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I'm currently in year 12 and already starting my hunt for universities. Im certain I want to go for engineering but I'm not sure which course I want to go for? At the moment I'm looking at mechanical but also am interested in aeronautical and a few others. I want a career path where there is demand and also pays well but looking at aeronautical for example, it seems like it isn't as well paid as it sounds, on the other hand petroleum is paid the most but I, not sure if there is much demand for it etc.
Any got any advice/thoughts?
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Try get summer schools and work experience. Headstart does quite a few diff engineering ones. I did a physics one in June
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You may want to look into general engineering courses, or those that start off as "general" and allow you to specialise in some area later.

In the specific case of aerospace engineering, it's quite common for people to do a first degree in e.g. mechanical, electronic/electrical, materials engineering or something else, and then go on to work in the aerospace engineering sector. Sometimes they do a specialised MSc in Aerospace Engineering of some variety first, sometimes they go directly into the sector.

Bear in mind outside of London any job that pays £40k is more than enough to live on comfortably.
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(Original post by Sh1vam.naik)
I'm currently in year 12 and already starting my hunt for universities. Im certain I want to go for engineering but I'm not sure which course I want to go for? At the moment I'm looking at mechanical but also am interested in aeronautical and a few others. I want a career path where there is demand and also pays well but looking at aeronautical for example, it seems like it isn't as well paid as it sounds, on the other hand petroleum is paid the most but I, not sure if there is much demand for it etc.
Any got any advice/thoughts?
Study something broad at undergrad (BEng or MEng) and then you can work in almost any industry you want. Virtually all industries hire mechanical and electrical/electronics engineers, and many also hire civil and chemical too.
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Petroleum is good pay now but you have to consider the long term prospects, it's potentially not an industry which will be so vibrant at the end of your career, or even halfway. Chemical is a bit more protected from that as you have a broader background, but if you go into the Oil and Gas industry afterwards you might find it's just as difficult to switch to a different industry, particularly as you may be competing against other potentially more experienced engineers in O&G.

Aerospace is often more specific but it does have some broadness in it depending on the university. Some universities have a decent amount of EEE and programming content in their aero degrees which alongside the typically heavy mechanical engineering content can result in a very wide set of opportunities after graduation. The high programming content can also result in a career based upon that which can happily compete with the payscales of engineers in O&G, though as above you can live a very comfortable life without being "well paid", particularly if you have a working partner.
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