First year student in commerce, what will my career really look like?
I am a first year commerce student at the University of Western Australia. I am studying a double degree in commerce and engineering, majoring in finance and mechanical engineering. I've developed a passion for finance over the past 2 years, and I find researching stocks and reading up on different finance related news interesting. No matter how much time I spend looking at different companies, I seem to be immune from getting bored of it. Alongside this, my grades are much stronger in the commerce side of my studies, however, all my family basically forced me to double with engineering because they don't believe finance has a future and that it is too hard to find a job in the industry.
My only concern is that the industry looks ruthless and the WLB doesn't seem to suit what I am looking for so I wanted to do some more research and ask people who have worked in the industry for their opinions on the following:
What is the outlook for the industry in terms of job opportunities and job security?
If I was to switch my degree and focus only on commerce, what sort of job opportunities am I looking at after a year or two at a BB working in IB (If I have to, I can live through a year or two of poor WLB)? The ideal exit job in my mind is a well-paying job inin /AM with a very good WLB, which also isn't extremely competitive or hard to get into. Is this even a realistic goal? Do these jobs even exist? What are some other roles in finance or business I can exit IB to that fit those criteria?
I don't know if this helps but my aim is to be able to retire or be financially independent by 40 living a comfortable life. Is this realistic?
As I mentioned, I am rather new to everything and I am trying to gather information so if anyone could leave some useful information, I would be really appreciative!