I posted this question on MRP the other day, and didn't realise this sub existed, so I'm posting it here on the referral of Horns.
To preface, I'm in this sub as a 21 year old guy because I know that the average age of users here is much older than on the main RP Subs, and since this question is one answered from experience, I feel this is the place to go for the best responses.
It is important to me that I generate a good career. Vital, even. I have recently graduated with a degree in Engineering with first class honors, and I feel I'm in a good spot. However, I've always had anxiety about having to commit to a career and choosing the right one. Please note that the fact I'm in the UK has a pretty major impact here, because salaries seem to be warped like crazy compared to the US, as I'll note below. Something else I desire in my career is to travel, but that is kinda secondary to money. What sort of positions are the guys in who are flying to Hong Kong, NYC, etc? That'd be the dream.
Firstly, my education in Engineering has lead me to the decision that I don't really want to go into design. On the AskTRP sub, people were telling me about how I should do Engineering for the money... Here you go . After 10 years experience, you're making the equivalent of 65k USD. Brilliant.
Something that does actually really appeal to me is Engineering Sales, at least on paper. I've been hanging around r/Sales recently, and people are boasting $100K+ USD Salaries by their Mid 20's, with some earning considerably more than even this. Job websites say you're starting on $60k+ USD. In the UK . I see lots of people in r/Sales also saying that they wouldn't even bother doing the job with all its stress if they were only earning $80k USD, which is slightly more than the peak salary after 10 years in the UK... I know Sales can be polarising, where you're making a lot if you're good, but if I'm only making, say, 90k (50% more than shown max, unrealisitc), would that really be worth the stress that would come with it?
Then, we have accounting. Lots of accounting firms nearby where I live, full training to chartership available through their schemes, and here not only is the average salary with Chartership £90k, that's actually the average wage, with job search sites showing a slew of positions for £90k + by your Mid 20s. Issue is, I've been told accounting is boring as fuuuuuck. Not ideal, but honestly its the only thing I've been able to find that fits. Also no travelling really.
I understand you'll be making more in all of these positions as you take on a more managerial roles as your career progresses, but I still imagine trends will hold true.
I feel like I'm well setup to go in and smash this shit out of the park, I just don't know where the hell to aim. I'm really willing to put the work in and grind my way, I'm not asking for a freebie here, but does anyone have any suggestions from their experience as to a good area to look at?