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How relevant was your college education to your career choice?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by WellGroomedMale, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. WellGroomedMale

    WellGroomedMale Active Member

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    It seems to me that what many people major in during college differs greatly from the career path they eventually choose. I’d like to hear your stories – what you majored in, what you do now, and what caused you to deviate from your major. I’m a Marketing major currently, but I feel that I could end up doing a number of different things after I graduate.
     
  2. wj4

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    Pretty relevant. My current position correlates to what I majored in in undergrad and grad. Keep in mind that it is not uncommon for an individual to have 4-5 careers throughout the work life so chances are, you will deviate from what you learned in college sooner than later. I know a lot of people who never worked a day in the field they majored in as well.
     
  3. dragon8

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    My undergrad is not revelant at all but grad is somewhat revelant.
     
  4. Fraiche

    Fraiche Well-Known Member

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    Very, very relevant. I am in technology.
     
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  5. Kai

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    My undergrad degree (Chinese) was not relevant at all to what I ended up doing with my life (State-side corporate attorney.)
     
  6. IChen

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    Majoring in finance at the moment, would like to work with retail fashion...I know right :(
    Being a sales associate is pretty fun at the moment, probably because I'm young but it may change. Might look at financial positions for a fashion retail.
    Gonna continue running my family's investment portfolio, so I don't cry and sweat as much at night [​IMG]
     
  7. Texasmade

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    Majored in accounting in undergrad and got an MS in accounting for grad school. Currently work as an audit manager in a big 4 accounting firm so I haven't deviated at all.
     
  8. chronovello

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    I studied psychology and anthropology for two years as an undergrad. Then I transferred to a small seminar-based creative writing program within the same school.

    As a graduate, I studied journalism.

    Now, I'm in advertising.

    Do what you love to do at the moment. Take whatever you learn forward with you. Don't be afraid to change your course. Don't be afraid to break the rules and make your own.
     
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  9. WellGroomedMale

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    LOL that's a pretty big difference. How did that happen?
     
  10. Gibonius

    Gibonius Well-Known Member

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    Pretty directly relevant so far, but I'm still moving along and it wouldn't surprise me to have a big change at some point.

    Majored in chemistry, went to grad school for physical chemistry, now I'm a research scientist doing instrument design and method development.
     
  11. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    bahahaha. majored in Physics. Currently in Accounting. Had I switched to business / accounting as a Freshman like one of my incoming cohort did, things might be a tad different.

    Well, I did get an MBA and CPA-filelr courses between then and now.
     
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  12. justsayno

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    my undergrad tech degree helped me get my first job and also helped me switch careers to tech product mgmt.
     
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  13. Joffrey

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    Very relevant. My graduate degree is even more so.

    Undergrad: Economics and Intl Studies (concentrated in IPE)
    Grad School: MA in INtl Affairs concentrating in Intl Economic Relations

    Career: Policy Analyst with US Govt.

    Career Track: move to private sector
     
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  14. Kai

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    I thought I might become a lawyer that specialized in business with China. Then the Tian An Mun massacre happened (1st year in law school) and most of the law firms either pulled out of China altogether or downsized their China operations. That, and the realization that I didn't want to live in China for the rest of my life (which is kind of what you have to commit to if you'e serious about specializing in China law) made me decide to pursue intellectual property law instead. Worked at a big firm for a couple of years, then left to join a biotech start-up, and the rest is history.





     
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  15. amathew

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    Undergrad was math and political science, and grad was applied mathematics. Now, I'm working as a statistician at a marketing company.

    With that said, I'm considering looking for a 'online marketing' or 'ppc marketing' position. That or something more oriented towards policy, such as
    a 'policy analyst.' I like stats, but it's just overwhelming sometimes.
     
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  16. Claghorn

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    Economics....and I conduct vaguely economic research now, applying to PhD programs in OB. So probably pretty relevant.

    My dad's undergrad was in classical languages and chemistry, then he got his PhD in German literature, and now he's a primary scientist specializing in the Earth's magnetosphere at a large applied R&D organization. So not very relevant in his case.
     
  17. imschatz

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    Economics/Mathematics.

    Now a Business Analyst, developing IT solutions for an Electric Utility. Education was mildly useful for where I am today (finished school 18 months ago), but will be more useful in the next few years to getting me to where I want to be - as an Analyst for either the Commodities Traders or with the Commercial Management team doing analysis for PPA (power purchasing agreements).
     
  18. amathew

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    Just general words of advice based on my experience. Not really directed at anyone, just felt like mentioning it.
    I'm in my first job (been 18 months) post-university and it's horrible. But first jobs usually are and you gotta keep in mind to work hard and to learn as much as you can. Keep your dream job and/or /industry in sight and just stick through that horrible times that come with that first job. And be thankful that you at least have a college education and a decent job.
     
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  19. Reggs

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    Business degree with a concentration in marketing, currently managing the marketing department at my company.
     
  20. wj4

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    Yeah. A lot of people are working hard out there, but without a bachelor's, they can't progress up and make more.
     

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