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Hey guys help me choose a degree. I am so conflicted, I don’t know what I want to do anymore.

So here is the one and only thing that motivates me:
- Money

Now before anyone goes about saying "money shouldn't be your motivation", for me it is. Now the reason for this is that I come from a very bottom barrel middle class family (family of 6), and also the fact that my parents left everything behind back in their country to come here (by everything I mean like millions of dollars, now I won't go deep because it is very private), just makes me have the urge to you know, be able to thank them in giving them back the life they sacrificed for me. Also I hate working, I hate having to be ordered around by people, I hate only being able to do a 9-5 and wasting my life away earning subpar income after high school. So tell me please what the fuck should I do, please. I am really lost.

P.S don't say med, I already have that as an aim although I feel like that I probably won't make it (my english is dog water), and also no Law because I just think that just isn't for me straight up.
 

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Hey guys help me choose a degree. I am so conflicted, I don’t know what I want to do anymore.

So here is the one and only thing that motivates me:
- Money

Now before anyone goes about saying "money shouldn't be your motivation", for me it is. Now the reason for this is that I come from a very bottom barrel middle class family (family of 6), and also the fact that my parents left everything behind back in their country to come here (by everything I mean like millions of dollars, now I won't go deep because it is very private), just makes me have the urge to you know, be able to thank them in giving them back the life they sacrificed for me. Also I hate working, I hate having to be ordered around by people, I hate only being able to do a 9-5 and wasting my life away earning subpar income after high school. So tell me please what the fuck should I do, please. I am really lost.

P.S don't say med, I already have that as an aim although I feel like that I probably won't make it (my english is dog water), and also no Law because I just think that just isn't for me straight up.
engineering? mechanical? assuming u do enjoy maths and physics but then again u dont like 9-5.... so idk? I think all engineering jobs besides software (at least from what I've heard from half my family of engineers) is that its just like any job in that its 9-5 or more and its repetitive/routine work at first but u get to more exciting stuff later on (given who you work for).

But then again if u do an engineering degree its not like u cant do any other job lol pre sure its very flexible since some people go into data science/software engineering/insert quantitative role with an EE or mechanical degree from the people I've spoken to

some degree in the path to software engineering/programmer/actuary since they're high paying like comp sci. Just throwing some ideas but u prolly already know these so yeah.. I think software engineering/coding might be good from what I've heard about it abt worklife balance and the enjoyment from it, people consider it the best job to have and if you do get into a company like google then you'll be making a lot of money


^^^ all from what I've heard could be very well wrong since people have diff exp

My deepest respect for your motivations for studying and I can relate to you (perhaps not to your extent) since its a similar driving force, wish you the best this year.
 
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Is there a particular field that you feel you are passionate about or are interested in studying? Have you thought about becoming a lecturer/academic or pursuing a career in higher education in the field that you are passionate about? University lecturers/academics generally have good remuneration, which becomes more evident as they progress into more senior roles (i.e. higher academic ranks), such as from a lecturer to a professor.

Of course, for such positions, it is generally expected that you gain an education that extends beyond a Bachelor's degree which should also be relevant to the field that you intend to lecture in. Relevant work experience is also highly encouraged and may constitute an important contributing element to your success as a lecturer. This means that you would likely need to be employed in your field for a period of time before beginning your career in higher education. While this may seem like a rather long path, it does offer the benefit of favourable prospects and, consistent with your concern, good remuneration.

I hope this helps! :D
 

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Is there a particular field that you feel you are passionate about or are interested in studying? Have you thought about becoming a lecturer/academic or pursuing a career in higher education in the field that you are passionate about? University lecturers/academics generally have good remuneration, which becomes more evident as they progress into more senior roles (i.e. higher academic ranks), such as from a lecturer to a professor.

Of course, for such positions, it is generally expected that you gain an education that extends beyond a Bachelor's degree which should also be relevant to the field that you intend to lecture in. Relevant work experience is also highly encouraged and may constitute an important contributing element to your success as a lecturer. This means that you would likely need to be employed in your field for a period of time before beginning your career in higher education. While this may seem like a rather long path, it does offer the benefit of favourable prospects and, consistent with your concern, good remuneration.

I hope this helps! :D
Hmm idk man, I don't know what I am passionate about, really I don't think i'll mind what I do. Honestly I find every job to be that, just a job that I need to have to make money. Personally I am very leaning towards engineering since its probably a field with a lot of potential to become uber rich.

Now on a side note, since you do a business degree, how much of it applies when it comes to actually running a business and how do you find the degree?
 

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Hmm idk man, I don't know what I am passionate about, really I don't think i'll mind what I do. Honestly I find every job to be that, just a job that I need to have to make money. Personally I am very leaning towards engineering since its probably a field with a lot of potential to become uber rich.

