Originally Posted by spb_lady
I'm from a weird country where enriching once spirit is valued much higher than enriching once wallet, and where high school has nothing in common with real life and business processes. That's why I studied philosophy and social sciences at the University in order to get good education and after started to work in the field I wanted without any idea how is it inside and what really my job will look like. And you know what? I'm doing pretty well. I'm just learning fast. My father was brilliant at science. He studied medicine and neurobiology, stayed at the university after he graduated, was teaching and doing science research. Being pretty happy till the Soviet Union died and he realized that he has a wife and 2 small children, but has no money and no place to live. It was a difficult choice for him, but he wanted to feed us sometimes, so he left science and started to study trading and finance. Himself. 3 years after he was invited to teach this at the university as well. He is now one of the best financial analysts in the country. What I'm saying here is that I do believe that smart and educated people can be successful in nearly any field they want (may be excluding some very specialized fields... though I have some examples as well). They just have enough learning skills and mental power for this. As to the people who specialized on the right nostril in order to get a job, I'm not so sure. Imo, your desire to improve your thinking is a good one, just know you can do that w/ any language or other field. Just an opinion.
+1 Too often we tend to value what we think is "useful" or "practical." But we are shortsighted, so these things we think are useful or practical often aren't. To the OP and other undergrads: Do what you love. Worry about a job later. If you do what you love, you'll work hard at it, become good at it, and be rewarded for it (w/ a job, money, etc.). If you just choose your major because you think it'll give you a job and money, you'll end up hating your job and eventually switching careers anyway. It's not that jobs or money aren't good or necessary. Just don't make them your focus.