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    (Original post by Chwirkytheappleboy)
    Sorry the "Delirious" comment was aimed at the other person I quoted who used that word. I just quoted you both together because you appeared to be suggesting the same general idea.

    I really had no direction when I was at Uni. Literally no idea at all. I found my graduate job by flicking through the pages of the "Top 100 Graduate Employers" magazine that was given to me by the careers department at my University. I saw a company called CHP Consulting offering a starting salary of £35k and thought "oh that looks like a good salary, I'll apply there". A month later after a couple of trips down to London for interviews I was offered the job.

    Started working, still no idea what I wanted to do or whether I had chosen the right career. Eventually left after 2 years to study Medicine and I'm now a junior doctor wondering whether to leave to do something else or stay and have to choose a specialty (more choices and more uncertainty)

    Hooray for stumbling around in the dark with no sense of purpose
    Ahaha, sounds like a wild journey!

    Interesting how you simply chose a grad scheme on the spot and ended up nabbing a place without being at least (from the looks of it) somewhat vested in what the job entailed. Takes a lot of luck to pull that off

    The thing about uncertainty is, if you embrace it with all your might, you may actually end up in a position you would never have imagined you'd be in. I personally feel the best career decisions are the 'stabs in the dark' where you take a risk on whichever route you go down - the payoff (monetarily and sentimentally) tends to be commensurate to the risk.

    Anyway, good luck making your decisions! I hope the junior doc contract issue gets resolved soon enough.



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    Parisites! What would you tell people when they ask what you do?
    Haha I don't know! They'll think I'm disgusting :lol:
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Ahaha, sounds like a wild journey!

    Interesting how you simply chose a grad scheme on the spot and ended up nabbing a place without being at least (from the looks of it) somewhat vested in what the job entailed. Takes a lot of luck to pull that off

    The thing about uncertainty is, if you embrace it with all your might, you may actually end up in a position you would never have imagined you'd be in. I personally feel the best career decisions are the 'stabs in the dark' where you take a risk on whichever route you go down - the payoff (monetarily and sentimentally) tends to be commensurate to the risk.

    Anyway, good luck making your decisions! I hope the junior doc contract issue gets resolved soon enough.



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    Yeah, I mean you're probably right. It seems intuitive that if you have a clear aim from the outset then you can prepare well for selection panels/interviews etc. But even so, don't underestimate how much you can learn about a company/industry with a few days to spare and some time spent on Google

    Thanks. I'm booked onto a Skiing Instructor course in June, so if Jeremy Hunt remains committed to forcing us all out of Medicine then I'm ready to start a new chapter!
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Degree: Maths and Computer Science (Data Science)
    Jobs/Careers of Interest: TMT Coverage - IBD, Strategy Consulting
    Graduate Salary Expected: IBD: £50k base, 30-50% bonus. Strat: £35-40k base, 10% bonus.

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    I'm studying Computer Science (I almost did Maths as a joint honours, but would have missed too much comp sci), and my field of interest is also Data Science. I've been looking at possible social media applications, with the intention to build my own tech start-up after my Master's degree.

    It would be interesting to here what you think about the industry and where you think a good field of employment is for people with our skill set.
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    Degree: BA Fine Art
    Jobs/Careers of interest: MaleProfessional Stripper, after 5 yr experience, Red Light District pole dancer
    Graduate salary expected: 90k start, with 50% bonus depending on performance
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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    Degree: BA Fine Art
    Jobs/Careers of interest: MaleProfessional Stripper, after 5 yr experience, Red Light District pole dancer
    Graduate salary expected: 90k start, with 50% bonus depending on performance
    LOOOOL

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    (Original post by Daniel9998)
    Degree- Chemical Engineering
    Careers of Interest- Acting ( aiming to land a superhero role in a marvel film or DC if worst comes to worst )
    Graduate Salary Expected- £1m++
    Wouldn't u consider a villain role? :P
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    (Original post by VannR)
    I'm studying Computer Science (I almost did Maths as a joint honours, but would have missed too much comp sci), and my field of interest is also Data Science. I've been looking at possible social media applications, with the intention to build my own tech start-up after my Master's degree.

    It would be interesting to here what you think about the industry and where you think a good field of employment is for people with our skill set.
    There are tonnes of avenues to take in a data science/analytics role..

    The main ones are: technology and quant finance.

    Tech companies (Google, FB, Microsoft, etc) regularly hire: data scientists, data analysts and business analysts. FB actually has this cool role which combines data science with software engineering (data engineering).

