Graduate pay is all relative

With regards to last editions’ ‘Campus Soapbox’, Dr. Simon Parker said that “an Economics graduate with a modest degree can expect to start on a City salary paying several thousand pounds more than a new lecturer with a Ph.D.”

It might be worthwile Dr. Parker noting that graduates who go in to investment banking are expected to work 100+ hours a week and although they receive a substantial salary in absolute terms they are effectively on minimum wage on an hourly rate. Lecturers on the other hand do not have to surrender their life to the University and are able to have an enviable work/life balance.

Complaining about levels of overtime is totally unjustified compared to what other professionals have to endure. It was your career choice and you knew all about the drawbacks of working in academia so I find this action hard to comprehend.


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