Now on a side note, since you do a business degree, how much of it applies when it comes to actually running a business and how do you find the degree?
But then again for engineering, you gotta be the top 0.0000000000something percent that can create something revolutionary and that is harder now. If you don't do that, wouldn't it be harder to get a job since a lot of people can get in with lower stars so there is more competition?
 

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Hmm idk man, I don't know what I am passionate about, really I don't think i'll mind what I do. Honestly I find every job to be that, just a job that I need to have to make money. Personally I am very leaning towards engineering since its probably a field with a lot of potential to become uber rich.

Now on a side note, since you do a business degree, how much of it applies when it comes to actually running a business and how do you find the degree?
It is always good to have added certainty as this will hopefully enable you to make an informed decision. I wish you all the best in that regard. Engineering is undoubtedly a good field with a range of career opportunities.

Generally speaking, one doesn't necessarily need to study a business degree if they wish to run a business. While a Bachelor of Business/Commerce does provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to run a business (typically in the first year), these can also be acquired in other ways. Consider a Bachelor of Construction Management graduate who has gained substantial experience in their field and feels that with the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the years, they will be able to run their own construction business.

If a student intends to specifically learn about running/managing/leading a business, this is explored in much more depth in the Master of Business Administration (MBA), which I intend to pursue, hopefully in the near future.

If by running a business you are referring to being part of a business (i.e. working in your area of business at a particular company), then it depends on your area of study within a Bachelor of Business/Commerce. As you may be aware, business entails several fields, such as finance, marketing, HR and business analytics. As you progress through your specialisation(s), you will notice that content becomes increasingly tailored to your chosen field(s) of study, meaning that you will gain the knowledge and acquire the skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the field that you intend to work in that is relevant to your studies.
 

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But then again for engineering, you gotta be the top 0.0000000000something percent that can create something revolutionary and that is harder now. If you don't do that, wouldn't it be harder to get a job since a lot of people can get in with lower stars so there is more competition?
Hmm yea I guess, but remember this is probably something I'd do if I don't end up in med or something so yea lol. I am predicting myself a 99~ atar? So I think I should be able to still perform well at engineering and stuff especially since I just have a knack for maths and physics etc. Also like I said I don't mind putting in hard work if I have to do it to achieve something I need. Its not like I am allergic and unwilling to work, I just hate work.
 

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Mate if you hate work then why are your trying to pursue a 9-5. Have you ever seen those tik toks where these teens are doing drop shipping, e commerce, etc and now they r making "some 50k a month". Maybe you could do that if you dont wanna do a 9-5. Also theres like other streams like watch graham stephan, he shows how he made money work for him and how he started off in real estate and is now making racks (think he got his house for free somehow i kinda forgot). Or you could just go into business. Any of this maths physics and science stuff requires you to work 9-5s for like most unless you tryna come up with a new discovery in the field, which then you would prolly have to be working 24/7 lol.
 
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Mate if you hate work then why are your trying to pursue a 9-5. Have you ever seen those tik toks where these teens are doing drop shipping, e commerce, etc and now they r making "some 50k a month". Maybe you could do that if you dont wanna do a 9-5. Also theres like other streams like watch graham stephan, he shows how he made money work for him and how he started off in real estate and is now making racks (think he got his house for free somehow i kinda forgot). Or you could just go into business. Any of this maths physics and science stuff requires you to work 9-5s for like most unless you tryna come up with a new discovery in the field, which then you would prolly have to be working 24/7 lol.
yeah this is what I think too

unless you take an unconventional path in life e.g. entrepreneur, investor, influencer (cringe), you're gonna have to work there's no escaping it. doctor engineer law these are all 9-5 jobs it's just how it is
 

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yeah this is what I think too

unless you take an unconventional path in life e.g. entrepreneur, investor, influencer (cringe), you're gonna have to work there's no escaping it. doctor engineer law these are all 9-5 jobs it's just how it is
to add my thoughts (possibly naive) on this topic:

not sure why some people say being an entrepreneur is a no brainer and market it as something you could do with ease/minimum effort. You're your own boss but you don't have any paid vacation, guaranteed income, you're competing in a growing market, you have to deal with bs like covid that can ruin your business, funding, marketing etc.. from what I've gathered from a consversation with a guy who runs a barbershop in my area. Covid hit him pretty bad at first but he survived.

