Ok, my Mrs has a marine biology and coastal management degree here in the UK, so this will be relevant.
I'm going to be honest in this post, i dont bother gift wrapping stuff.
To make a success of this degree, you need 3 things-
1/ a willingness to work for years possibly for ZERO money.
2/ A wealthy parent or start putting money away now! My mrs dad was CEO for hilton UK, amongst many other top jobs. put simply, hes a millionaire.9reasons come in later)
3/ A like of wasting money on stupid things you have to be a member of. we spend about £500 a year ($800) just to be a member of various groups- as 90% of jobs make this necessary. its a bit of a con tbh.
Ok, my Mrs has never even worked properly in this career just because of how hard it is to get into, and the fact its a rich girls game, and she doesnt like that side of things.
You will need your degree here obv, but previous to this what you take is of zero relevance. She did mediocre at best in her GCSE's, and then did a BTEC from home in Criminal ###### (cant remember) - basically - CSI stuff. haha.
Sufferd with M.E. for a year and then went to Uni for the marine.
The degree gets you no where........a masters is the minimum requisite you will need else youll be 2 steps behind before you start.
Shes still wanting to do this but is fast tracked through management in retail....so ends up stuck there.
next - start volunteering NOW.....ANYTHING....at sealife....beach cleaning...........nearly all jobs want at LEAST 2 years voluntary as a mandatory for employment.
Not spending your holidays pissed in greece is also a good idea...... greece DOES however have voluntary stuff - where you pay to vcolunteer - that you can do.
This is where the money comes in a lot of the time. 99% of the places to LET YOU HELP THEM,WANT MONEY. I think its a piss take tbh, but it is what it is. Some places can be 2/3 thousand for a week up to 3 months.
Next tip - specialise early and focus there.
ERM............this post is PROPERLY haphazrd, but it is what it is.
I know 2 other marine biologists through sophie, and they love it, though even one of them is only an employee at sealife...........the other is a PhD and runs a something or pother in madagascar...........shes a richy btw..... spent over £30 k getting the experience she needed. (like$50k) and this is after pricey uni costs.
BASICALLY, its a hard place to be successful as the competition is intense. Looking into it properly now at your tender age
will help though as you can prepare early.
I dont mean to put a downer on it...........but if you go through life thinking you'll stroll through, then you'll be disappointed.
To be a success here, you need to REALLY work hard. And for free