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The degrees most likely to make you a billionaire

What we’ve learnt from the 100 richest people in the world.

Trying to pick a degree? Well not every degree will give you the same return on investment, but a recent survey has told us which ones will definitely help you make bank.

This study by a recruitment agency in the UK found that 75 of the world’s 100 richest people have earned a degree, and of those 75, 22 studied engineering (including Amazon’s Bezos and Google’s Larry Page). 

Looking at the 100 richest people in the world, these are the degrees they studied:

What else did they find? That among the top billionaires, 53 of the 100 had their first job within someone else’s organisation (as opposed to starting their own or working in a family business), and that ten of them started in sales roles, and nine of them as stock traders.

So where to start on your journey to becoming a billionaire? Well for one, perhaps consider a degree in engineering

But what does an engineer even do?

People often equate engineers with mechanics or constructions workers, but to set the record straight, the work of engineers is actually everywhere you look:

  • They are behind your smart phone and all its apps
  • They created the shampoo you used this morning
  • They designed your hybrid car, and they fuel your gas-guzzler too
  • They make sure your home has a reliable electricity supply
  • They provide clean drinking water to communities everywhere
  • They launch the satellites that provide mobile phone, GPS and TV signals
  • They created your grandpa’s pacemaker, your grandma’s hearing aid
  • They are designing the solutions that will help us deal with climate change
  • They are creative
  • They are problem solvers
  • They help people
  • They earn an excellent salary

Do you think like an engineer? It’s not an easy degree, but choosing to study engineering will allow you the opportunity to change the world we live in more than any other path.

If you want to read more information about Engineering, take a look online here, or here or if you have specific questions, get in touch with us here, and we will pass you onto the right people.  

The degrees most likely to make you a billionaire
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