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Old 01-04-2012, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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realistic information about job prospects and college major. The old advice to study what you love no longer holds true.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/new-study-shows-architecture-arts-degrees-yield-hi (broken link)
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:35 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Clicking the link got me...

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Old 01-04-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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oh, I'm sorry- I just read the article in the paper this morning. Basically it said arts and architectural degrees were highest unemployment while health, education science degrees were lowest. We used to be able to tell our kids to study what interests them but this recession has turned that on it's head.

does this work?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/busine...y.html?hpid=z4
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:17 AM
 
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Well, those are certainly broad categories. They pretty much cover every single possible occupation and the numbers pretty much line up with national figures for unemployment at all levels.

It's funny because on the list for majors with "high" unemployment rates they say computers and math, then go to the list of the fastest growing fields and #15 is computer software.... Unfortunately the list of fastest growing careers if full of $20,000/year dead end jobs.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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I'm still telling them to study what they love.

Recessions are temporary, a natural reoccurring economic cycle. They have their wholes live ahead of them. There's no reason to get stuck in something they hate.

My father refused to pay my sister's tuition because she chose a journalism major. This was the recession during the crash of the steel industry. He said she'd be a starving artist. Her success was astounding. She left the rest of us in the dust. My father changed his tune.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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This subject has come up a lot among my friends recently. I don't care what my kids study but I want them to have a plan. Study philosophy and plan to go to law school, study history and plan to be a teacher etc. Don't be a philosophy grad and then assume you're going to get a job in banking. I married a music major who's a successful marketing executive, he had a plan he started at a record label interning and working nights at a studio, after college one of the labels hired him. I was a finance major because I thought it would get me a good job, it did but I was miserable and should have majored in history or english and been a teacher or copywriter. Study what you love but find a way to make it a career and then plan in that direction.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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This subject has come up a lot among my friends recently. I don't care what my kids study but I want them to have a plan. Study philosophy and plan to go to law school, study history and plan to be a teacher etc. Don't be a philosophy grad and then assume you're going to get a job in banking. I married a music major who's a successful marketing executive, he had a plan he started at a record label interning and working nights at a studio, after college one of the labels hired him. I was a finance major because I thought it would get me a good job, it did but I was miserable and should have majored in history or english and been a teacher or copywriter. Study what you love but find a way to make it a career and then plan in that direction.
Great advice!
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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College is not vocational training.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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College is not vocational training.
I disagree. While some people may have the financial security to study for the love of studying, most people go to college in order to start or improve a career. I think its rather elitist to assume that most college students have the luxury to spend tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to simply learn for no other reason than interest.

That doesn't mean they can't plan a career around what interest's them. It also doesn't mean that students who attend vocational schools aren't loving what they're learning.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Years ago we had the luxury of going to college to study what we wanted or as my father put it--to get a MRS. It did not cost an arm and a leg and back then a college graduate could make a decent living in just about any field.

But all that has changed. There is no more education centered family than ours but I still say, unless you think you can turn what you love into a successful career, don't waste the space and the money. Who has the time or money to go to college to" find "yourself?
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