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Old 25 April 2013, 12:23   #11
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Re: Marine Biology

This is a page from Milton Love, one of the most respected rockfish experts on the US west coast. Scientist, Author, and all-around fun guy:

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The general concensus from biologists in general is that you really have to love doing it, because you'll have a hell of a time making a living from it.

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Me personally would ideally like a practical, hands on degree. I would love to work with animals, but have realized this is probably an impossibility due to the low paid jobs, yet high entry requirements.

So my question is, based on my interests, what is there out there for me. Ideally I would want to base my job on one of my interests. I would hope to get a mix of As and Bs at A-Level (maybe ABB or AAB if I put a lot of hours in).
It is possible to get into Vet with AAB. You would probably also need to show the effort you have gone to to get hands on experience (beyond what is 'in your lap') eg. volunteering with your local vet, rescue centre, wildlife park etc. I spoke to someone recently who reckoned they were looking for 6 weeks of practical experience, and she was doing all sorts including getting time in diagnostic laboratories to help make her stand out.

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I am just quite confused, because it seems every degree/career that appeals to me always seems to have this hidden bad side, that you don't find out until you delve deeper!
I think you will find ALL careers have some sort of downside.
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I think you will find ALL careers have some sort of downside.
On that note, be aware that if you integrate a hobby into your career, it's very likely it soon won't be a hobby.

I'd suggest you choose something that is interesting, but not necessarily in your current line of interests. You live a very long time and there's a career in every and any direction you look.
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I want to be able to work towards something. I don't want to just pick the subjects I like and do them then come out not wanting to know what I want to do. Doing my GCSEs, I am realizing how fast time actually passes as you get older.

Me personally would ideally like a practical, hands on degree. I would love to work with animals, but have realized this is probably an impossibility due to the low paid jobs, yet high entry requirements.

I have had quite a lot hands on experience. For example, I do actually live on a small farm (We are in the middle of lambing now!) and I have my own Gundog who I go beating and shooting with. I also have a passion for reptiles (I keep and breed them) and a passion for Fishing. (Just trying to sort of sum up my interests in a paragraph!!)!
Sounds to me like you're probably more sorted than you realise, and will probably make a go of whatever you end up doing.

One approach would be to keep your options open and run small businesses based around several of your interests. One may end up going particularly well so that you specialise in it, or you might just carry on doing a mixture of things. Not everyone is cut out to run their own business, and it's not an easy option, but it should stop you getting bored and give you a lot of flexibility. If you're very good at it there's potential to earn more than you would ever get on a salary too.

In which case, how about a business studies degree, picking a university that offers a course at the more practical end of the spectrum? That could actually end up being useful, which is more than can be said for a lot of degrees.

Or just to throw a spanner in the works, a degree may not even be the best way forward although your parents may not agree! The money you'd spend on that would go a long way towards a load of other practical training and business start up costs...
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Sounds to me like you're probably more sorted than you realise, and will probably make a go of whatever you end up doing.

One approach would be to keep your options open and run small businesses based around several of your interests. One may end up going particularly well so that you specialise in it, or you might just carry on doing a mixture of things. Not everyone is cut out to run their own business, and it's not an easy option, but it should stop you getting bored and give you a lot of flexibility. If you're very good at it there's potential to earn more than you would ever get on a salary too.

In which case, how about a business studies degree, picking a university that offers a course at the more practical end of the spectrum? That could actually end up being useful, which is more than can be said for a lot of degrees.

Or just to throw a spanner in the works, a degree may not even be the best way forward although your parents may not agree! The money you'd spend on that would go a long way towards a load of other practical training and business start up costs...
After looking at numerous careers I may have found one that I will enjoy. Having my own boat, I am always working on the engine. I may take the route of becoming a marine engineer. They provide recreational diving on the nose of the course and it looks like a very interesting career. Southampton and Plymouth both offer it and they are both nicely located universities. I think you can specialize in small crafts and yachts which would be my preference.

Thanks for all the help. It has certainly put me off a few paths, but I wanted a straight answer, not just a wishy washy 'do what you enjoy'

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After looking at numerous careers I may have found one that I will enjoy. Having my own boat, I am always working on the engine. I may take the route of becoming a marine engineer. They provide recreational diving on the nose of the course and it looks like a very interesting career. Southampton and Plymouth both offer it and they are both nicely located universities. I think you can specialize in small crafts and yachts which would be my preference.

Thanks for all the help. It has certainly put me off a few paths, but I wanted a straight answer, not just a wishy washy 'do what you enjoy'

Cheers guys
Wow, you should definitely go down the yacht route if you like to change tack as much as that

I don't know the field but I suspect those who make the most money do it working on big ships at sea for prolonged periods. You are too young to care but that gets in the way of a family life...

I guess at this stage you probably don't need to make up your mind. Maths/Science will leave various options open for you whether Vet, Science, Engineering. The Vet people insist on it - but I would encourage you to try and understand what any other career path might involve by actually trying it / observing it for a while. I don't know that I'd generally recommend a "gap year" for the sake of it but those who do something practical that earns money seem to generally be well positioned in the future.
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Wow, you should definitely go down the yacht route if you like to change tack as much as that

I don't know the field but I suspect those who make the most money do it working on big ships at sea for prolonged periods. You are too young to care but that gets in the way of a family life...

I guess at this stage you probably don't need to make up your mind. Maths/Science will leave various options open for you whether Vet, Science, Engineering. The Vet people insist on it - but I would encourage you to try and understand what any other career path might involve by actually trying it / observing it for a while. I don't know that I'd generally recommend a "gap year" for the sake of it but those who do something practical that earns money seem to generally be well positioned in the future.
Yeah...I do change my mind a lot

But I have a lot of interests so it is finding the right interest to go down
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Wow, you should definitely go down the yacht route if you like to change tack as much as that

I don't know the field but I suspect those who make the most money do it working on big ships at sea for prolonged periods. You are too young to care but that gets in the way of a family life...

I guess at this stage you probably don't need to make up your mind. Maths/Science will leave various options open for you whether Vet, Science, Engineering. The Vet people insist on it - but I would encourage you to try and understand what any other career path might involve by actually trying it / observing it for a while. I don't know that I'd generally recommend a "gap year" for the sake of it but those who do something practical that earns money seem to generally be well positioned in the future.
I'll second that.

The real big thing that I guess doesn't figure in the thinking of young people too much (it didn't figure in mine!) is the realisation that unless you're able to take several years out later on in life to retrain, you're stuck with what you're trained for for a VERY long time.Longer than you've been alive so far,

If the thought of lying in a smelly oily bilge trying to pump out a diesel tank or change oil while dealing with a moronic customer who wants everything yesterday and thinks that his engine not starting is because you changed a bulb in his nav lights for him last week doesn't appeal, remember you're probably going to be doing a lot of it. You generally can't tell him to F off either.

I know it sounds a bit preachy and wishy washy, but it's a huge realisation when it happens.
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Ok, I understand what you are saying and that is to take a year or two out after A-Levels to 'explore' careers and gets some hands on experience with what I might actually be dealing with.
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That would be a very good idea.
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