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Egg
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Career advice for a 25 year old

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Shamelessly ripping off Noided's thread because you're all such a bunch of wise owls

-25 years old
-Undergrad in Theology (2.i) from Cambridge (Mickey Mouse degree from a well-respected uni)
-Four years as military officer but now being medically discharged so no further opportunity there
-Decent at French
-Accredited but totally inexperienced project and programme manager

I just turned down the opportunity to train as a government accountant, possibly foolishly, in favour of an offer to do government policy work. Why? Because I believe I am more of a big picture thinker and that my attention to detail would be insufficient to do very well at audit work, and it also strikes me as repetitive work. I could just roll with the policy job - it's effectively a fast track scheme so there's progression, but we're not talking about the big bucks. It starts at £27k/annum and the expectation is that after the four years of this scheme you earn £45k, which is only a little more than I'm on now. Certainly not the end of the world - that's about as good as it gets in the public sector - but I do have ERE aspirations which would be better served by a better paid private sector job.

I do take a big interest in the economy, and investment, and it has occurred to me that something in finance would be a good alignment with my natural interests, whilst offering good earning prospects. I also lived in Switzerland for a bit and would ideally like to move back there in future for a few years, and feel that banking could be portable for that particular move. I don't really know what aspect, though. I'd describe myself as 65% nerd/35% people person if that helps. I appreciate it is hard to advise someone that doesn't really have much of an idea themselves of what they want to do, but any pointers?

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Specifically, no. But from a practical standpoint, I don't think you will find the answer through research and theorizing, but only through trial-and-error.

So head down the first path that seems reasonably decent, but give yourself permission to change or reverse course after a year or few.

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I would suggest the salaries you mention for the policy job are good to excellent in the current climate, for either public or private.

I'm guessing its in Whitehall rather than the regions ?

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brute has no concrete advice, but thinks that 4 years as a military officer gives Egg a bunch of experience in "project" management. so if he wanted to go in this direction, the lack of direct no the job experience might not be a problem if Egg sells it right.

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Egg wrote:-Four years as military officer but now being medically discharged...
Medically discharged sounds serious. What is your disability?

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Dragline wrote:Specifically, no. But from a practical standpoint, I don't think you will find the answer through research and theorizing, but only through trial-and-error.

So head down the first path that seems reasonably decent, but give yourself permission to change or reverse course after a year or few.
Fair comment. I will probably go with the civil service option as it does seem reasonably decent to me. I do feel at 25 though that I'm not as young as was when I started my first career, and there is a certain part of me that's a bit tense about not wanting too many misfires.
BRUTE wrote:brute has no concrete advice, but thinks that 4 years as a military officer gives Egg a bunch of experience in "project" management. so if he wanted to go in this direction, the lack of direct no the job experience might not be a problem if Egg sells it right.
Egg thanks brute for his vote of project management confidence ;) You may be right there - I did get offered a consultancy gig with KPMG last year, which would have involved a degree of project management.
General Snoopy wrote:Medically discharged sounds serious. What is your disability?
It's not that serious. I'd rather not be too specific if you don't mind, but it's not something that prevents me from doing almost any civilian job.
chenda wrote:I would suggest the salaries you mention for the policy job are good to excellent in the current climate, for either public or private.

I'm guessing its in Whitehall rather than the regions ?
You're totally right. Reading back, I realise I probably expect too high a salary for what my actual skills are, having become used to earning £40k+ for a job which doesn't necessarily deserve that much money. It would be Whitehall, yeah. I don't think civil servants get a massive amount of latitude, but one of the potential upsides is that it scores higher for effective altruism potential than most private sector jobs I could get into.

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A lot of my university friends have ended up in Whitehall policy jobs, it seems to have been largely insulated from austerity. They seem to like it and employment conditions seem good, fwiw. I'd probably consider some kind of role there out of interest, if the right opportunity came up.

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Augustus wrote:...Lately I have been trying to hone in on work that uses software that costs a lot, is difficult to learn, and is widely used by large enterprises...
Working with SAS?

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Augustus wrote:If any idiot with a basket weaving degree can do it, or if there are too many people and the market does not find them valuable, be wary.
brute thinks this is as important as the barriers of entry. there are tons of fields that are extremely difficult (say, a PhD in Chemistry or Physics) but that pay very badly and are completely messed up career-wise. if nobody actually hires PhDs, the difficulty doesn't mean anything.

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How about cooking, carpentry, masonry, farming, electrics, driving or the like? Stable income, easy to develop into many other things, can work most anywhere, and can have free time to pursue the exigencies of the mind.

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Do we have other experts in carrer advice willing to cooperate in more private manner?
More EU based?

If yes, PM me.

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