I’m 21, just finished university. I’ve got close to full marks in every academic test I’ve ever taken and I’m now faced with the decision to either have a starting salary of Â£63,500 doing a job that, at the core, leaves me indifferent (law), or pursue a career doing something that matters to me (teaching) for much, much less money.
My family and friends have all said go work in the City for 10-15 years, get financially secure, pay off your mortgage completely, get some solid investments etc., THEN go off and be creative. What do you guys think?
Most of you have much more experience of the real world than me. The many people I’ve seen stressed out by financial matters to the point of illness are making me think my family/friends are right. But one of my friends recently went into investment banking just for the money and is working 12-15 hour days, 6-7 days a week. That isn’t a life.
EDIT: I forgot to mention I’ve got a 17 month old daughter and live in London. Extortionate childcare + ridiculous housing market = big factor in my decision.