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How did you decide a career?

NeedMoney

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Originally Posted by thenanyu
Software Engineering requires little math compared to other technical majors. Most of the time you are just adding 1.

I'll look it up and see what it's about, thanks.

Originally Posted by it's ok ma'
Is it too late to get a vocational degree? Not being a jerk here, just that it sounds like this is what you want (this my day job, but I am really....).

From what it sounds, like above posters said, you sound like you don't care much about effort. Don't expect to find a job right out of college with an accounting degree, especially with this attitude. My cousin majored in accounting in a state school and he tells me it's competitive as hell. Internship positions are few and the elite accounting firms and business management companies only want the best.

I suppose nursing would be the "easiest" but most nursing programs are also now very competitive.

A college degree is not a vocational degree, is pretty much what I should say.


Don't see how it would ever be too late for any degree, but I've already gone through the general required undergraduate courses so I could move into anything within reason.

I don't think I could be too competitive in something I don't care much about, but maybe I need to stop being too picky.


Originally Posted by Fraiche
Economics and Marketing degrees get you no where after graduation. Accounting has immediate impact.

I've read up on Economics getting you nothing unless you want to be a teacher or go through Graduate School (even then maybe not)

But Marketing as well? I'll have to look more into that.
 

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Good field: politics. You can major in whatever the hell you want and get a job in politics. It'll take some hard work on the front end; you'll need to prove yourself by working 70 hour weeks on a campaign or something similar to that. But you can break into it with most any degree.
 

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I was out of a job, sitting at home eating cookies and watching the sopranos. Meadow said that her dad worked for waste management. I decided to give it a go. Been here ever since. true story.
 

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Get a degree in a hard science (math, computer science, engineering, accounting, finance etc) - it will be much easier to find employment and start a career after school.

While you are working at your first job - it will become apparent to you what areas are truly of interest to you. Then you work towards that.
 

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I began drawing plans when I was in the fifth grade. I knew then that I wanted to be an architect.

Your going to spend a great bit of your life at this ... pick something that will make you happy!
 

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Well i decided to choose computers as a career as Technology never ends!
 

Saltricks

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1. Things you like to do
2. Things you are good at
3. Things you can get paid to do

Find the intersection of these three things in order to succeed.
 

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So while its true that you don't need much math for software engineering, I wouldn't recommend it unless you're interested in it. Most software engineers sit around doing tech design, coding, and testing all day. It would extremely tedious for someone who doesn't enjoy coding.

To find something that intersects all three things Saltricks listed is probably uncommon, I'm guessing you wouldn't have created this thread if you had something. If you hit two, you can scrape by while doing something you love or you could be financially stable but bored. I tend to see more of the first type here. I would guess the second would lead towards depression.
 

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Originally Posted by Saltricks
1. Things you like to do
2. Things you are good at
3. Things you can get paid to do

Find the intersection of these three things in order to succeed.

If one finds that intersection ... most of the time one is paid to play.
 

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I don't really remember how it happened, but it just did.
 

Fraiche

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For some of us folks, we might be good at something we may not "love."

And sometimes the things we are good at make more money than things we love.

Choose wisely.
 

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Originally Posted by Fraiche
And sometimes the things we are good at make more money than things we love.
But why spend a lifetime doing something that you don't love? Money isn't always the answer ... unless, of course, money is what one loves.
 

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I graduated from a midwest party school with a major in Earth Science and a minor in English. Moved to NYC to follow a girl and got a job out of the New York Times doing Environmental Consulting. That was 9.5 years ago. Still in the same field and couldn't be happier.

I just studied what I liked, had fun and let the chips fall where they may.
 

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Originally Posted by NeedMoney
I wouldn't go that far, I just have other dreams.

I think I could easily do accounting, but it bores me too much.


A lot of people say this until they get into upper level accounting courses. You really have to enjoy it somewhat to get through it. I'll be studying for my CPA exam for the next four months and if I didn't have some passion for rules and numbers combined I'd be ready to jump off a bridge. Actuallly, it's only been a week and I'm considering it already.
 

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