Mathematics, Mathematics with business management, or Apprenticeship?

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    So I am a really ambitious, hard-working 18 year old, who is unsure of his future career. I am good at maths and languages (got B at a-level for both) and I am currently studying mathematics first year in qmul. However, I did not expect maths to be this hard and boring, but I heard with a maths degree you will get a good job and good money. I also found a bit more interesting degree in my uni, mathematics with business management yet I am a month into study, and I never done economics, so I don't know if I can cope with the new change. Which degree will give you better career opportunities?
    P.s. I also was thinking about the huge debt of unis and read that not a lot of graduates get good or any jobs after graduating, so I was thinking of doing an apprenticeship, as employers (I think) value work experience more and you don't go into debt like uni and still get the relevant qualifications. Yet I am pretty shy, so I might fail in an interview and not get any apprenticeship, if I was to withdraw from uni now. I actually don't know what career is right for me after months of research, but maybe finance and sport-maths related or environment or education are good roles, but money and low work hours (I.e. standard hours) and career progression are most important factors for me. I could talk on forever haha...Any thoughts?
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    look, doing maths without a passion for it, even if you are 'good' at it is a VERY bad idea. It is exceptionally hard and is considered one of the hardest degrees to get. If you are doing it for the money, sure you could get 30kish but with maths to really earn money you should go into Investment banking, not saying this is the only way to make money with maths but is common, now to go to IB you need to go into a top tier uni i.e. oxbridge/imperial/LSE/UCL/Warwick and without this getting front desk IB is rare, but not impossible. So if you really want to make money without a passions for maths it is going to be very hard, boring and not a fun experience. Transfer to physics/other applied maths courses as it may suit your interests.
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    (Original post by samendrag)
    look, doing maths without a passion for it, even if you are 'good' at it is a VERY bad idea. It is exceptionally hard and is considered one of the hardest degrees to get. If you are doing it for the money, sure you could get 30kish but with maths to really earn money you should go into Investment banking, not saying this is the only way to make money with maths but is common, now to go to IB you need to go into a top tier uni i.e. oxbridge/imperial/LSE/UCL/Warwick and without this getting front desk IB is rare, but not impossible. So if you really want to make money without a passions for maths it is going to be very hard, boring and not a fun experience. Transfer to physics/other applied maths courses as it may suit your interests.
    Thanks for your answer. I mean, I enjoyed maths at A-level and that's why i got a good grade. But maybe if i do complete a maths degree, then I can literally go into any job sector. Or maybe an alternative to avoid debt and dissapointment is an apprenticeship?
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    (Original post by ersdfrtg)
    Thanks for your answer. I mean, I enjoyed maths at A-level and that's why i got a good grade. But maybe if i do complete a maths degree, then I can literally go into any job sector. Or maybe an alternative to avoid debt and dissapointment is an apprenticeship?
    Well if you have enjoyed it at A level why aren't you enjoying it now? Maths at a level and maths at uni are different things. Also doing maths in an apprenticeship imo will not do you any good. You may get experience in applied maths but it wont be the same as having a maths degree, whereas if you do something like architecture it will be the same thing. Employers will not see an apprenticeship in maths the same as a degree in maths. My advice to you, if you want to stay in maths, get a degree in something like Physics/Engineering/Computer Science then you can go into anything maths related.
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    If you want something in applied maths, there's always the option of an engineering apprenticeship. The offer degree apprenticeships now, so there's no reason you couldn't go that route, but I'd stick with your uni course at least until you are accepted.
 
 
 
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