    Finance companies, especially investment managers (i.e. BlackRock), quant hedge funds (DE Shaw, Citadel, Two Sigma etc) and proprietary trading firms (Jane Street, SIG, DRW etc) all have roles within their quant research groups primarily focused on utilising data to come up with new strategies to implement on the markets. I believe Goldman actually has this nifty data analytics group in their operations department, not sure about other i-banks.

    Others include:
    Credit card companies (AmEx, Capital One, Visa etc), fintech (Bloomberg etc), all take on data analysts/business analysts to utilise consumer data, and general market data for insight creation.

    Hell even sports teams, the NHS, pharmaceutical companies etc. The scope is huge for where data scientists/analytics professionals can work. Wherever there is big data, there will be data scientists.

    Outside of quant analysis/data analytics, you might find things like market intelligence/business intelligence to be of interest.

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    Degree: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Jobs/Careers of Interest: Software Engineering (May do an Msc in Artificial Intelligence or just specialise as part of my Masters) / Finance (Investment Banking if I decide to sell out lol)
    Graduate Salary Expected: 35-40k for both I think? With added bonuses for IB
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    (Original post by chrisidialu)
    Degree: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Jobs/Careers of Interest: Software Engineering (May do an Msc in Artificial Intelligence or just specialise as part of my Masters) / Finance (Investment Banking if I decide to sell out lol)
    Graduate Salary Expected: 35-40k for both I think? With added bonuses for IB
    You'd be on the money for software engineering within an IB. But actual front office IB is £50k + bonus.

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    Degree: BScComputer Science
    Jobs/Careers of Interest: Software Engineer, IT Consultant, Tech Startup. moving up to management after a few years.
    Graduate Salary Expected: £28k - £30k
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    You'd be on the money for software engineering within an IB. But actual front office IB is £50k + bonus.

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    I assume the engineering roles in the proper tech companies (Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook etc) are more then?
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    (Original post by chrisidialu)
    I assume the engineering roles in the proper tech companies (Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook etc) are more then?
    Yeah, significantly more. I've seen some of the offers first hand from friends.

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    (Original post by MevMev)
    Wouldn't u consider a villain role? :P
    Maybe, I see myself more of an Iron Man than a Loki
    But im not fussy, if marvel wants me as a villain, I would happily accept it
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    The UK job market is going to nail some people quite hard...
    what do you mean?
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    Degree: BSc Accounting and Finance (S/O Warwick)
    Jobs/Careers of Interest: Asset Management / Equity Research
    Graduate Salary Expected: £30 - £35 k (not sure on bonuses)
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    (Original post by scrawlx101)
    what do you mean?
    Although it's great that people are ambitious and have set high professional goals for themselves, the average starting salary for a graduate is below £25k, and that's only considering those in full time work. For 2013/14 the median salary was £20k.

    I suspect TSR is slightly skewed by a higher proportion of people looking at specific (and high paying) careers, and also a higher proportion of people looking for careers in geographical locations that will pay more, namely London.


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    Degree: Biomed/Microbiology
    Jobs/Careers of Interest: Assuming I can get one, which is unlikely enough, medical or research scientist? Or just wherever the hell will employ me
    Graduate Salary Expected: £21-26k or whatever the job seekers allowance is
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    The issue is that you are competing against the best part of 100,000 applicants though (if not more), from the UK and abroad. Yes, if you are in the top 2% of those applicants you are going to get the job, but the overwhelming majority of people applying are going to be thoroughly disappointed.

    It's great that you and others are gunning for it and are determined to get there, but it is still a pretty narrow field to get into no matter how determined you are.




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    Definitely, well aware of the competition! It's interesting, I'm in quite a tight group of friends all aiming for high finance roles, etc. With my help and the help between themselves, they all managed to gain internship and full time positions at each respective firm. Even people on TSR that have messaged me for CV help etc, have messaged me months later to say they've landed a job

    The trouble with using 'top 2%' as a qualifier is that 90% of those applicants won't have optimisied their CVs nor would they have taken the care to iron out any obvious blunders. I've seen this first hand when I helped my mother (she was in HR at a decent firm) sift through a couple bunches of grad CVs; the ones which didn't fit the criteria were very easy to spot.

    Thanks for the dose of (non-sarcastic/patronising) realism to the thread though, it's always welcome.
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    (Original post by scrawlx101)
    what do you mean?
    People have high expectations of employment straight away post-degree, when the reality is that there are very few graduate jobs.
 
 
 
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