So, I'm currently in my 1st year of studying BMS and I'm not too fond of becoming a BMS after graduating as to me its not just what I'd want to do for however many years of my life and as naive as this sounds, I'd want to be earning a greater salary than what a BMS would present me. Don't get me wrong, 3 years down the line this could change.
However, I've read in places that those with a BMS degree could potentially get into business, accountancy, law or whatever else it may be. Is this true?
Furthermore, my current plan is go on to do a Masters down south after this, to a much better Uni (UCL, ICL, KCL etc...). With a masters in a more specialised subject of BMS, for just an example, biotechnology. Do I have much greater career prospects and salary opportunities?
I've just recently had a panic of my future with this degree and such an to me doing that Masters sounds ideal but any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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- Thread Starter
- 11-03-2018 16:54
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- 11-03-2018 17:20
Most grad schemes (e.g. in business, accounting, finance, so on and so forth) don't have any specific subject requirements and merely require a degree with normally at least a 2:1 classification. Additionally you can get a training contract with a law firm as a non-law graduate which includes a funded GDL. So yes, this is true. There are also other options - various civil service roles, graduate librarian training schemes, teaching etc.
As far as remaining within the broad discipline, there is the academia route. This would normally involve getting a PhD (a masters may be a useful stepping stone to this, but isn't always necessary) to become an academic, but you could work in a lab in an academic insitution. I imagine this latter option wouldn't be that different to working as a BMS in the NHS with the exception that it wouldn't be (necessarily) clinically oriented (potentially the working environment and/or pay may be improved, but this is likely to vary considerably between institutions and even individual research groups/labs).
There is of course other medical professions you could go into, although this would probably require further study. Allied health professions degrees are funded by SFE as a second degree as well as a first as I understand, although you should check if this is the case. AHP workers aren't really going to have much greater salary prospects than a BMS however. Physician Associates might though, a route which would require a relevant masters course. Then there is of course medicine itself (also dentistry) which have various routes as a graduate and well publicized and commented on remuneration. Dentistry may not have funding availale as a graduate though, while Medicine has some funding available.
That said if you enjoy the work of a BMS as you've encountered so far, and realistically can live reasonable comfortably on the salary is there really anything to fuss over? Money isn't everything, and if you can enjoy what you do and earn enough to enjoy life outside of work (which unless you're an insufferably narcissistic conspicuous consumer who only derives value extrinsically) then you've pretty much hit on the perfect combination that most spend their lives chasing...