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post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by Don Carlos View Post
Your major doesn't matter nearly as much as people here say it does. I was an English major and do finance. I know a lot of History majors who are ballers at law firms, banks, and consultancies right now. And so on.

If I had the choice to go back and do it over again, I'd pick CS in a heartbeat. But hindsight is 20/20, so what can you do? The fact that I'm not the tech badass I could have been has not really affected my quality of life.

Don't assume an English major locks you into "English major" jobs like writing, teaching, or law. No major, aside from CS or something on the pre-med spectrum, is ever a necessary requirement for a certain career path.

Time's a changing, finance isn't quite as easy to get into with an English degree these days. If the economy picks up again, major won't be as important, but in the past couple of years, recruiters look at major way way more.

To op, do some soul searching, what are your life goals? Be honest with yourself, and figure out what you want.
post #17 of 42
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yeah i do go to a shittty state scchool!
post #18 of 42
how many years until you graduate? now, I'll paste in my post from the other thread on the topic...
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To your question, rather than having us spit random course topics at you, why don't you tell us what you are interested in doing, what kind of career you would like to find yourself in, and then maybe we can help align what you have done in the past with what you'd like to do in the future.
post #19 of 42
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how many years until you graduate?

now, I'll paste in my post from the other thread on the topic...

I kind of don't know.. Something with writing. I would like to write fiction, get a job working for a magazine or something of that nature as an editor, or maybe become a professor. But I really don't know. I always defaulted to english because it was something I was always told I was good at
post #20 of 42
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Originally Posted by The Trendsetter View Post
I kind of don't know.. Something with writing. I would like to write fiction, get a job working for a magazine or something of that nature as an editor, or maybe become a professor. But I really don't know. I always defaulted to english because it was something I was always told I was good at

Take an extra year and double major. Take full summer load to help make up lost time.
post #21 of 42
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Originally Posted by The Trendsetter View Post
I kind of don't know.. Something with writing. I would like to write fiction, get a job working for a magazine or something of that nature as an editor, or maybe become a professor. But I really don't know. I always defaulted to english because it was something I was always told I was good at
not a lot to work with there. Basically the magazines are withering at the moment as ad dollars head in the general direction of online, leading to continually diminishing editorial staff. Academia is a long ass way away for an undergrad, and even then you will have to support yourself through that long ass journey (Hons, MA, PhD = what...10 years more study). Since this is a purely pragmatic discussion, why don't you do some Googling into what areas are the most candidate hungry (you will get some predictable ones like IT and nursing) but maybe you will see something that interests you there. Then come back and post and maybe we can somehow chart your way across for you. The other option, the great BA default...you could always....see here.
post #22 of 42
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Originally Posted by cross22 View Post
Terrible advice.

Yeah, you're right.

To the OP: Don't do something you enjoy. Force yourself to go to college and major in something you don't like (especially if other people say you should).

Oh, and keep worrying.
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post
Yeah, you're right.

To the OP: Don't do something you enjoy. Force yourself to go to college and major in something you don't like (especially if other people say you should).

Oh, and keep worrying.
I'm not sure anyone said that dude.

His thread clearly indicates that he wants a degree that offers a more clear path into professional life.

Certainly in the current economic climate, if I were him, I'd rather be applying for jobs in (say) marketing with a degree in marketing and a cover letter talking about how I had "devoted much of my study to buyer and consumer behavior which fits nicely with your company's mission about the evolving science of understanding customer preferences" etc.

This is an easier sell that "I have a degree in English and I have read extensively on the human condition which may fit with your company, and the rest I can learn as I learned how to learn while I studied the humanities".

Now, you can make a fair case that his learned how to learn is worth much more in the long run (it also assumes that business grads never learned how to learn, which is a false assumption to begin with) but we also are not talking about 'the long run' - we are talking very short run here. This kid will shortly be graduating, sending CVs in to jobs with a thousand other grads who studied something more directly applicable to the nature of the roles being advertised, while he is effectively armed with a piece of paper on it that tells employers that he's done a bunch of book reports
post #24 of 42
OP, just pass your classes this semester...and everything will be fine. Hear me? Just pass your damn classes. Don't get distracted by worry about money. Some day, you will be bitched and nagged at by your wife about not making enough money, same as every other man. OK?
post #25 of 42
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Originally Posted by Mr. White View Post
OP, just pass your classes this semester...and everything will be fine. Hear me? Just pass your damn classes. Don't get distracted by worry about money. Some day, you will be bitched and nagged at by your wife about not making enough money, same as every other man. OK?
just as long as youre paid enough to keep running water in the trailer, she's doing better than she was growing up...
post #26 of 42
Doesn't have to be one or the other. I doubled in History and Econ. History was my education, econ got me a job. Simple as that.
post #27 of 42
Do you go to a top ranked school? Do you have a high gpa? How much debt will you have upon graduation?
post #28 of 42
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post
Do what you enjoy. If you want to major in English and really enjoy it and want a degree, then do it. If not, then don't. Stop worrying.
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Terrible advice.
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Originally Posted by Matt View Post
I'm not sure anyone said that dude.
I was commenting on cross22's post. If what I said is terrible advice, then...
post #29 of 42
if you work hard, make connections and get a 4.0 you can get into a good graduate program
post #30 of 42
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Originally Posted by The Trendsetter View Post
I kind of don't know.. Something with writing. I would like to write fiction, get a job working for a magazine or something of that nature as an editor, or maybe become a professor. But I really don't know. I always defaulted to english because it was something I was always told I was good at

Hey man as someone who's kind of in your same predicament --

You don't need an English major to write fiction. It's a whole different skillset from the stuff you learn in school, even in writers workshops.

Magazines would be easier to get into, but print is dying and writing for the web is still a shaky proposition. If shitty writing bugs you, magazines and internet writing will probably drive you crazy.

Look at your long term goals. You only have one chance to do this stuff. Figure out if you need a large salary to be happy, or if you can only enjoy yourself in a writing career, or if you want to travel around and see the world, and then take steps toward making those things happen. But for the most part, don't worry too much.
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