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2007/06/14 16:32:00 (permalink)
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Advice please!??

I am currently in my second year of a medical degree and im almost certainly going to fail the year because of relationship/money/accommodation/other worries which happened very close to exams. Although i dont mind doing medicine and would be happy being a G.P, my real passion lies with animals and therefore a zoology degree. At the moment i am torn between re sitting the year or changing to a zoology degree which i know i would love doing. I predict i would get a 1st if i did zoology a the degree would almost be a hobby to me, and certainly no less than a 2.1 and i am at Sheffield uni which is a member of the Rusell group so is respected by employers.
My worry is that if i do change will i be able to get a job afterwards which will pay well enough to support the lifetyle i desire? What are the chances of earning £60k or more by the time i am 40 or so? (i am 22 now). I know that zoology is not the most desireable degree when compared to law/chemistry etc, but would i be attractive to well paying employers with a 1st (and possibly a PHD) in zoology?
As a G.P i am likely to earn £100k and i dont want to throw this away and end struggling for money in the future.
Another option would be to do zoology and the go into the Police and get onto the fast track scheme to move up the ranks quickly, but again i dont know the likelyhood of earning enough money!
Any advice or info would be much appreciated!

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    atkinson2006
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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 16:35:09 (permalink)
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    money in the police ain't cracking mate. Insp are on about 46K a year. Do a job you would enjoy and maybe invest your money to get a better income.

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    Hally
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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 16:39:48 (permalink)
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    You have to look at what's most important to you, is it the money or is it really doing what you know you will enjoy ?

    I did a zoology degree and am currently doing my PhD, I know very well that environmental science/ecotoxicology (my field) is not the best paid field but I'm doing what I enjoy. If you get a PhD you might not end up rich but you wont be too skint. Plus you can always leave science after a PhD with a lot of desirble skills that are looked for by industry/business which would pay a lot more money.

    So it's down to you, just remember though your only young and you have plenty of time. I'm 23 but a lot of people do postgraduate courses in there late 20's/30's.

    So think hard.....

    Good luck with your decision mate.


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    Greenranger
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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 16:46:55 (permalink)
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    This should be a decision based on what you Really want,

    If you work hard at anything there is money to be made,

    But you should choose the right course/degree for what you want

    Whats the point in being paid 100k a year in a job you dont enjoy as much as you could....

    Shut up and squat

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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 16:47:14 (permalink)
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    Thanks mate. To be honest i dont want to be rich, i just want to be comfortable, have a nice house in the country, a resonable car (like a newish impreza or evo), be able to go on nice enough holidays and not have to struggle to pay bills! The thing is, i have no idea what sort of income i need for this because obviously i have never had to deal with any of that (mortgages, family, holidays, running my own house etc).
    You really need to live life once to be able to make the right, informed decisions the second time around!!

    ORIGINAL: Hally

    You have to look at what's most important to you, is it the money or is it really doing what you know you will enjoy ?

    I did a zoology degree and am currently doing my PhD, I know very well that environmental science/ecotoxicology (my field) is not the best paid field but I'm doing what I enjoy. If you get a PhD you might not end up rich but you wont be too skint. Plus you can always leave science after a PhD with a lot of desirble skills that are looked for by industry/business which would pay a lot more money.

    So it's down to you, just remember though your only young and you have plenty of time. I'm 23 but a lot of people do postgraduate courses in there late 20's/30's.

    So think hard.....

    Good luck with your decision mate.




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    Hally
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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 16:56:57 (permalink)
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    If you wanted to go into research in some aspect of zoology after a PhD you normally do a post doc for a 3 - 4 years in which you might earn anywhere between £23,000 - 30,000, You will never earn tons sadly . For instance the director of my insitute only earns about 95K and thats a very senior prof.

    But again if you moved into business you would earn more, as for having a good lifestyle how much you need really depends on if you have a family to support ! So stay single and you can earn a lot less

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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 17:01:02 (permalink)
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    dotor and with the cash open a animal shelter
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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 17:22:13 (permalink)
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    Be a vet?
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    RE: Advice please!?? 2007/06/14 17:54:00 (permalink)
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    Anyone who thinks money isn't a main factor in choosing their career hasn't truly been without it, IMO.

    You work to live. As long as the work is reasonably bearable / even enjoyable, the monetary reward and potential should, IMO, be of paramount importance.

    You haven't actually failed the year yet mate - and if you do, are there extentuating circumstances you can plead, or even re-sit just the parts you've not passed?

    Sitting here without any interest in either being a doctor or a vet, or obtaining qualifications in either field, it seems the doctor route is streets ahead in earning potential and probably kudos, too.

    Why slog your brains out for a difficult degree then join the fast-track police scheme? You might as well do media studies or one of the other airy-fairy degrees and not even break a mind-sweat if all you're after is a degree certificate to go off on a tangent.

    Just my observations from my own worldly-weary tangent.
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