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    Ok, here’s my dilemma at the moment. I'm not expecting much feedback but just a little would be nice.

    First off I'm going into my 2nd year studying civil engineering after doing a foundation year and 1st year(obviously)

    For a long time (about a year) now I've always wanted to go into finance. I've researched the career to death. I know what I need to do and where I need to go to achieve my goal.

    I did my first years summer work experience in an accountancy office with a view to doing an investment banking insight week at Easter and internship next summer.

    But with talk of the Olympics, the Severn barrage etc. I've had another look at going into civil engineering...
    Now I'm not so sure... :eek:

    I've always been interested in engineering - watching tv show like grand designs, mega structures etc. but on the flip side I've always been interested in banking and finance (trading shares, following financial news)

    So I find myself split between two passions

    sooo... I think I'll do Pros and Cons. (feel free to add some and I'll edit them in).

    Civil engineering profession:
    Pros

    • High job satisfaction
    • Low amount of hours (compared to banking)
    • interesting
    • not so competitive?
    • Have time for other interests -RNQ

    Cons

    • Low pay (when compared to banking)
    • lots of travel??

    Banking profession :
    Pros

    • High pay (when compared to everything else)
    • Get to live in London for a while (might be a con)
    • "models and bottles" lifestyle
    • High pay

    Cons

    • Lots of hours (when compared to everything else)
    • High stress
    • Living in London (con?)
    • Highly competitive
    • not as glamorous as most people think -RNQ
    • No time to spend the money-RNQ

    So yea, if you can think of any more I could add to the lists holla back.

    Argh I feel like I'm having a midlife crisis the decision needs to be made pretty soon because I need to start applying to summer internships, be it banking or civil. :p:

    It'll be good to hear some../ANY opinions. :confused:
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    If it was me I'd go for the civil engineering.

    Have a life outside work and enjoy it. Money isn't everything.
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    Go for civil engineering- less likely to make you dead inside.
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    Investment banking seems more exciting to me, but it depends on what you find exciting.
    I would go for IB if you don't mind the long hours, the stress.
    If you want a job which allows you to have time for yourself: civil engineering.

    Ehh that didn't help much did it.
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    Does civil engineering pay little?? Come to Norway and they'll be throwing money your way!! :p:
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    If you do Civil Engineering you could probably go into banking later, couldn't you?
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    (Original post by Lampshade)
    If it was me I'd go for the civil engineering.

    Have a life outside work and enjoy it. Money isn't everything.
    i agree
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    (Original post by shuvle)
    Ok, here’s my dilemma at the moment. I'm not expecting much feedback but just a little would be nice.

    First off I'm going into my 2nd year studying civil engineering after doing a foundation year and 1st year(obviously)

    For a long time (about a year) now I've always wanted to go into finance. I've researched the career to death. I know what I need to do and where I need to go to achieve my goal.

    I did my first years summer work experience in an accountancy office with a view to doing an investment banking insight week at Easter and internship next summer.

    But with talk of the Olympics, the Severn barrage etc. I've had another look at going into civil engineering...
    Now I'm not so sure... :eek:

    I've always been interested in engineering - watching tv show like grand designs, mega structures etc. but on the flip side I've always been interested in banking and finance (trading shares, following financial news)

    So I find myself split between two passions

    sooo... I think I'll do Pros and Cons. (feel free to add some and I'll edit them in).

    Civil engineering profession:
    Pros

    • High job satisfaction
    • Low amount of hours (compared to banking)
    • interesting
    • not so competitive?
    • Have time for other interests -RNQ

    Cons

    • Low pay (when compared to banking)
    • lots of travel??

    Banking profession :
    Pros

    • High pay (when compared to everything else)
    • Get to live in London for a while (might be a con)
    • "models and bottles" lifestyle
    • High pay

    Cons

    • Lots of hours (when compared to everything else)
    • High stress
    • Living in London (con?)
    • Highly competitive
    • not as glamorous as most people think -RNQ
    • No time to spend the money-RNQ

    So yea, if you can think of any more I could add to the lists holla back.

    Argh I feel like I'm having a midlife crisis the decision needs to be made pretty soon because I need to start applying to summer internships, be it banking or civil. :p:

    It'll be good to hear some../ANY opinions. :confused:
    If you worked your way up then you could earn allot of money in civil engineering. Some choose to go on and set up their own businesses, you could go and work as a w/b-anker as well (like physics bank are only interested in your ease with numbers and it is pretty obvious that you not stupid). So basically the engineering gives you the option to do either jobs so stick with that.
 
 
 
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