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    Hi Guys,

    So I wished to get some advice. Ever since the beginning of uni, I have been passionate about pursuing a career in law, though I always knew at one point I would like to run my family business.

    My father has suddenly decided to retire (I thought he would retire much later), and told me that provided I gain a few years experience and learn the ropes, I could become CEO of the business within 6 years or so (I am 22 now).

    Our family business is highly successful, turnover exceeds £40 million. I think it would be extremely exciting to run such a company at a young age, and I have lots of ideas for it looking forward.

    However, at the same time, I am extremely motivated in becoming a lawyer, as I wish to 'carve my own path', and be successful through my own means.

    What would you do?

    To be honest, I would probably work at the family business and stay there until I had made enough to support myself (and once I had been CEO for a bit), and if I got bored, I would start thinking about law when I was older and had the safety net of the money made from the family business behind me in case the legal career did not go so well. However, it depends on what sector of work the family business was in and if I was interested in that. It really is your choice, though. However, the option to be CEO for a company that exceeds £40 million is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, whereas you can become and practice as a lawyer when you are older if you wish.
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