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Hi SF.. Im a senior @ Florida International University, pursuing B.Managent. Now..I dont know if it is my university in particular but I feel like I haven't learned a thing ( this is obv an overstatement), but I feel like a college education is supposed to make me feel a lot more prepared and knowledgeable ( i.e. when I read the business section of the WSJ, im still googleyed). I understand management is not Finance, but I've taken a couple finance&economics courses as pre-reqs, and I have a 3.4 gpa, so I wouldn't classify myself as a slacker.

Thus I've arrived to the conclusion that I made a pretty big mistake majoring in Management. Feels more like a title (bought, at that)that allows you to network, which might be fine and handy by today's standards, but is not what I was trying to get out of college. As opposed to a degree thats backed by actual knowledge such as medicine, engineering, or maybe actual Finance (doesn't help that I have a family of Doctors and Engineers)

On to the main topic..I had originally planned to further my education past a Bachelor's, and given how my undergrad has turned out, there's a lot more stress on what decision I make now. By process of elimination; I won't be pursuing medicine, or engineering. Second, honestly I'm a bit disappointed with anything business related, I know that a better school might offer a complete different experience but I also have to consider that it might not be for me. In addition I've been told and researched that at times an MBA on top of an already existing Business Degree can render useless, at least before a few years of experience. The problem with this is that ideally I would like finish off my studies in a straight shot, however I'll take all the advice I can get. Finally, my most promising option atm is law school. I understand the legal market is saturated, but to my benefit, I would not be going only for the job and $$ opportunities after it, but for the learning experience, and to become a professional.

Anyway, Im definitely going through a transitional phase, any input would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 5
don't go to law school.

Go apply to Burger King, Carnival, Ryder, something as an analyst.
post #3 of 5
Avoid law school. Based on your GPA you probably won't get into a top 10 ranked school unless you absolutely kill the LSAT and beyond that small group of schools law school is a completely losing proposition at the moment.

Get an entry level business job and see how you like it, then go from there. Don't get more schooling if you don't know what you want to do.
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Law school is a terrible idea for someone in your situation and is highly unlikely to lead to the outcome you think it will. Even the top law schools are a bad bet going forward...there are a ton of '09 and '10 grads from the top 10-15 schools out there still looking for decent work. Many of them are not only looking for jobs in law either, and they're still having a very tough time. No offense, but your ideas about law school are incredibly naive and uninformed.

Finish your bachelor's degree and a get a job. ANY entry level job in business should get you started.

Getting just about any grad degree right out of UG is a terrible idea, btw. Get some work experience, mature a little bit, then figure out what type of grad school you want to go to or if it's something you need to do at all.
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Law school is a terrible idea for someone in your situation and is highly unlikely to lead to the outcome you think it will. Even the top law schools are a bad bet going forward...there are a ton of '09 and '10 grads from the top 10-15 schools out there still looking for decent work. Many of them are not only looking for jobs in law either, and they're still having a very tough time. No offense, but your ideas about law school are incredibly naive and uninformed.

Finish your bachelor's degree and a get a job. ANY entry level job in business should get you started.

Getting just about any grad degree right out of UG is a terrible idea, btw. Get some work experience, mature a little bit, then figure out what type of grad school you want to go to or if it's something you need to do at all.

I'm not sure I 100% agree with the advice on Law School being a terrible idea, but do think it's important to work a little before going for a Grad degree. You are young and may find the type of work you think you will be interested in is not for you. It's something that I have discovered a couple of times. The only way you will really know what you want is to get out there and do it. Get your hands dirty. Once you have a few years under your belt, then go back for a higher degree.
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