects including Maths, but later on in the course you specialise in the areas that most interest you. It is offered by a number of top universities including Cambridge (A*AA), Durham, UCL, Bath, Nottingham and Southampton (all
AAA).
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(Original post by Theconomist)
Your purpose in life.Your aspiration.Your main aim.What do you want to be in your life? A degree, a career etc are all just ways to get to your life main goal.A uni degree/career shouldn't be your main aim.
Unfortunately many people do not have this sense of life goal.
Sounds like you've been reading too many self-help books. All you can control is the present, so what's the point of overly fretting about some "life goal" 40 years down the line? You might get hit by a bus tomorrow.
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