I need to be in a profession where tedious argumentation is valued. For several reasons, the PhD in philosophy won't work for me. So here I am.More specifically, I think that I will do well as a lawyer, and not just financially. I also like the idea that I might be able to have a positive effect on someone through my work directly or through my influence as someone in a position of power (which we all need to realize and accept: lawyers are, generally speaking, powerful people). My inspiration definitely isn't money. Many people on here that make 80K and just need a better paying job confuse me (when they don't have children). If I make 50K+, I expect to be quite comfortable (I am fine with my 13K/year now.
i have to admit, it's definitely prestige. oh, and also world peace.
I have considered the idea since I was 16, but I commited to studying philosophy in college. It was a hard choice, actually. It's certainly not an entirely recent thing for me.