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Old 01-22-2011, 06:54 PM
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Right now I'm on the Community College of Philadelphia website. I'm going to graduate from High School this June and I can't figure out what major to take at CCP. I plan on moving to NYC after I graduate, and I'm not sure what to major in because I want to make sure I will be able to find a job relatively easy, in NYC after graduation from College.

I'll seriously do anything to live my dream, it doesn't matter. My father is a mechanic as well as my uncle, and I was considering being one, but I don't know a single thing about cars right now, so I'm unsure.

Anyways, what major will best prepare me for a career making atleast 40k+ a year in NYC? I more than likely will try and get my bachelors at a school in NYC after a few years of working, but there's a chance whatever I chose will be my career.

I really don't want to screw myself over.. so what major will lead me into a good career where I can 100% find a job after graduation?

The list I can choose from is:

Associate's Courses
American Sign Language/English Interpreting (INT)*
Applied Science and Engineering Technology
Applied Studies*
Automotive Management – Automotive Management and Marketing Option
Automotive Technology – Automotive Service Technology Option
Behavioral Health/Human Services*
Chemical Technology
Clinical Laboratory Technician
Computer-Assisted Design Technology
Computer Forensics
Computer Information Systems – Information Technology
Construction Management
Culinary Arts
Dental Hygiene
Diagnostic Medical Imaging
Digital Video Production
Early Childhood Education
Facility Management – Construction Option
Facility Management – Design Option
Fire Science
Geographic Information Systems
Hospitality Management Justice
Management – Entrepreneurship Option
Management – Human Resources Management Option
Management – Management Option
Management – Real Estate Marketing Option
Medical Assisting
Paralegal Studies
Patient Service Representative
Photographic Imaging
Respiratory Care Technology
Sound Recording and Music Technology

Addiction Studies Academic Certificate
Computer-Assisted Design Technology Academic Certificate
Creative Writing Academic Certificate
Disability Studies Academic Certificate
Geographic Information Systems Academic Certificate | Program Brochure
Human Services Academic Certificate*
Justice Academic Certificate*
Leadership Studies Academic Certificate
Management Academic Certificate
Social Gerontology Academic Certificate*
Women’s Studies/Gender Studies Academic Certificate
Youth Work Academic Certificate
Automotive Service Proficiency Certificate
Biomedical Technician Proficiency Certificate
Biotechnology Proficiency Certificate
Community Outreach Specialist Proficiency Certificate
Digital Imaging Proficiency Certificate
Geographic Information Systems Proficiency Certificate
Medical Insurance Billing Proficiency Certificate
Medical Office Assistant Proficiency Certificate
Medical Office Clinical Assistant Proficiency Certificate
Nanofabrication Manufacturing Proficiency Certificate
Network and Systems Administration Proficiency Certificate
Patient Financial Service Representative Proficiency Certificate
Patient Service Representative Proficiency Certificate
Practical Entrepreneurship Proficiency Certificate
Process Technology I Proficiency Certificate
Professional Cooking Proficiency Certificate
Receptionist and Office Clerk Proficiency Certificate
Recovery and Transformation Proficiency Certificate
Social and Human Service Assistant Proficiency Certificate
Youth Work Proficiency Certificate

Like I said, I'll do anything to be able to get into the work force after college, and live my lifelong dream of living in NYC.

I'm seriously a smart person; legit have an I.Q. of 125, but as you can probably tell, I'm a lazy person and I hate living here, so I really have zero interest in living here for much longer. I'm not asking you guys to make this huge life decision for me, I'm sorely asking you guys to tell me what Certificates or Associate's degree programs will have me getting in the workforce with a salary of atleast 40k a year in NYC after graduation. I don't want to finish and then not be able to find a job for a year. I want to jump right in there.

I'd prefer to speed things up and take a Certificate course, but I'd rather go ahead and get my Associate's if it means making much more a year.

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Old 01-22-2011, 08:54 PM
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You want to live your dream. What is your dream? Does it involve anything more than living in New York and making $40,000/year? What are you good at? What do you like? You don't know if you'd be more satisfied as an accountant or a firefighter? Whether you are more suited to construction or nursing?

None of the choices will guarantee you anything, but some are better than others. Cross off culinary arts, early childhood education, medical assisting, and sound recording.

