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    I'm interested in what people on TSR want to do and what reasoning they have behind their decisions. Especially after supposedly finding out that some people are not incentivised (at all) by earning potential.

    Also if you can add what steps have you taken to get there? i.e University Degree, related work experience, super-curriculars, anything else of the likes.

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    Intended Career: I intend to find a role in IB (S+T, preferably equities/currencies.. if not Risk Management of some sort, not that it matters).

    Reasoning: Money mainly. I have an interest in Economics/Financial Markets/Business. It's the prestige that comes with the job, working in the 'major leagues' (essentially) and making a name for myself.

    Steps: Most trading positions in trading require a 2:1 degree with a quant focus in which I'll start in September. I've done/I'm doing various work-related experiences with financial institutions. I've networked with a lot of key individuals who I've managed to utilise to get me places (hopefully towards where I want to go). I also manage an equities portfolio (albeit with virtual funds) on US markets in my spare time.

    PS: If this is in the wrong forum, I have no issue with it being moved.

    tl;dr: What career do you intend to go into? Why? What have you done towards getting there?
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    I've spent the last year hoping to study Cosmetic Science at either DMU or UAL, just because it's something that I would really enjoy and I know that I would be good at it. I'm taking Biology, Chemistry and French onto A2 and I enjoy all of them but if I pursue Cosmetic Science there's a lot of cons i.e:
    - The entry requirements are incredibly low, and I feel like I would be putting all my hard work to waste
    - I'd end up working in a lab (which is what I want to do) but the pay can be as low as 16k per year and won't ever get much higher than 22k
    - I would have to leave London to find a job, since all the major pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies (Unilever / P&G etc) are based up North
    - A lot of people don't consider it to be a respected degree because the word "cosmetic" automatically makes it seem useless
    So now I have to decide on an alternative before I start college again in September, because the cons outweigh the pros by a lot. I haven't discussed this with anyone and it was nice to get this off my chest, so thanks for making this thread. And it seems like you really know what you want to do and how you're going to get there!
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    Career: Toxicologist, Pharmacologist or Doctor (maybe all of them, anything is possible)
    Why?: I quite like the idea of researching poisons and effects etc. I love my sciences and maths I think it will also give me more opportunities to work with and help other people
    Steps: I'm still not sure,
    A-Levels for my year are probably goog to change. I'd like to do Maths, FM, Biology, Chemistry and maybe Geography/language too. I'd like to do NatSci and begin to specialise from there or do medicine at uni. Or NatSci then medicine (and end up in huge debt :rolleyes:)

    I still have a little while to think though!

    Edit: I should also add that I want to travel in my job. This links to me loving the languages I'm learning and geography too!

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    (Original post by Petulia)
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    I'm no expert on the subject. However, is there a possibility you could do a degree such as Chemistry and then choose to apply for said companies after graduation or specialise with an MSc in a related field?
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    Intended Career: Solicitor

    Reasoning: Did law, enjoyed it, the money's alright, the job's secure and it makes my grandma feel like she's truly arrived in the middle class. Didn't fancy wig jockeying due to cost and lack of client relationships or significant team work.

    Steps: Pass final stage of LPC, avoid dying between now and September.
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    At the moment, I am confident that I either want to become a Primary School Teacher (Key Stage 2) or a psychologist. I am more passionate towards teaching, however.

    I would like to be a teacher because, obviously, it's well-paid and you get great holidays. This means you can earn enough money to enjoy your life, but still have time! teachers work about 195/365 days a year so they get 170 days off. How great is that??? and still you start at £21,804 per annum minimum.

    but also I enjoy working with children, it's simple and interesting.

    I am taking A-Level Psychology because it seems interesting, also I look forward to the Child Psychology area of it.
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    Medicine.

    To acquire currency and **** *****es. Duh...
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    (Original post by Abdul-Karim)
    I'm no expert on the subject. However, is there a possibility you could do a degree such as Chemistry and then choose to apply for said companies after graduation or specialise with an MSc in a related field?
    I've considered Chemistry but I feel that I wouldn't enjoy it. I need to move away from the idea of lab work because it's ridiculously low paid and impossible to find unless you move up North. It seems like all science related degrees lead to being unsuccessful unless you do Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacy. Business/office type work is definitely where the money's at, especially if you work in London.
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    (Original post by rileystringer)
    At the moment, I am confident that I either want to become a Primary School Teacher (Key Stage 2) or a psychologist. I am more passionate towards teaching, however.

    I would like to be a teacher because, obviously, it's well-paid and you get great holidays. This means you can earn enough money to enjoy your life, but still have time! teachers work about 195/365 days a year so they get 170 days off. How great is that??? and still you start at £21,804 per annum minimum.

    but also I enjoy working with children, it's simple and interesting.

    I am taking A-Level Psychology because it seems interesting, also I look forward to the Child Psychology area of it.
    Have you researched the options you have in getting into your desired profession?

    All the best!
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    (Original post by Marky Mark)
    Medicine.

    To acquire currency and **** *****es. Duh...
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    (Original post by Abdul-Karim)
    Have you researched the options you have in getting into your desired profession?

    All the best!
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    Intended career: City Lawyer

    Reasoning: Money, prestige and travel opportunities.

    Steps: Do Law degree and LPC and get a training contract.

    Obviously this is liable to change depending on how well I do and how much I enjoy my degree.
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    I personally have little idea what I want to do as a profession. I'm going to university this September to study Computer Science.
    Before I decided to choose this course I was planning on joining the RAF or becoming a teacher. Both still possible after completing my degree, but I don't know if it's truly what I want to do.
    I've also had a passion for medicine but with my GCSES and the fact I did a BTEC at college it makes this career path almost impossible.

