I've just completed grade 10. I have a 86.2 average, at a Jesuit high school which is probably closer to 95.0 at public high school. My weakness is math, I hate doing it, and it's pretty much the only subject I have trouble with..I've been thinking about careers lately, with grade 11 coming a lot of universities will be looking at my grade 11, I've had aspirations to become a psychiatrist, however with my math skills lacking, It will be difficult to make it into medical school, I have looked at law, however I prefer to be outside of an office, and as a lot of paper work is required I do not like the idea. I'm looking for a career with a starting salary of 100, 000 but I can't seem to find any that fit my description, it seems as though math is essential for a high paying job. Does anyone know of a career that fits my description?
Um, I doubt the main reason your daught wasn't accepted was because of the numbers like that. Schools are going to be looking at how competitive the High Schools are, the curriculum, and what level it is as a school over all. If the school is actually a very good school, then they will look at this fact, but you're right about the fact that they're not going to say "so that's really a 95." They'll weigh stuff like that, SAT/ACT scores, extra-curricular activities, grades, and a whole bunch of other stuff. But first and foremost, they will not see a 4.0 in a crappy school as better than a 3.5 in a very good school. They want the best students that they can get.
Starting salary of $100k, yeah, good luck. Maybe with $500k of study debt.If money is your main ambition then learn to invest. Find a job you enjoy, work hard and invest your savings from a young age.
I think a very important question is what you will enjoy doing. Working at something you hate, just for a higher salary, isn't worth it. You spend a lot more time working than partying.
If you like psychology why don't you become a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist? That way you don't have to go to medical school. It's something to think about...
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Originally Posted By: IneligibleI think a very important question is what you will enjoy doing. Working at something you hate, just for a higher salary, isn't worth it. You spend a lot more time working than partying. I want to add something further to what Ineligible said, research the career your looking at. See if you can talk to a firm and see what the real day in day out shit is like.Take me I love design, so I went to architecture school, I love architecture in general you would think it would be a great fit. Well it's not. The part of the job that's actually involves design is probably between 5 and 10 percent. The remaining 90, 95 percent is spent working on budgets and schedules and I hate it. If I had known then what I know now I would have done something different. This job does make me a good living but in reality it's not worth it when I dread coming in most of the year.
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Originally Posted By: Technichal
I'm looking for a career with a starting salary of 100, 000 but I can't seem to find any that fit my description, it seems as though math is essential for a high paying job. Does anyone know of a career that fits my description?
seriously though, i'd worry more about what you like doing and less about how much you'll make. if you're interested in mental health, there're several things to be other than a psychiatrist. as someone mentioned, you could be a psychologist... or there's also social worker, counselor, psychiatric nurse...
but hell, most people don't figure out their careers till well into college, or even after.
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Personally, I think you should go and shadow people, and get a feel for how their day is. Different jobs have a different flow, and some people just can't do some types of jobs (like how I absolutely can't stand food and it's stupid rushes).
And you should consider other things when choosing a job, like how many hours you want to work, if you want to work in a big or small group, for a big corporation, if you want to work outdoors, with kids, etc. Also, you should contact your school guidance counselor for more information concerning different social work or psychology jobs, if that's what you are interested in.
It's your thing, do what you wanna do. I can't tell you who to sock it to.
My Father is a psychologist, and well his money fluctuates way too much, it's a reall risky field because you never know what digits are going to be on the next pay cheque. As for my high school, it's known as the top highschool in my province if not one of the top in the country, and some of the better universities, like McGill etc. Have a lot of my high school's alumni... However money is a big issue for me, because I see my parents struggle alot as they have divorced with money issues etc. I think that having a secure job, especially with all prices going up, would probably make me and my family if I wanted to have kids, a debt-free environment. You can say do what you love, but in the end you have to make ends meet.
It's certainly important to make ends meet, but except at the low end of the pay scale, this is more about how much you spend than how much you make. However much you make, it's always possible to spend more than you make and get into debt. To make ends meet, it's always necessary to not buy things you would like. You would think the discipline needed would be a lot easier to achieve on a high salary than an average one, but observation suggests it's not so.
What ineligible said is very true. I live 85 miles from work and one of the people I work with lives less than a mile and doesn't do any extensive traveling. She makes only slightly less than me and she is the one struggling with gas prices. She has just spent more on other shit and so can't deal with the rising price of gas. For many people the more they have the more they spend. So in the end, many of them are no more financially secure than someone making less money, they just have fancier shit to lose.Once you cover your necessities (keeping in mind a 4000 or 5000 sq.ft. house is not a necessity) it's more about what you spend and the debt you incur than it is what you make.Take it from me, don't do something your not going to get any enjoyment out of. If I didn't get to design a little in my job I would shoot myself. Seriously that's how bad I hate doing all the rest of the shit that comes along with it. It sucks skank ass in a major way. It's not worth it. You may think the misery of doing something you don't like only applies to when your doing it, but it ain't so... at least for me. I can't even enjoy the evening because I know what's waiting on me tomorrow. I make myself stay awake at night because I can't bear the thought of waking up and it being time to go to work... so I don't sleep.I'm telling ya, it's not fucking worth it.Here's another something to consider, most high paying jobs are not a simple eight hour day where you go to work go home and forget about it. Most are going to require more like 50 to 60 hours a week and your gonna lose a lot of weekends doing something you'll end up hating. The folks on this board can tell you while it's not all the time or even once a month, it's not uncommon for me to spend the night at the office in front of the computer and work 24 to 36 hour straight... doing something that I get no enjoyment out of. As a matter of fact it looks like that's what I'm going to be doing tonight... all night... 'till I have to have the job out at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon.Remember the higher the pay, more often than not, the more time your going to have to put in. It's not a simple eight hours a day of misery, it is your life.Before you say it, I know it's easy outside the situation to say, "well if I don't like it, I'll find something else." but believe me that's easier said than done. As a matter of fact for most that's never gonna happen, for those that try many will fail. It's the rare bird that has what it takes to escape the gilded cage of familiar comfort, no matter how confining and depressing they find it. Most just pull out of all their feathers and go mad.After the end of this year I have the option to walk out these doors when ever I want. Yeah my standard of living would take a big hit but knowing I have that option is the only thing that keeps me remotely sane. I don't know how I would handle it if I actually thought I was trapped in here for the next twenty or thirty years. I'm serious, knowing I can leave if I want to is the only thing that allows me to walk through the door some days. But, how many people are going to have that option in their lives... not many. Keep that in mind cause, as you described your parents financial situation, it doesn't sound like you'll have that option either. I was just fortunate in the respect that I have another means of income.
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When it was time for me to choose what to do at uni I looked at more what I enjoyed doing rather then just what school subjects I was good or bad at. If you really have a good think about what gives you a buzz (could be coing up with creative ideas, organising other people well, sharing your opinion and convincing others) then this will lead you to somthing you enjoy. If you enjoy it, you are more likly to put in effort and do well at it. If you do well at it, the money will come. Then you will have money and be happy.People do not start with 100k saleries, they do a good job and work their way to that much. Psychiatrists don't start on that much.Also, I think some people here over estimate what is taken into consideration when applying for colleges. That person looking over your application will probably be looking over that of a thousand other students. Do you really think they are going to take the time and reasurch how good your high school is? No. To them a 86.2 average is the same as any other 86.2 average form any other school.
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