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    Like do you aim for competitive, top-tier careers like medicine and finance or do you prefer to not focus too much on careers and see where life takes you?

    Do you aim to earn a specific amount of money when you're older or are you fine with just earning an average income like £35000?

    Personally, I'm quite ambitious but I don't think it's a negative thing to want to just live life and see where it takes you- some people have concrete ambitions, others find their purpose in life slowly.
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    I want a career that interests me and one where I can contribute to something I'm passionate about. I want to be a research scientist in veterinary parasitology, and whilst my income probably won't be high, I'd say it's still an ambitious choice considering it requires a PhD and a lot of hard work, patience, and dedication.

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    It really depends on what you mean when you talk about personal income. If you want to do a degree in medicine, for example, you have to undergo several years of intense training even after doing a medical degree for five or six years before you get onto a salary which would be considered in the upper tier by today's standards. Medical students who graduate university only start on £28,000 per year which is akin to an English teacher with a few years of experience. If you want to be a multimillionaire, being in paid employment is unlikely to be sufficient in providing such a salary to meet your aspirations and it'd be better to go into business or investment.

    Personally, I see the pay scale in three tiers:

    Less than £25,000 = Lower Income.
    Between £25,000 and £55,000 = Middle Income
    More than £55,000 = Upper Income.

    If you want to get into the upper income bracket - you should do a degree in Engineering, Finance or any of the Medical subjects.

    I'm going to do a degree in Economics at Leeds this year with the hope of working in business finance. Money is more important to me than job satisfaction.
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    It If you want to be a multimillionaire, being in paid employment is unlikely to be sufficient in providing such a salary to meet your aspirations and it'd be better to go into business or investment.
    I beg to differ.

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    I learnt through doing jobs that to me, doing a job I enjoy is more important than salary. As I found doing a job I do not enjoy means I never want to get up and go to work.


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    Get rich or die trying.
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    I'll probably end up doing something like programming, but deep down I wanna be a songwriter

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    I beg to differ.

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    Sure, but the probability of your wet dreams happening is absolutely miniscule. For instance, becoming partner at a mega firm involves a lot more than knowing someone who knows someone who knows someone who's achieved it. You will recognise this once you actually start working yourself.
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    Graduate salary following doctorate = 35,000

    I'll be aiming to earn over 100,000
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    (Original post by ahpadt)
    Sure, but the probability of your wet dreams happening is absolutely miniscule. For instance, becoming partner at a mega firm involves a lot more than knowing someone who knows someone who knows someone who's achieved it. You will recognise this once you actually start working yourself.
    Of course, I don't disagree with you mate. But it's the exact same thing with starting a business, 80-90% of them fail within the first 3 years. So either way, it's unlikely.
 
 
 
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