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Old 11-01-2007, 08:07 PM
 
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A CD poster asked about career choices/majors that we chose and I'm curious how many of you actually work in a related industry of your major from college, technical school, community college etc.

I have a business degree in Management Information Systems. I LOVE technology but things just didn't work out for me. To make a long story short, since graduating in 2000, I've only had one job related to the tech industry. I am now going back to school to either get an accounting degree or accounting certificate for post-baccs. It has been a long journey for me in responding to the age-old question "What do I want to do with my life?" but I believe accounting is a good fit!

DH, on the other hand, was an ME major - total math geek - and now he works in the nuke industry. I guess it's not totally related but a lot of his skills are transferrable. He loves what he does and job security is just about a gimme if you can handle the pressure of passing the licensing exams.

I'd love to hear your story!
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I majored in a foreign language and minored in two others; I work in I.T., so my career isn't related to my degree in any way, shape, or form. And I'm happy with it.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Toledo
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I have an Anthropology degree so I think you know the answer . I've worked in libraries for the past 8 years, so getting a Masters in Library Science (MLS) would be the most logical step for me. The problem is that there is not much money to be made in the library field and the future of the profession is not heading where I would like it to be. My logical side says go into healthcare. If I were to do that I would either go the Physician Assistant or Pharmacy route. Nursing is absolutely out. But then my other side tells me to go ahead with the MLS because that's what I really want to do. Or maybe go into Psychology since I find it so interesting. But then again, I went into Anthropology because I found it interesting too. All in all, I still don't know what the heck I want to do with my life.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Who knows
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I majored in History, with a concentration in European History post-1400s. Right now I am working in a law firm, working in commercial litigation as a paralegal assistant. I am very pleased I am not a teacher or working in a museum. They just weren't the right fit for me.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I have a degree in Journalism.
I work in health care.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
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I dont have my degree yet but am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Information Systems, Database Development. I am highly considering putting that on hold and going for my Associates in Health Information Technology and getting certified. I believe healthcare is where its at right now.

I currently have been doing CATIA and AutoCad design work for aircraft carriers for the past 4 years.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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All in all, I still don't know what the heck I want to do with my life.
I don't know what I want to do with my life either!

I can tell you that a pharmacist or physician's assistant can land you a very comfortable salary so if it's for the money (and interest, too, of course) then go for it but if library science is your passion and money isn't on the top of your list as "important", then I'd say go with library science. You are in the industry, you like your job and you have a genuine interest. I think pharmacists need an MD degree nowadays though so you will be literally startin' from scratch.

It's funny you mentioned library science. I recently started going back to school and I go to the library to study. I noticed there was no card catalog!!! Now, I know I probably haven't hung out in a library since, oh, say ... pre-millenium but whoa! No card catalog?! I wonder if kids these days even know how to use one! heeehee
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:34 AM
 
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I have a degree in Journalism.
I work in health care.
Short, sweet and to the point!
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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I dont have my degree yet but am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Information Systems, Database Development. I am highly considering putting that on hold and going for my Associates in Health Information Technology and getting certified. I believe healthcare is where its at right now.

I currently have been doing CATIA and AutoCad design work for aircraft carriers for the past 4 years.
HIT sounds like it will be related to your major so getting an AA and making some money for now sounds like a good idea! Healthcare IS a good industry - no doubt about that - good luck!
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I have a Bachelor's in Accounting and I work in Accounting. I don't like where I work but I like what I do. I am a number cruncher through and through. I can interact well with the people I work with, but dealing with the public isn't something I could handle. I've working in an accounting department for 17 years, 10 as an accountant.
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