Talking to my friends, it seems none of them really thought about how much they’d be earning when they were thinking about what they wanted to do for a living. I certainly didn’t, and I don’t remember any careers advisers talking about the (let’s face it, pretty important) issue of MONEY.
I was top (or pretty close to top) of my classes at school, got straight As at GCSE and A level, and probably should have applied to Oxford or Cambridge. (I didn’t partly I think due to teenage cussedness because the teachers expected me too :rolleyes: ).
I could, let’s face it, have had a good chance of going into one of those high-flying careers that pays stacks of money. I didn’t, and in fact it never really occurred to me that I could have done. Instead, I went to a decent “red-brick” university to study chemistry, a course that interested me (at the time), with vague ambitions to go into the pharmaceutical industry, which, let’s face it, isn’t going to make anyone rich unless they own the company.
Instead, I somehow ended up as a newspaper copy editor and occasional journalist - again, jobs that are hardly renowned for paying well.
Could I have hacked it as a lawyer or a City trader? Maybe, maybe not, but the point is, I never even thought “If I do X job, I’d make loads of money” at the age of 16, when it mattered.
So was salary a big factor on *your *teenage “When I grow up I want to be…” list?