I never went to Uni and I earn a graduate wage at 19. AMA

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I left sixth form in the summer, and now I'm earning a graduates wage.

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By ''Graduate wage'' what value do you mean? Around 20K I assume. What career have you chosen and do you enjoy it?
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What is a "graduate wage"?
What is your job?
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By ''Graduate wage'' what value do you mean? Around 20K I assume. What career have you chosen and do you enjoy it?
Yeah around that wage.

I run a coffee shop. I absolutely love it - there is a lot to learn from it.
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What is a "graduate wage"?
What is your job?
I answered in the post above - work in coffee. Won't put my exact salary, but around that.
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You say you run the coffee shop. My question to you is what next?

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I answered in the post above - work in coffee. Won't put my exact salary, but around the 20K mark.
Considering an average graduate salary is 26-29k, that's significantly below a graduate salary
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I answered in the post above - work in coffee. Won't put my exact salary, but around the 20K mark.
Do you have prospects for advancement? I think that ~£20k constitutes a rather low graduate starting salary, to be fair, and even then only in 'generic' graduate jobs, not specialised jobs.
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I don't know - but that's not really what I consider a "graduate wage", but hey.
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You say you run the coffee shop. My question to you is what next?

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I could go anywhere - there is a lot of room for me to progress in this line of work, or I could choose to go with something completely different. But I'm looking to stay here for a good few years, I love it.
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I don't know - but that's not really what I consider a "graduate wage", but hey.
It is for history grads and similar lol

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It is for history grads and similar lol

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Actually, what kind of jobs do you get with a history degree? I know that some people go into Law afterwards, but salaries are more like 35-40k there.
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Considering an average graduate salary is 26-29k, that's significantly below a graduate salary
That's an average. I know a fair few graduates, who work for the same wage as me.

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Do you have prospects for advancement? I think that ~£20k constitutes a rather low graduate starting salary, to be fair, and even then only in 'generic' graduate jobs, not specialised jobs.
Well Heads of Development for coffee earn 60-80K a year. I could look to progress to that over the next 10 years. There is a lot of room to progress within this line of work.

It's low for a grad, but I'm not a grad. :teehee:

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I don't know - but that's not really what I consider a "graduate wage", but hey.
I know an awful lot of grads that earn less than my wage. I think people fall under the assumption that they will earn a lot more when they leave uni. :erm:

I mean, a Junior Doctor can expect to earn 22-25K when they leave uni. So I think I'm doing pretty well considering I didn't have to pay 45K minimum to get to that.
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Actually, what kind of jobs do you get with a history degree? I know that some people go into Law afterwards, but salaries are more like 35-40k there.
Not for their first job straight out of Uni :erm:
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That's an average. I know a fair few graduates, who work for the same wage as me.



Well Heads of Development for coffee earn 60-80K a year. I could look to progress to that over the next 10 years. There is a lot of room to progress within this line of work.

It's low for a grad, but I'm not a grad. :teehee:



I know an awful lot of grads that earn my wage. I think people fall under the assumption that they will earn a lot more when they leave uni. :erm:

I mean, a Junior Doctor can expect to earn 22-25K when they leave uni. So I think I'm doing pretty well considering I didn't have to pay 45K minimum to get to where I am.
And there are also graduates on 40k at investment banks. You are earning below a 'typical' graduate salary.

Also, you're only earning 20k, so even if you had gone to uni you wouldn't be paying off any debt right now anyway. Plus, there's most likely less opportunity for career progression in your coffee shop compared to a decent university degree.
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And there are also graduates on 40k at investment banks. You are earning below a 'typical' graduate salary.

Also, you're only earning 20k, so even if you had gone to uni you wouldn't be paying off any debt right now anyway. Plus, there's most likely less opportunity for career progression in your coffee shop compared to a decent university degree.

Actually I'm not only earning 20k, I said I'm earning a grad salary and you assumed it was 20k. That kinda rests my case.

But...I don't have that debt resting on my shoulders either. I have a lot of progression in this field, and the choice to go to uni in the future if I want to, (as I have good A levels). Right now, I'm successful without uni. :awesome:
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Actually I'm not only earning 20k, I said I'm earning a grad salary and you assumed it was 20k. That kinda rests my case.
You said in a post above 'about that wage' ie 20k-ish
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Not for their first job straight out of Uni :erm:
I'd say around the top 50/60 law firms in the city offer grad starting salaries (yes that's first job) between 32-42k mark. If you want the stats check out roll on Friday which has the stats for the salaries which will make you realise you're probably just under the average grad salary


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You said in a post above 'about that wage' ie 20k-ish
"about that wage" <--- this means it isn't actually that wage :awesome:

I don't want to put out my actual wage on here. :yy:
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