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So I am in yr11 and unsure what to be when older as anything can change and I got options that I am passionate about so I’ve got loads of options just hard to pick including pharmacy which is the only healthcare job I’m interested searched the industry and it is stable but I wanna make six figures in my late 20s before 30 I’m also thinking of becoming a contractor also looking at finance like accounting audit advisory management consulting also looking at financial controller it roles like data analyst software engineering cybersecurity devops cloud it project management tech sales so much just can’t pick I wanna live uk and earn comfortable salary live in greater Manchester and Lancashire so not London idk if I would wanna move from here bc I find it nice but is just the pay in jobs really and yeah????
Hi,

I would when choosing a career that your highest priority is enjoyment and being passionate about that career, as your more likely to do better in career that you enjoy than a career that you don't. Of course, money is in an important factor but it shouldn't be the only factor that you consider. In most jobs you can get to a high salary after gaining experience and building on your skills and responsibilities over the years.

Have you spoken to your school careers team? They will be able to help you and see what might be the best sort of career for you. You can also change your mind if you find that the career you have chosen isn't for you anymore, and that's absolutely okay!

I would also recommend to have a look around at seeing if there's any work experience opportunities, as this is great chance to see what it would be like to work in that job, as well as it looking good on CV's

Hope this helps,
Suzan - Student Ambassador
Reply 2
If your in Y11 don't worry yet it will change 50 times until you get your first job. For now i agree focus on what you enjoy the most and those skills will most likely support you with what every you device to actually fully peruse
Reply 3
Be open minded to all knowledge 🙂 and it will be fine.
Original post by Brianstudy01
So I am in yr11 and unsure what to be when older as anything can change and I got options that I am passionate about so I’ve got loads of options just hard to pick including pharmacy which is the only healthcare job I’m interested searched the industry and it is stable but I wanna make six figures in my late 20s before 30 I’m also thinking of becoming a contractor also looking at finance like accounting audit advisory management consulting also looking at financial controller it roles like data analyst software engineering cybersecurity devops cloud it project management tech sales so much just can’t pick I wanna live uk and earn comfortable salary live in greater Manchester and Lancashire so not London idk if I would wanna move from here bc I find it nice but is just the pay in jobs really and yeah????

My advice would be to start learning skills that go across these industries then you can add your specialist industry knowledge later.

Any job where you're earning six figures in Manchester/Lancashire by your late 20's will require you to have great sales skills (even in accounting/audit/advisory) - you're going to need to bring in clients to make the kind of money you're interested in. Plenty of geasers on youtube teaching sales techniques (just don't get sucked into paying any of them for the knowlege, you'll find it for free on youtube).

Before uni/while you're at uni - my greatest advice would be to work part-time. I worked in HR for years and the one thing that makes a young person stand out is work experience - it shows that you already know how to work, great time management skills and ambition. Plus you'll build the kind of life skills you'll need in these roles (like sales, time management, people management).

I know this isn't what you want to hear (because it's not what I wanted to hear) but you've got time to figure out what you want to do with your life. Don't worry too much about what you study at uni - I've met plenty of people that did jobs that had nothing to do with their degrees.

Plus what you want from life will change - I worked in HR for some big companies and now I run several businesses and a youtube channel. What doesn't change is the life skills you'll build doing different jobs over the years.

Good luck!

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