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    Okay, so here's the thing. I'm almost at the end of my AS year and I'm going to be applying to universities this year, and I'm leaning towards doing Accounting and Finance. The thing is, I don't know if I will find it interesting, however I do economics and maths now and I enjoy both subjects. The reason why I'm doing A&F is because I want to get a fairly respectable job in the future, and I have two cousins who are accountants who, despite finding their jobs mundane, earn a lot of money and live well.

    Secondly, I have to admit that I feel a bit pressured to pick A&F because my parents have really high expectations of me. My two older sisters are a solicitor and pharmacist respectively, so they expect me to enter a career as well respected.

    People say I should pick what I want to do - the problem is I don't know what I want to do that I know I'd love. The subject I've always excelled at has been English Literature, but I don't think I'd want to do it for three years. But should I risk taking A&F just for the purposes of good career prospects in the future?




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    Okay, so here's the thing. I'm almost at the end of my AS year and I'm going to be applying to universities this year, and I'm leaning towards doing Accounting and Finance. The thing is, I don't know if I will find it interesting, however I do economics and maths now and I enjoy both subjects. The reason why I'm doing A&F is because I want to get a fairly respectable job in the future, and I have two cousins who are accountants who, despite finding their jobs mundane, earn a lot of money and live well.

    Secondly, I have to admit that I feel a bit pressured to pick A&F because my parents have really high expectations of me. My two older sisters are a solicitor and pharmacist respectively, so they expect me to enter a career as well respected.

    People say I should pick what I want to do - the problem is I don't know what I want to do that I know I'd love. The subject I've always excelled at has been English Literature, but I don't think I'd want to do it for three years. But should I risk taking A&F just for the purposes of good career prospects in the future?




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    You could take a gap year to gain some work experience and figure out what you want to do. You could just tell your parents that you want to earn some money before going to university.

    You could go to a university where you can study A&F, but that also offer university wide optional modules. This will mean that you'll study the fundamentals of A&F, but you can pick modules from any other course too.

    You can always do a degree in something that interests you, but as long as you get a 2:1 minimum, you'd be able to apply for many graduate jobs in finance, management etc once your graduate. So, you'd be able to study something of interest, and then still get a good job from it at the end.

    I'm doing Law, but it doesn't mean I want, or have to, become a lawyer.
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    If you're not going to enjoy a subject at uni, it is unlikely that you will be able to excel at university and get the best possible degree classification you can to get yourself into a good job. You need to pick something that you will enjoy both at uni and as a career. Also, it depends how much money you would like to earn, and how important this is over job satisfaction - you don't seem too enthralled by A&F at the minute!

    You don't necessary need to do A&F; you could do, for example, mathematics which can lead to a range of respectable careers too. So can Eng Lit if you have the drive and passion for it.

    My advise would be to pick a subject that is related to an A level subject that you enjoy, but that also has a range of possible job opportunities which you think you will like.

    As the person above has already said, a gap year would probably give you more time to think about what you'd like to do.
 
 
 
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