Dear Career Doctor:
I am currently studying
my A Levels in Law, Geography and English.
However, I have absolutely no idea what I want to study
in university. All I
know is I want a high earning job. Any ideas?
You are asking a
question that many people of all ages around the world ask:
What do I want to be when I grow up? Before I give you some
advice, let me explain the English system of A levels to
my American readers:
who want to go to a University study three areas in depth
for two years when they are 16-18 years old. The courses
they take are the equivalent of those in American colleges.
Another interesting aspect of the English system: medicine
and law are undergraduate programs - so students must know
they want to enter these professions at a younger age than
in the US.
Back to you, Sam:
In England, as in most areas of the world, the fields of
law, business management, finance, accounting and software
development are among the highest paying. While pay is extremely
important, I NEVER advise people to go into a field just
because they think they will make a lot of money. Here's
why: If the field bores you, it is difficult to maintain
the enthusiasm and effort required to succeed. On the other
hand, if you do something you love, it is almost always
possible to figure out a way to make a good living at it.
So, Sam, I am going
to ask you a question: What do you like to do? What jobs
sound fun and interesting? The answers to those questions
can point you in the right direction.