    What I want is a job which allows me to help other people, whilst also gaining self achievements along the way. But I don't know if any such jobs exist with a Computer Science degree.

    Any help or feedback is much appreciated.
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    I want to follow in my parents footsteps and own a business. I can't imagine myself working under someone else for the rest of my life - I'm not the type to be someone's *****. :innocent: Seeing the **** my siblings go through with their managers is enough to put me off being in that position.

    I want to start off with something easy during uni. Most likely admin, ideally HR because it's good money and my sister can *hopefully* get me in. It's difficult to get into HR without experience in HR but my sister works for one of the councils in London and she gave me the contact details of the best people to work for in that council, plus she's written an email for me to send to them in which I'm asking for training/experience. Hopefully this gets me somewhere. Also, during this time I want to get started on becoming a published author. I'm working harder for that than anything else.

    After 8 years of doing that along with some other stuff on the side I'm hoping to have a minimum of ~110k saved. I'll most likely have almost double that if I work full time. The joys of living at home. With that money I want to go into business with my brother, dad, or sisters. Or, maybe all of them. Or possibly none of them. It really depends on who I'm still speaking to in 10 years time. Whatever happens I have to be my own boss. I won't live being told what to do in a normal job by someone who isn't me. For the moment I'm thinking real estate or something that sells alcohol (e.g. restaurant), but I don't really care as long as I get moneys. :ahee:

    After years of trying to come up with something realistic to do with my life (my ultimate dream is to become a singer but there's no money in that unless I get famous, but that's highly unlikely!) this is the most realistic plan I've come up with.
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    Career: Pharmacist

    Why: Too queasy and dumb for medicine and I like the lifestyle of a pharmacist (hours, pay, progression), its the most appealing of healthcare positions to me tbh

    Steps: Just finished Chem, Bio, Geog and Philosophy Of Religion AS levels hoping for a's in all but chemistry (screw that), done about 5 weeks pharmacy work experience n loved it etc
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    (Original post by Vixen47)
    I want to follow in my parents footsteps and own a business. I can't imagine myself working under someone else for the rest of my life - I'm not the type to be someone's *****. :innocent: Seeing the **** my siblings go through with their managers is enough to put me off being in that position.

    I want to start off with something easy during uni. Most likely admin, ideally HR because it's good money and my sister can *hopefully* get me in. It's difficult to get into HR without experience in HR but my sister works for one of the councils in London and she gave me the contact details of the best people to work for in that council, plus she's written an email for me to send to them in which I'm asking for training/experience. Hopefully this gets me somewhere. Also, during this time I want to get started on becoming a published author. I'm working harder for that than anything else.

    After 8 years of doing that along with some other stuff on the side I'm hoping to have a minimum of ~110k saved. I'll most likely have almost double that if I work full time. The joys of living at home. With that money I want to go into business with my brother, dad, or sisters. Or, maybe all of them. Or possibly none of them. It really depends on who I'm still speaking to in 10 years time. Whatever happens I have to be my own boss. I won't live being told what to do in a normal job by someone who isn't me. For the moment I'm thinking real estate or something that sells alcohol (e.g. restaurant), but I don't really care as long as I get moneys. :ahee:

    After years of trying to come up with something realistic to do with my life (my ultimate dream is to become a singer but there's no money in that unless I get famous, but that's highly unlikely!) this is the most realistic plan I've come up with.
    Very ambitious, I wish you all the best in your venture. If ever you need financing through the capital markets, either through debt or equity, don't forget me .
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    (Original post by AyCaramba)
    Career: Pharmacist

    Why: Too queasy and dumb for medicine and I like the lifestyle of a pharmacist (hours, pay, progression), its the most appealing of healthcare positions to me tbh

    Steps: Just finished Chem, Bio, Geog and Philosophy Of Religion AS levels hoping for a's in all but chemistry (screw that), done about 5 weeks pharmacy work experience n loved it etc
    Community or hospital based?

    I feel like community pharmacists have a boring job.. almost like a sales assistant?

    Sorry if that was offensive
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    (Original post by tengentoppa)
    Intended career: City Lawyer

    Reasoning: Money, prestige and travel opportunities.

    Steps: Do Law degree and LPC and get a training contract.

    Obviously this is liable to change depending on how well I do and how much I enjoy my degree read RoF between now and applying.
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    (Original post by David B)
    I personally have little idea what I want to do as a profession. I'm going to university this September to study Computer Science.
    Before I decided to choose this course I was planning on joining the RAF or becoming a teacher. Both still possible after completing my degree, but I don't know if it's truly what I want to do.
    I've also had a passion for medicine but with my GCSES and the fact I did a BTEC at college it makes this career path almost impossible.

    What I want is a job which allows me to help other people, whilst also gaining self achievements along the way. But I don't know if any such jobs exist with a Computer Science degree.

    Any help or feedback is much appreciated.
    Technology is becoming a much more prevalent part of society. Not that I have much knowledge in your prospective field, but I would recommend finding internships/related experiences at companies during your time at university. For instance I know in Investment Banking, they hire people who specialise in IT/Tech/Coding in order to keep the machines up and running as it's a vital part of trading/information security.

    With regards to helping other people, I'm not entirely sure. It would depend on what specific gratifications you're looking to gain.
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    Intended career: Optometry.
    Steps taken: studying B.Optom degree.
    Reasoning: Decent pay, (not amazing until you get up into managerial stuff or open your own practice), and I couldn't stand to do an office job which is what I always imagine most 'general' graduates go into. I love working with people and I know people tend to like me too, so I think it's a good use of my skills. Plus, eyes are fascinating in general, haha.
 
 
 
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