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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

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    I have saved a ton of money on youtube, just learning how to do car repair of all things.
    Yep, even jobs requiring "special" tools can be done by nearly anyone - then sell those "special" tools online or pawn them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    What matters is not what degree you get but what you do with it. Fun fact, one can obtain a liberal arts degree and have a prosperous, well-paying career.
    It's not so much a matter of "what you do with it", but what is the state of the economy when you graduate and what the job market is for the particular degree that you have. Sure someone with a liberal arts degree can land a good paying job in a good company, but they can also end up waiting tables as well. As someone who worked in education I can tell you that when jobs for history teachers open up schools get hundreds of resume's. When jobs for science teachers open up often it is only a few.

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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cynical View Post
    It's not so much a matter of "what you do with it", but what is the state of the economy when you graduate and what the job market is for the particular degree that you have. Sure someone with a liberal arts degree can land a good paying job in a good company, but they can also end up waiting tables as well. As someone who worked in education I can tell you that when jobs for history teachers open up schools get hundreds of resume's. When jobs for science teachers open up often it is only a few.
    It's both. The economy matters. Hiring practices matter. The degree matters. Location matters. All sorts of things matter!
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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

    i chose the major that had the best potential for a career in a subject that i disliked the least and had the most aptitude in. it was probably one of the least stupid decisions that i made at age 19.

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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    One can develop other job skills (without an expensive education) and have a prosperous, well-paying career too. The trick is to put forth the individual effort to acquire those skills and do high quality work using them. What too many folks call "good luck" is simply the confluence of preparedness and opportunity.

    My skills include (but are not limited to) carpentry (framing and finish), plumbing, electrical, painting and grounds maintenance and I work as a self-employed handyman. I have about $20K invested in tools/equipment, but that is far less than the typical student loan debt. I am not rich by any measure, but am able to make over the median income (most of it in tax free cash) when I elect to work full-time. Since I am now 65 and getting Social Security retirement income I no longer need to work full-time.
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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bum View Post
    I read the following article and it brought me back to a discussion I had with my mother when I was about 16-18....My Mother was a meteorologist and I wanted to be a light house keeper ( it was a phase, dont judge)….she gave me the bottom line up front speech I have pretty much memorized and have since repeated to my brats.

    Do a job you have to do so you can eventually do the job you want to do.

    At the time, I was pretty much of the opinion that she had no idea what she was talking about ( the angst of youth ), and I was going to do as I pleased and become a rich light house keeper.

    Cue the bounced reality check and fast forward several decades.

    Mom, I get it now.....I took that wisdom and imparted it to my offspring; research the jobs and career fields before you plow into it head first.

    Its easier to do so in this day of internet data at your fingertips than it was in my day of going to the library and spending hours looking over old micro fiches; but, the bottom line is this....due diligence and research.

    The 20 highest and lowest paying college majors

    When you went to school ( college, trade, apprenticeship, ), did you look at the look at the career field outlook before you took out student loans, or paid your quarterly tuition?
    Did you fall victim to the " I wanna work with dolphins so I will be a marine biologist" syndrome that I saw nail so many of my friends in the 80's? ( just an example)

    What did you do to prepare yourself for the future?
    Kind of! I am terrible at math and didn't want to become some sales and marketing drone. I got a degree in communications and have worked steadily and at better jobs ever since then.

    Irony is, I do a lot of math, standard deviations and regression analysis....but the computer does it, and I understand it...
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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    One can develop other job skills (without an expensive education) and have a prosperous, well-paying career too. The trick is to put forth the individual effort to acquire those skills and do high quality work using them. What too many folks call "good luck" is simply the confluence of preparedness and opportunity.

    My skills include (but are not limited to) carpentry (framing and finish), plumbing, electrical, painting and grounds maintenance and I work as a self-employed handyman. I have about $20K invested in tools/equipment, but that is far less than the typical student loan debt. I am not rich by any measure, but am able to make over the median income (most of it in tax free cash) when I elect to work full-time. Since I am now 65 and getting Social Security retirement income I no longer need to work full-time.
    The fact is that some of the wealthiest people in the world were college dropouts: Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, to name a few. There are many other factors that go into becoming successful other than sitting in classrooms listening to lectures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i chose the major that had the best potential for a career in a subject that i disliked the least and had the most aptitude in. it was probably one of the least stupid decisions that i made at age 19.
    My choice of a major was largely done for practical reasons as well. In hindsight I wish I was doing something else but I made the best of it and live a comfortable middle class life and will hopefully be able to retire in my early to mid sixties.

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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

    A suggestion I gave my children based on experience. If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.

    They have done very well even if they did not get a computer science degree.

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    Re: Did you research your degree before you pursued it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cynical View Post
    My choice of a major was largely done for practical reasons as well. In hindsight I wish I was doing something else but I made the best of it and live a comfortable middle class life and will hopefully be able to retire in my early to mid sixties.
    I might not be able to retire early, but I started a family later than most, and it's worth it. I am more passionate about subjects outside my major, but I get to do that in my spare time.

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