shape
carat
color
clarity

If you can turn back the clock would you change your college major?

Discussion in 'Hangout' started by Dancing Fire, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Dancing Fire
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    30,170
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2004
    AV_ likes this.
    


    


  2. Phoenix
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    8,898
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2006
    by Phoenix » Aug 19, 2019
    Definitely. I would have done Finance or Law instead of Accountancy.
     
    AV_ likes this.
  3. Daisys and Diamonds
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,089
    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2019
    by Daisys and Diamonds » Aug 19, 2019
    id make my parents let me actually go to university !
    in 1989 in NZ it wasn't yet common for everyone to go on to territory education and unlike my sister i was in an average class at high school as opposed to the top class
    i can't spell and have terrible handwritting and ive always had crap jobs but i know im as capable as anyone else
    the real crime is in my day there was no tuition fees but my parents felt varsity was for people who were going to be doctors and lawyers and kids who did BA's were wasting their time drinking and get into trouble
    Dunedin as a university city and some of the students behaved really baddly

    im not really sure how these things work but
    id study history but maybe i should do accountancy
     
  4. mellowyellowgirl
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,744
    Joined:
    May 17, 2014
    by mellowyellowgirl » Aug 19, 2019
    Hell yes!!! I would have become a vet instead of doing law and finance which was sooooo wrong for me!
     
    


    


  5. missy
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    25,976
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    by missy » Aug 19, 2019
    I majored in Biology but took lots of courses in my favorite field at the time Psychology. I wanted to go into Psychology but my parents dissuaded me saying I would take things too much to heart if I became a psychologist. So I listened to them and went into a different field and hence majored in Biology.

    If I had to do it all over again...and I don't regret going into the career I did as that is how I met my dh. He was a patient of mine lol. However, if I had to do it all again I would major in Statistics or something similar based in Math. I love numbers and my mind used to work well that way and I think I could have had a good career that was math based.

    Instead I went into biology and I have no regrets about that or else I would not have met Greg and well the rest is history. Hahaha or should I say Biology/Chemistry.:lol:
     
  6. kipari
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,260
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2015
    by kipari » Aug 19, 2019
    Hmmm... Should have done a double major. I truly LOVED my political science studies and wouldn't want to change that. But wanted to do law as a minor subject, which isn't possible. Never really fought for the possibility to do two majors at the time (the administration told me not to do it, but in hindsight I think were just too lazy to properly evaluate this...) Bummer
     
    AV_ likes this.
  7. Gussie
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,303
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2017
    by Gussie » Aug 19, 2019
    Very interesting question! I went the STEM route since I excelled at math and science and it was practically beat in my brain that it was the only field with job opportunities. I have graduate degrees in physics, applied physics, and microelectronics/photonics :geek2:. (3 master's, which means I never finished my PhD :P2) I am a highly educated SAHM, lol. I don't think I would do anything differently when I think about the job market today. But if I could go back without employment worries, I would major in Art History. Go figure. :confused2:
     
    hypermom, JrJ, Rubybrick and 2 others like this.
  8. qubitasaurus
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    816
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2014
    by qubitasaurus » Aug 19, 2019
    I actually keep thinking I should have done a double major and walked out with an engineering science degree. As apposed to a straight science degree. Also wish I had taken computer science as part of my undergrad science degree, as I seem to be spending a lot of my time reading computer science papers and this is not an easy one to bootstrap -- also it turns out to be shockingly actually interesting. Probably would have ended up in the same place anyway at the end, but I keep thinking I could have made it a lot easier for myself :lol:. It would be nice though if I could have not spent 5 minutes internally swearing as I tried to work out what the person who started talking to me about sample complexity today actually meant.
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
    Gussie and AV_ like this.
  9. marymm
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    3,743
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    by marymm » Aug 19, 2019
    Would have done Library Science instead of going the Poli Sci/Law route
     
    Tekate likes this.
  10. AV_
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,182
    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2018
    by AV_ » Aug 19, 2019
    I did Economics & ran from academic research far & fast, then turned to Physics & to research; in fact, my domain of interest has hardly changed.
     
    Arcadian, kipari and Gussie like this.
    


    


  11. Gussie
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,303
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2017
    by Gussie » Aug 19, 2019
    Nice to meet a fellow physicist! Funny thing about physicists is that most aren't nerds, rather just strange birds! I am definitely one!:lol:
     
    Tekate, Wewechew, JrJ and 2 others like this.
  12. voce
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,944
    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    by voce » Aug 19, 2019
    If I could turn back time, I'd major in molecular biology, genetics route, to do research on ancient human DNA. This area is fascinating to me because it uncovers truths about prehistory and debunks false racist pseudoscience.
     
    anne_h, Rubybrick and JrJ like this.
  13. Asscherhalo_lover
    Ideal_Rock
    Trade

    Messages:
    4,215
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    by Asscherhalo_lover » Aug 19, 2019
    Yes, I would have done Speech Language Pathology over Special Education, WAY more opportunities!
     
