To ask what your high-paying jobs are?

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patienceandprudence Sun 26-Sep-21 13:56:44

My DD is in uni doing History. We’re working class through and through, and while she we were chatting about jobs she said that more than anything she’d like to earn a good amount. I’ve no idea what to suggest and DD only came up with a role in the Civil Service.

I always see people on here with high-paying jobs. What could she do with a History degree?

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Quick99 Sun 26-Sep-21 14:00:02

Depends what high paying means to you. Some people it would be 80k plus.
I wasn't expected to go uni and the jobs I was interested in as a school leaver were around 20k.
I went uni in early 20s and now I'm on 40k which seems like a lot to me but I know it wouldn't be to others.

FreeBritnee Sun 26-Sep-21 14:00:34


FreeBritnee Sun 26-Sep-21 14:01:19

Sorry I didn’t read your last sentence where you said she already had her history degree. Graduate program?

Quick99 Sun 26-Sep-21 14:01:24

Sorry didn't answer your question but if 30 to 40 plus seems like a decent amount then the civil service or Local government and work up would make sense

XelaM Sun 26-Sep-21 14:01:53


Quick99 Sun 26-Sep-21 14:02:09

Local gov grad scheme is 26ishk a year for 2 years while you do management training


qualitygirl Sun 26-Sep-21 14:03:15

What is her idea of a good amount though? Does she have a figure in mind?

XelaM Sun 26-Sep-21 14:03:58

A lot to me would be six figures.

My brother is in IT and the starting salary for IT specialists is eye-watering. He is 10 years younger than me and earns more (and I'm a high earner)

Cheesepuff1 Sun 26-Sep-21 14:04:17

Property - construction / development / land / project management . "easy" enough after a few years experience to be earning 70 to 100k

Sciurus83 Sun 26-Sep-21 14:04:31

I wouldn't recommend civil service if you want to earn like people on here claim to! (9 years civil service)

Direwolfwrangler Sun 26-Sep-21 14:05:02

I work in local government as a senior manager, £55k. If I progress the upper management levels earn well over £100k. I have a degree in a similar subject.

DrFosterGloucester Sun 26-Sep-21 14:05:30

Law city or US firm.

BirdIsland Sun 26-Sep-21 14:06:47

I have a history degree, I did a conversion course into law. It's a good skills fit imo. Salary range for law is wide so it depends what you mean by a good salary, but if she aims mid-tier and above she'll get paid well.

Notgoingonholiday Sun 26-Sep-21 14:07:17

My DH has a history degree and is an HR director.

Redhotchllisteppa Sun 26-Sep-21 14:08:34

Law. The skills required for a history degree transfer well.

patienceandprudence Sun 26-Sep-21 14:09:07

Do six-figure jobs exist outside of London without starting your own business?

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xksismybestletter Sun 26-Sep-21 14:09:40

I'm a public sector chief executive. Language degree

TheProvincialLady Sun 26-Sep-21 14:10:03

I have a degree that is similar to history. I would recommend that she steers clear of any obviously history related jobs eg museums, heritage as they are woefully paid and insecure. I currently work in NHS project management and earn £65k+ with lots of prospect for promotion. If she’s very well organised and a good communicator it’s worth pursuing.

marangu Sun 26-Sep-21 14:10:12

She could apply for Big 4 consulting roles, they also run summer holiday opportunities/internships.

YouJustDoYou Sun 26-Sep-21 14:12:01

Do six-figure jobs exist outside of London without starting your own business?

Pilot. Plumber (my ex bil is a plumber and is on almost as my pilot relative). Lawyer. IT (you can earn thousands in IT if you're on-call).

RosesAndHellebores Sun 26-Sep-21 14:12:45

However I would caveat that with also being very numerate. DH was a high earner because his specialism was finance related. I climbed the greasy HR pole because it's increasingly about data and metrics.

What does she want to do? What does she love? She'll never make a fortune without passion for the role.

Notgoingonholiday Sun 26-Sep-21 14:13:33

Do six-figure jobs exist outside of London without starting your own business?

HappilyHadesBound Sun 26-Sep-21 14:14:08

I would also suggest law conversion.

My daughter is looking at various routes to law (only doing GCSE's at the moment) but is considering everything from apprenticeships, a direct law degree, or another degree followed by conversion. Lots of options, and grades aren't as restrictive for the other routes as they are for the law degree.

patienceandprudence Sun 26-Sep-21 14:15:17

@RosesAndHellebores History is her passion, wirh education being a close second, unfortunately neither of those interests will ever lead to a highly paid job. The plan was primary teaching until we met her favourite primary school teacher last summer, who told her she had left teaching and to never ever go into it.

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