It seems something you'd start after you've found a passion that you're really good and enjoy which makes up for all the sacrifices in the end. I like the idea of an entrepreneur but its not something I want to jump in without knowing I'm ready to handle the risks and have enough competence/experience in management as well as passion/confidence in what I'm doing

Compare this to a 9-5 job which is more routine, safer? (depending on job), paid leave, not as much commitment, no unexpected bs (for the most part) and is more accessible to the avg person. What makes it very good is also what makes it "boring" since there's not much "risk" but this is a shallow/naive generalisation. I mean you've somewhat been accustomed this for the past 13 years of your life, not to such extent, so you'd be at least not too surprised?
 
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to add my thoughts (possibly naive) on this topic:

not sure why some people say being an entrepreneur is a no brainer and market it as something you could do with ease/minimum effort. You're your own boss but you don't have any paid vacation, guaranteed income, you're competing in a growing market, you have to deal with bs like covid that can ruin your business, funding, marketing etc.. from what I've gathered from a conservation with a guy who runs a barbershop in my area. Covid hit him pretty bad at first but he survived.

It seems something you'd start after you've found a passion that you're really good and enjoy which makes up for all the sacrifices in the end. I like the idea of an entrepreneur but its not something I want to jump in without knowing I'm ready to handle the risks and have enough competence/experience in management as well as passion/confidence in what I'm doing

Compare this to a 9-5 job which is more routine, safer? (depending on job), paid leave, not as much commitment, no unexpected bs (for the most part) and is more accessible to the avg person. What makes it very good is also what makes it "boring" since there's not much "risk" but this is a shallow/naive generalisation. I mean you've somewhat been accustomed this for the past 13 years of your life, not to such extent, so you'd be at least not too surprised?
so true every word

also like, idk why people act like the 9-5 life is some kind of prison sentence that bars you from a high quality of life outside of work. you can be employed and living a monotonous work life while still enjoying the finer things outside of it like family, friends, hobbies, recreation etc. 9-5 work can be enjoyable in itself if you have a passion for your job, have good colleagues, have opportunities to extend yourself at a professional and personal level, and as you mentioned you get the intangible benefit of security which is unlike an unpredictable and demanding entrepreneurship life, when it comes to entrepreneurs people only see the outcome (rich, self employed, flexibility) not the extreme stress, risk and effort that it takes to get there. personally I cbf, 9-5 sounds good to me
 

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so true every word

also like, idk why people act like the 9-5 life is some kind of prison sentence that bars you from a high quality of life outside of work. you can be employed and living a monotonous work life while still enjoying the finer things outside of it like family, friends, hobbies, recreation etc. 9-5 work can be enjoyable in itself if you have a passion for your job, have good colleagues, have opportunities to extend yourself at a professional and personal level, and as you mentioned you get the intangible benefit of security which is unlike an unpredictable and demanding entrepreneurship life, when it comes to entrepreneurs people only see the outcome (rich, self employed, flexibility) not the extreme stress, risk and effort that it takes to get there. personally I cbf, 9-5 sounds good to me
No no, I am not saying the 9 - 5 life is bad, I just personally dislike the lifestyle. I want to have the freedom and flexibility in being some sort of business owner probably. Now the only reason I would go to a 9 - 5 at all is to get the Capital I need to start up my own shit. I mean like I said I come from quite a low middle-class family, not a lot of money for me to have spare to use as capital! Plus, both my parents have a lot of experience running very successful businesses back in their own countries before they moved here, where my parents changed careers 1. because of my dad's language barrier is a problem and 2. my siblings came along so my mum couldn't continue doing what she did before for a long time and eventually started doing something else.
 

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So here is the one and only thing that motivates me:
- Money
So relatable! And actually very noble because you want to give back to your parents, considering they compromised a lot to give you everything that you need, I really admire that. Same goes with my parents, both leaving a war-torn area behind just to come here and get stable jobs and to give me a life without the need of fighting for safety or fleeing from house to house to avoid open-fire.

For me though, I'm just happy on my end I'm the first in my family to go to uni unlike a couple people on here for example who's in a family full of engineers or have parents that hold PHD's, and I can give back to them/make them happy since I'm starting my dream course (CS at UNSW) this year.
(at least from what I've heard from half my family of engineers)
Anyways, I was thinking you would like actuary given your profound talent and interest in maths and that's what some 99+ bright students would love doing either as a backup for medicine or just aint interested in medicine or law to begin with. But then you don't want the 9-5, work for anybody type of thing, but it's real good pay if you can become fully qualified.
 

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For me though, I'm just happy on my end I'm the first in my family to go to uni unlike a couple people on here for example who's in a family full of engineers or have parents that hold PHD's, and I can give back to them/make them happy since I'm starting my dream course (CS at UNSW) this year.
Thats such a great accomplishment, congratulations on that! I'm sure it'll be something you'll hold dearly to your heart and reminiscence about when you look back on your life.
 

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