    DAF likes this.
  14. marcy
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    22,892
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2007
    by marcy » Aug 19, 2019
    Definitely. My degree is in psychology, I wish I'd stuck with my original major. I started out as an education major. Ironically I ended up teaching for 21 years at a community college.
     
  15. snowballs mom
    Rough_Rock

    Messages:
    59
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2017
    by snowballs mom » Aug 19, 2019
    I would not change. I have a BS and MS in biology. I studied bio because it was the only subject I liked. I have done really cool things - first I was an electron microscopist in neuroanatomy labs. I then took a job where I learned DNA analysis that led to a second career as a forensic scientist. No regrets (just not a lot of money!). :mrgreen:
     
    AV_ likes this.
    


    


  16. dk168
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    4,561
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2013
    by dk168 » Aug 19, 2019
    Nope, it led to a professional qualification that had served me well.
    DK :))
     
  17. Miss Marple
    Shiny_Rock

    Messages:
    182
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2018
    by Miss Marple » Aug 19, 2019
    In retrospect, I should have sucked it up and done a STEM degree rather than going for the easy liberal arts major. That said, things ended up working out pretty well, and much to my amusement, I’ve had more than one colleague tell me they assumed I do have a STEM background. :D
     
    Rubybrick and AV_ like this.
  18. VRBeauty
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    10,097
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    by VRBeauty » Aug 19, 2019
    No. I enjoyed my classes and the resulting career. If I had been in different space, I’d have continued in line law school, but I would have wanted to practice in the field I ended up working in - and it would not necessarily have been more lucrative. So overall, I’m happy with the choices I made way back then, and with how it all worked out.
     
  19. canuk-gal
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    19,387
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    by canuk-gal » Aug 19, 2019
    HI:

    No. I'm good.

    cheers--Sharon
     
    AV_, hypermom and VRBeauty like this.
  20. lovedogs
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    9,014
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2014
    by lovedogs » Aug 19, 2019
    Nope, happy with my major and career path.
     
  21. monarch64
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    17,686
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    by monarch64 » Aug 20, 2019
    No way! I changed my major after I declared my initial one of radio/tv/film. When I was choosing THAT one, I was torn between it and studying piano/performance. Chucked both of those to major in textiles/apparel/merchandising and made a solid enough career that I can always get back into easily—as long as Adam and Eve remain popular historic characters, humans will wear clothes, so that industry is never going to become obsolete.
     
  22. kayla17
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,959
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2003
    by kayla17 » Aug 20, 2019
    Yes. I would have gone into forensics science. In particular pathology or anthropology. I find that stuff so fascinating. Who knows? There is still time for me to go back to school.
     
    missy likes this.
  23. missy
    Super_Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    25,976
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    by missy » Aug 20, 2019
    Agree completely. I think that is a fascinating field and one I considered as well. And also agree that there is time for you to pursue any other career passions you might have!
     
    kayla17 likes this.
  24. baby monster
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    3,559
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    by baby monster » Aug 20, 2019
    Nope. I did well with my chosen major. It suits my abilities.
     
  25. Wewechew
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,421
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2017
    by Wewechew » Aug 20, 2019
    If I could do it over again, I would have probably gotten my Masters in Accounting, instead of just a general MBA.
     
    Gussie likes this.
  26. Gussie
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,303
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2017
    by Gussie » Aug 20, 2019
    Have you considered looking into the actuarial exams? It's a great career and is always in demand. We have quite a few actuaries in our family.
     
    Wewechew and AV_ like this.
  27. Wewechew
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    1,421
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2017
    by Wewechew » Aug 20, 2019
    My mother suggested becoming an Actuary years ago when I was in high school. If I hadn't "fallen" into my current career after college, that would have been something I would have found interesting.

    In my line of work, at least being eligible to sit for the CPA goes a long way, which a general MBA did not give me. In order to become eligible, I would basically need to get another Masters (I believe last time I checked I would need 6 hours short of a second Masters). It's something I've kept in the back of my mind, especially when browsing open positions. Just dragging my feet going back to school at this point :(
     
    AV_ and Gussie like this.
  28. hypermom
    Shiny_Rock

    Messages:
    383
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2013
    by hypermom » Aug 20, 2019
    I sat for the CPA exam when it only required a 4 year’s degree in accounting. Although my real dream was to teach Algebra, I wouldn’t change a thing because I met my husband in college studying accounting. It’s been a good life.
     
    AV_, kayla17, Gussie and 1 other person like this.
  29. AV_
    Ideal_Rock

    Messages:
    2,182
    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2018
    by AV_ » Aug 21, 2019
    You are the one who got away! I am certainly seeing that much of this science is not of this world, but everything is so formal & distant that one can overlook the dark side... so far.
     
    Gussie likes this.
  30. qubitasaurus
    Brilliant_Rock

    Messages:
    816
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2014
    by qubitasaurus » Aug 21, 2019
    Out of curiosity, what area do you work in?
     
    AV_ likes this.

Share This Page