Maybe you already know that you want to be a nurse, a day trader, a physical therapist, or a web developer. And then I got this email this morning from a student caught between love and money. A version of this article appears in print on December 5, 2004, on Page 10010001 of the National edition with the headline: Choosing a College Major: For Love or for the Money?. You won't have as many opportunities to experiment or take classes outside those two fields. Sunk costs often come into play 1-3 years after a student has chosen a major — and decides they now might want to switch.
Think About What Happens After School While you want to find something that you love, you also need to be somewhat practical, too. So I think it is a good idea to take what authority figures tell you into consideration. She is fascinated by international relations and is leaning toward anthropology. Lloyd-Jones, now a 24-year-old paralegal from Maplewood, N. To some people, a college degree is a tool that you can use to pry open employers doors, a means of building a specialized drillset that is then applied toward a particular career. Sometimes, they have some good insight that may help you decide on what may be best for you.
Myers-Briggs categorizes individuals using that can be combined to create 16 different personality types. Still, there is immense value in simply and trying to figure out the answers, rather than just jumping into something on a whim. There is no right answer to the question of whether you should pursue love or money. However, advanced credentials are more common in certain academic fields than others. Georgetown's 'The Economic Value of College Majors' report noted that of today's incoming college freshmen ultimately choose a major based on potential salary and benefits.
Do you love your family whom you might need to support with money? And so they will try to give you all sorts of advice as to what you should do. It took alot of restrain to walk out like a gentlemen, because I would have loved to tell the whole management team what I thought about them, lol. When I tell people that I am majoring in journalism with minors in political science and leadership studies , they are generally supportive. Keep your quality of life in mind, too—that six figure salary may not be worth it if you're not happy at the office. Sounds good to most parents! That gives you four semesters to play the field. But she says she also sees liberal arts majors who become equally successful.
Always bluntly titled but generally accompanied with smiley faces by the poster in an attempt to balance things out , this slideshow wanted to tell me all about the five, or 10, or 20 least profitable majors. Most students here are double majors and some even triple. Jieun Chai, a 2000 Stanford University graduate, for instance, deeply regrets not majoring in Asian languages. The only difference is that a minor does not require as many classes. The best research involves finding and talking to alumni. I would have really liked to major in Architecture, but I was never real strong in math so I didn't think it was a smart move. This figure represents the total cost of a four-year program tuition, fees, books and all other expenses subtracted from the degree recipient's career earnings.
Neither of these mentalities is better than the other. I urge you to consider majoring in something marketable or making damn sure to outside of class , but realize that your career will consume 40 hours of your time every week once you start working. According to , the majors that lead to the highest salaries include just about any type of engineering, actuarial mathematics, computer science, physics, statistics, government, and economics. Do what you love and the money will follow. That said, it also requires you to fulfill two sets of requirements and take twice as many required classes. And maybe that last line will keep angry mothers from complaining that their children are shirking their advice for that of some random internet blogger who dresses like Batman… However, you are your own person.
The following table lists the most popular majors among today's college graduates; the was originally published in a report from Georgetown University titled, 'The Economic Value of College Majors. Results of this study provide further insight into curriculum development and recruiting strategies. You only see Tank hacking on his computer console for probably 10 minutes total throughout all three Matrix movies. He dropped his pre-med notions and is continuing with math and some history, poli sci and econ. For them, higher education is, or should be, a way to become a better critical thinker and problem solver, as well as more informed about the world in general.
The most fundamental question in this evaluation should be answered first. These findings are listed in the table below. Furthermore, the data showed that full-time students who changed majors at least once reported higher graduation rates than those who remained in the same field for their entire bachelor's program. Struggling financially when you are young and single isn't that aweful. Trying to read straight through was taking up too much time, keeping me from other books I could have digested more easily.