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post #61 of 110
In CC while focusing my studies on getting a degree in History. Though it is common for me to have temporary breakdowns dealing with what that means after college. I would like to teach but I hardly have any impressive leadership skills and want to stay as far away as possible from teaching anything below University.
post #62 of 110
finance o.o
post #63 of 110
Currently studying philosophy, going into law afterwards.
post #64 of 110
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Originally Posted by BC2012 View Post
How'd that work out for ya?

Note: I'm someone who took a ton of math in college, ended up as a finance guy, and wish I had done more finance and computer programming coursework and less math.

I don't regret my decision at all. It's important to note, however, that my university didn't have a finance program, only an economics program. I took one computer programming course in college and that gave me enough knowledge to get most of what I needed done in the real world. I'm not saying that all you need is one Comp Sci course, but it feed my own personal needs.

What I do regret, and it's probably cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars since I've graduated college, is not having worked harder in college. I graduated with a 3.0 g.p.a, but if I had been able to get it up around 3.4 it would have opened a lot more (and much better) doors.

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Originally Posted by TyCooN View Post
What are the benefits of majoring in something else to prep for a career in finance instead of getting a business degree in finance?

At liberal arts schools you can typically get away with majoring in whatever you want as long as the career office at your school is any good (it was very good at my school), you have a good G.P.A. (or work experience), and you do a few things to show that you want to work in the real world (summer internships, finance electives, etc.)

The reality is that at my school the people who majored in economics fit into three categories: the brilliant who would go on to get a PhD and someday run the world bank, jocks, and pre-meds who didn't get high enough marks in o-chem to get into med school. I wanted something that would set me apart from these people. I really liked math, found it to be very interesting, and would make the same decision again.
post #65 of 110
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post #66 of 110
B.S. Neuroscience

Worked for 2 years in biotech doing onocology therapeutics research.

Ph.D Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology

Went back to the same oncology company albeit at a much higher position/salary.
post #67 of 110
Civil Engineering (transpo and water, for those that care)
post #68 of 110
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Originally Posted by cross22 View Post
I went for partying, it worked out very well.
This. Honestly my family pressured me to go and I never wanted to. So I didn't ever take it seriously and ended up leaving. Kinda weird having had a steady job for 4 years now and friends who stayed there and saw things through are all working in service industry barely getting by. Not even able to do fun shit or traveling because of their debts. I'm getting to the point where I want to go back to school part time.
post #69 of 110
Major in Classics, minor in English and History.

Would have led to a stellar career touring gentleman's clubs, shooting pheasants in the country and reciting Cicero in Latin. But alas, I was born in the wrong century.
post #70 of 110
B Sc. in Chemistry
post #71 of 110
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Originally Posted by Milpool View Post
To please other people.

yeah i sure did too. but in retrospect, knowing how dum i was younger, we all need to do something what others say that's been there, for a little direction in life. college is still an experience that adds character, if not anything else.
post #72 of 110
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Originally Posted by word View Post
This.


Honestly my family pressured me to go and I never wanted to. So I didn't ever take it seriously and ended up leaving. Kinda weird having had a steady job for 4 years now and friends who stayed there and saw things through are all working in service industry barely getting by. Not even able to do fun shit or traveling because of their debts.

I'm getting to the point where I want to go back to school part time.
Where are you working now?
post #73 of 110
Political Science.
post #74 of 110
Bean counting.
post #75 of 110
...to learn

went to university for commerce, did quite well, followed it up with a couple professional certifications in accounting and marketing to give myself a more diverse knowledge base to build off of. It's worked very, very well and not done yet. Always found great value in getting back into the classroom and will be doing an MBA as soon as possible, already approved for it. It's simply a matter of making it work with a growing family.

along the way i've come across an array of different people with different levels of education and varying results. former IT managers who get MBA's and accounting designations who have great difficulty finding gainful employment... another MBA with an accounting designation who spoke 7 languages who couldnt find gainful employment... and then those guys with just highschool who make it big, relatively speaking anyways.

the common denominator, for better or worse, seems to be the ability to 'find your spot' and create value in it. you can do that without going to school, no question, and going through all the schooling in the world doesnt gaurantee success either... but it should help.
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