Need career advice :( Optom verses computer science

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Keep in mind I'm an extremely money oriented person so I legit only care about salary and would not mind doing something I don't love for a great 70k+ salary
I initially wanted to do optometry, but after getting accepted by my uni and doing more research I've noticed a lot of flaws... 1 being there is no career progression and once uve chosen optom theres no way to branch out or specialise in anything other than optom... I'm pretty much stuck there for the rest of my life... the other is I will be getting 54000 worth of debt from living outside london and taking maintenance loan etc which puts me off a lot... After hearing about cs and the money potential, I looked into that but since I have absolutely no cs experience idk if I even enjoy programming but i do love learning about tech... thing w cs is theres more opportunity for me to branch out/ do a masters and go into data science or ai etc so I'm not stuck however it is incredibly oversaturated and I'm not aware of any unis that accept w out any prior cs knowledge other than extremely bad ones like maybe london met.... is this a good choice or will i be fighting endlessly to get a job in an already over saturated field? should i go for the option that guarantees me a job (optom) instead and earn possibly 50-60k all my life w no more salary progression?

long rant lol but hopefully someone can give me their 2 cents of advice
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Keep in mind I'm an extremely money oriented person so I legit only care about salary and would not mind doing something I don't love for a great 70k+ salary
I initially wanted to do optometry, but after getting accepted by my uni and doing more research I've noticed a lot of flaws... 1 being there is no career progression and once uve chosen optom theres no way to branch out or specialise in anything other than optom... I'm pretty much stuck there for the rest of my life... the other is I will be getting 54000 worth of debt from living outside london and taking maintenance loan etc which puts me off a lot... After hearing about cs and the money potential, I looked into that but since I have absolutely no cs experience idk if I even enjoy programming but i do love learning about tech... thing w cs is theres more opportunity for me to branch out/ do a masters and go into data science or ai etc so I'm not stuck however it is incredibly oversaturated and I'm not aware of any unis that accept w out any prior cs knowledge other than extremely bad ones like maybe london met.... is this a good choice or will i be fighting endlessly to get a job in an already over saturated field? should i go for the option that guarantees me a job (optom) instead and earn possibly 50-60k all my life w no more salary progression?

long rant lol but hopefully someone can give me their 2 cents of advice
Keep thinking. You can't earn big bucks doing a job you hate. No-one does it, that's why you hear about career changes and 'mid-life crises'. Either you can't actually do a job you hate well enough to get promoted and earn well, or you can stick it for a few years, but then realise you've only got one chance of life and you need to enjoy it.

So you need to get out and try new things to find your skills, build experience and make a better analysis of where your realistic career ambitions lie.
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Keep in mind I'm an extremely money oriented person so I legit only care about salary and would not mind doing something I don't love for a great 70k+ salary
I initially wanted to do optometry, but after getting accepted by my uni and doing more research I've noticed a lot of flaws... 1 being there is no career progression and once uve chosen optom theres no way to branch out or specialise in anything other than optom... I'm pretty much stuck there for the rest of my life... the other is I will be getting 54000 worth of debt from living outside london and taking maintenance loan etc which puts me off a lot... After hearing about cs and the money potential, I looked into that but since I have absolutely no cs experience idk if I even enjoy programming but i do love learning about tech... thing w cs is theres more opportunity for me to branch out/ do a masters and go into data science or ai etc so I'm not stuck however it is incredibly oversaturated and I'm not aware of any unis that accept w out any prior cs knowledge other than extremely bad ones like maybe london met.... is this a good choice or will i be fighting endlessly to get a job in an already over saturated field? should i go for the option that guarantees me a job (optom) instead and earn possibly 50-60k all my life w no more salary progression?

long rant lol but hopefully someone can give me their 2 cents of advice
Pretty much every CS programme will accept you without prior experience - for the "top" universities it's your mathematics background at A-level that actually matters.

I should add that with CS getting onto a degree programme (and finishing it) is probably the easiest part. You need to be doing a lot of self-studying and grinding through practice tests like Leetcode/Hackerrank if you want to secure a 70k+ job at the likes of Meta/Amazon/Google etc. outside of your degree - and that means you actually need to enjoy programming and problem solving.

Junior CS-related roles (SWE/DS/DA) are already oversaturated. Look at how many CS grads end up being unemployed because they think it is a one way ticket to American-style six-figure salaries immediately after throwing the mortarboard hat in the air.

I'm not saying you should not study CS and instead go and study for an optometry degree - what I am trying to say is that a CS degree is not some golden ticket. Despite being an "extremely money oriented person ", you will need to have better reasons than that to get you through a degree you might end up hating AND studying during your free time for technical assessments.
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Keep in mind I'm an extremely money oriented person so I legit only care about salary and would not mind doing something I don't love for a great 70k+ salary
I initially wanted to do optometry, but after getting accepted by my uni and doing more research I've noticed a lot of flaws... 1 being there is no career progression and once uve chosen optom theres no way to branch out or specialise in anything other than optom... I'm pretty much stuck there for the rest of my life... the other is I will be getting 54000 worth of debt from living outside london and taking maintenance loan etc which puts me off a lot... After hearing about cs and the money potential, I looked into that but since I have absolutely no cs experience idk if I even enjoy programming but i do love learning about tech... thing w cs is theres more opportunity for me to branch out/ do a masters and go into data science or ai etc so I'm not stuck however it is incredibly oversaturated and I'm not aware of any unis that accept w out any prior cs knowledge other than extremely bad ones like maybe london met.... is this a good choice or will i be fighting endlessly to get a job in an already over saturated field? should i go for the option that guarantees me a job (optom) instead and earn possibly 50-60k all my life w no more salary progression?

long rant lol but hopefully someone can give me their 2 cents of advice
I would say try and find courses for computer science on clearing (this may not work this year as there may be higher competition for places). If clearing doesn't work go on a gap year if you're undecided, why waste a place on optometry if you don't want to go into it.
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Keep in mind I'm an extremely money oriented person so I legit only care about salary and would not mind doing something I don't love for a great 70k+ salary
I initially wanted to do optometry, but after getting accepted by my uni and doing more research I've noticed a lot of flaws... 1 being there is no career progression and once uve chosen optom theres no way to branch out or specialise in anything other than optom... I'm pretty much stuck there for the rest of my life... the other is I will be getting 54000 worth of debt from living outside london and taking maintenance loan etc which puts me off a lot... After hearing about cs and the money potential, I looked into that but since I have absolutely no cs experience idk if I even enjoy programming but i do love learning about tech... thing w cs is theres more opportunity for me to branch out/ do a masters and go into data science or ai etc so I'm not stuck however it is incredibly oversaturated and I'm not aware of any unis that accept w out any prior cs knowledge other than extremely bad ones like maybe london met.... is this a good choice or will i be fighting endlessly to get a job in an already over saturated field? should i go for the option that guarantees me a job (optom) instead and earn possibly 50-60k all my life w no more salary progression?

long rant lol but hopefully someone can give me their 2 cents of advice
I'm not sure why you think that computer science is oversaturated - the tech/IT market is absolutely blazing hot right now. You don't need any coding experience to get into a computer science degree, though for a software related role afterwards they are obviously going to be quite interested in this.

If you take computer science and find out that you don't like programming then you are not confined to software or IT roles afterwards, you will be able to apply for a range of roles in different sectors.
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