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    The school and sixth form I went to were always very pushy in terms of the core stem subjects and pupils being academic. My school for example was a specialist in Maths and Computing so that was something we perhaps did more so than other schools. I was naturally good at it so was always pushed to do more and had it suggested as a career. That combined with my personal circumstances pretty much nailed it as the career path- working in IT security.

    The trouble was I didn't love it or have a passion. I'd never been given the chance to experience other options which were linked to more personal interests not only due to the schools but also personal life due to lack of money and divorced parents. So it was real combination of factors. Regardless it's been an adventure and i've seen things which no one knows exists and been to places some only dream of. I will value that and try to use it for my benefit in the future.
    Only after 12 hour day and night shifts watching loads of netflix/movies whilst working did I realise I cared more for the creation process of that films compared to my job and current career path. It takes in my computer/technology background but introduces more of a creative outlet with the results/feedback of my work being public and visible to all. Something I personally value. I dislike doing work which just disappears and is never feedback upon.
    This sounds like a real eye-opener for you and I'm sure many students who have had to pave their way in finding what's best for them. What we really like is that you've incorporated what you're good at but used it in a career path which matches your personality!
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    17, but now have doubts (at 22)
    Wait, you don’t want to be a banker anymore??
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    Wait, you don’t want to be a banker anymore??
    unfulfilling / lifestyle concerns

    in short, pretty numb life sucking career - life's too short imo
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    (Original post by gr8wizard10)
    unfulfilling / lifestyle concerns

    in short, pretty numb life sucking career - life's too short imo
    Tbh having seen a lot of bankers as clients I’m pretty happy with B4... it’s surprisingly fulfilling (some of the work is mind numbing but a lot is actually pretty interesting) and the lifestyle is ok (busy at times - still in the office, probably finishing up at about 2am today... but gives you enough time to have a life for most of the year)
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    Tbh having seen a lot of bankers as clients I’m pretty happy with B4... it’s surprisingly fulfilling (some of the work is mind numbing but a lot is actually pretty interesting) and the lifestyle is ok (busy at times - still in the office, probably finishing up at about 2am today... but gives you enough time to have a life for most of the year)
    it’s the latter that i don’t have. have worked everyday for the past 2 months, culture and setup of banking is toxic, nobody gives a ****. cancel so many plans, there’s no point making any anymore and then when you do have that 5 hours free in a sunday afternoon, it’s too late to make any reasonable plans because ppl don’t operate on a continuously spontaneous basis, so have to resort to finding 1 person activities. gets lonely, tiring.. just not happy, this isn’t worth it in the slightest.
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    (Original post by gr8wizard10)
    it’s the latter that i don’t have. have worked everyday for the past 2 months, culture and setup of banking is toxic, nobody gives a ****. cancel so many plans, there’s no point making any anymore and then when you do have that 5 hours free in a sunday afternoon, it’s too late to make any reasonable plans because ppl don’t operate on a continuously spontaneous basis, so have to resort to finding 1 person activities. gets lonely, tiring.. just not happy, this isn’t worth it in the slightest.
    Haven't posted on here for a while for the reasons outlined above - zero free time. I'm on holiday at the moment - except I'm at home - because I didn't have time to organise the holiday because of work. But absolutely agree with this.
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    Tbh having seen a lot of bankers as clients I’m pretty happy with B4... it’s surprisingly fulfilling (some of the work is mind numbing but a lot is actually pretty interesting) and the lifestyle is ok (busy at times - still in the office, probably finishing up at about 2am today... but gives you enough time to have a life for most of the year)
    I'm gonna start at one of the big 4 next month on the grad scheme. Will i be at client sites for duration of the training contract or will i be more at the office near the end of the 3 year training contract?
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    I'm gonna start at one of the big 4 next month on the grad scheme. Will i be at client sites for duration of the training contract or will i be more at the office near the end of the 3 year training contract?
    Mostly at client site until a couple of years post qualification, with the caveat that it is client dependent.
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    In like 2012 (when I was 15) when I read the wet feet guide to million dollar careers.

    Still not 100% sure though.. Life can go in any direction really..

    But ideally want an entry level top tier finance position, technology position or strategy consulting directly after uni.. then reasses later.. after some years of experience.

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    When did you realise what you wanted to be career wise?
    Went in to teaching because I liked the idea of it. Realised that I liked variety but not sure which industry. Became a consultant at a big 4 because I still don't know what to do. It let's me try out different industries and work. It's basically a job to try and find my ideal job
 
 
 
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