Most of your classes at the community college will be your general education classes, so you don't have to make a decision right away. Narrow down your options. Use your general ed classes to get ideas.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:13 PM
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We don't know you or your interests. How about going into something like plumbing? That's a job that will never full be outsourced overseas, and the average salary for a plumber is decent in NYC. I don't know what you need to do to become one, though, or if you have any interest in the field. I would give serious consideration to the vocational, and not office job, route, though, unless you discover a strong interest in some specific thing; so many entry-level office jobs these days require a BA, and even then don't pay very much.

A lot of those certificates look like a waste of time and money. I agree that if you're going to go to school at this point (and not just get vocational training) you should concentrate on general classes that will be transferable towards a BA. Or, alternatively, look up careers that meet your income requirements and sound attractive enough that you don't mind spending your week doing them (or at least could tolerate) and then look at the requirements. If it's a job that takes 6 years of higher education just to get an entry level job starting at $30k you can cross them off the list. You might find some jobs that pay well enough, require some specialized training, but don't need a degree. You could save some time and money if you did that research now, and not two years down the road.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:22 PM
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For one thing, you need to get into reality here. There are far better cities than NYC that are much cheaper to live in. NYC has a very high CoL and $40,000 is not enough to live off of there.

You also have the wrong mindset about going to college and getting a job with money. Find out what your interests are and pursue them when going to college.

Like someone said, start off with general ed classes then maybe transfer to a 4-year institution. You'd have all your basics out of the way and ready to move on.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:40 PM
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Of that list I'd first choose nursing, then diagnostic medical imaging, clinical lab tech, or fire science, (police science if they had it). Many of the others would put you in competition with a host of others with much more schooling and degrees from better schools. With the nursing you can get an initial license and move up to being a well paid physicians assistant.

Of course you must think about whether you will like and do well in the types of classes you will have to take for each and if you would like that as a career. Being lazy is not a good recommendation to do well in life. Not being so is a better way to assure success.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:17 PM
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Something to keep in mind is that if you are planning to pursue a bachelors degree later, there's a huge possibility that a four year college will not take your Community College classes. As you are probably aware there are local CC's that have agreements with some PA state Colleges like West Chester or Temple, but none of the programs that you are considering are meant to be part 1 for a bachelors degree. As much as you want to get out of Philly, I urge you to get your bachelors degree while you can and then move.

Looking at the website, I see that Community College of Philadelphia has articulated agreements with some nice colleges - Community College of Philadelphia - Transfer Agreements Why not talk with a counselor at the college about finding out how you could afford to go to one of these colleges after two years at the CC? You might be surprised at the financial aid you can get at some colleges. Drexel in particular is very generous with aid and has an excellent co-op program that gives you a better then average shot at employment after graduation.

You really, really need to have some sort of aptitude for a job to be successful in it, it's not something you can just pick without a reason.
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:39 PM
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Choosing a major because a bunch of anonymous strangers on the internet told you to--is the worst idea ever. The best path to success is to follow your dreams and your passions. Because you'll never succeed at something you don't even like doing.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:37 AM
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$40k is basically poverty-level in NyC, especially if you intend to eventuall have a wife and kids. $40k in NYc yields a $1,000/mo rent budget based on stringent NYC landlord criteria. That sounds like a lot, but you will be living in a rough, unsafe neighborhood or a far outer neighborhood of Queens or Brooklyn, that's about an hour's subway ride into Manhattan. I doubt either of those match up to your dreams of living in the city.

What do you like? What are you good at? Most people find that when they do what they love, the money follows. Maybe not at starting salary, but if you have passion a drive, the money will eventually find you.

That being said, accounting is a good BBA degree to earn with a starting salary in the $40's-$60k's. But if you're not good at math, it's not a good fit.

Plumbing, electrician work, and other similar service jobs do eventually pay well, but you'd need similar interests in tinkering & fixing things as you would to be a mechanic, which you're unsure of.

Sales can be quite lucrative if you have the right personality, but it's not a good fit for someone whose lazy. In fact, NYC in general isn't a good environment for someone who's self-described as lazy.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:21 AM
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Your father and uncle are auto technicians yet you don't know anything about cars? I was going to say aim to be an engineer but it dosn't seem like you have an interest in this.

Just start taking general education classes at your community college and figure out what it is you want to become.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:28 AM
Location: Bangor Maine
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I think you do need a reality check. A nephew of mine just moved to NYC and he is in his 30s. To rent in Manhattan they wanted $4000 a month for an appartment and a deposit in addition to that. I think he settled for living in Brooklyn.

I don't believe there are too many jobs anywhere that will pay $40K a year with no experience and 2 years of college.
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