S/O Would you go back and change your college major if you could?

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

Laurenplusalex:  I work in health care(US), and I would absolutely go back and do something else if I could. I’m going to further my degree instead. I feel like I need it for job security.

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a BS in equine science and a minor in French and business. I would never change my equine science, because it has gotten me into the exact job I wanted.

but I would have double majored in business instead of doing just the minor and French. It would have been a better use of my time and I may feel more confident about my business skills/have a fallback.

 

i would also have taken the time to gain residency in the state of My school. paying out of state tuition for the same education someone else is getting for thousands cheaper is so rediculous!! 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Kind of, but I am still ok with where I am going. I am working on finishing my BS in SpEd and wish I would have changed to a BSW, but I am too far along now to change. I just don’t want to be a teacher anymore in the school district I live in. I am going straight into getting my MSW once I am finished. I considered going for an MFT, that was my original plan. Then I found out there are so many more career options with an MSW and I can still open a private office for counseling.  

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Laurenplusalex:  oh yes! I got a BA in Religious Studies at a private liberal-arts womens only college. While I loved the college experience, I could have gotten a free ride to a state school and really regret not taking advantage of that… Now I’m $30K+ in debt and have a fairly useless degree… Would have gone to a state school and studied something that would have had a pretty solid job base for my future (vet science, teaching, management, accounting, etc… )

I know at some point I am going to have to go back to school to get a degree I can actually use, and what really sucks is I can do that for less than half the price & time of the degree I have now =(   DH also went to a private liberal-arts school & majored in psychology so we’re both useless degree holders (psych ba was great in the 90’s when he graduated but now you pretty much need at least an MS to get a decent job in the field)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Hell yes. I got a BFA in graphic design, minors in art history and East Asian languages and cultures. If I could do it all again I’d go straight for a masters or MD in occupational therapy or as a physician’s assistant.

I’m trying to get into nursing school this fall to start next year. I love the healthcare field but can’t afford the time or money it takes to get a higher degree at this point.

Still, my first bachelor’s got me several jobs and took me many places, so I can’t complain too much.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Nope, I love what I picked to study! I got my undergrad in Biomedical Engineering and absolutely love my field!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Nope. I double majored in business and psych-have always been interested in both, and I’m in my ideal career.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

Yes & No.

No because I’m passionate about my field (Criminal Justice) & I’m actually working in a career job (although not in the actual job I want & would like to retire from).

Yes because in CJ, a lot of positions are based on budgets (Federal, State, Local jobs). I came out of college as everything was crashing (worked outside of my field for the first few years). It was very hard to find jobs, since so many layoffs were happening in the field. Now many of the jobs in CJ that are starting to become available pay at a much lower rate.

If I could go back and do it over again, I would have picked a college major with some concrete skills (Accounting, Nursing, ect).

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely wouldn’t have changed my major. I was an animation major, and I am doing animation as my job/profession.<br /><br />I would, however, have changed schools had I known about some others in existence before then. 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Maybe.  There’s nothing I’m actually really passionate about, work is just a means to make money to me.  So while I make a pretty good living as an engineer, I’ll never be *rich*.   It seems that business/management majors have less of a salary cap than engineers and have higher pay increases so maybe I would have gone that route.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

BeckyS0:  Seven Sisters?

 

I would go back and major in linguistics rather than history, but I think even with that degree I’d have ended up being a literacy coach.  

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

pinkshoes:  Whhaaat?  They were saying on the news today that engineers are the heads of, like, “the majority” of Fortune 500 companies.  I think Bill Nye the Science Guy actually said it, so it’s obviously true.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Gallaher Mansion, CT

I have a bachelors in psych and will have my msw in 2 semesters. Only thing i would change is getting a bachelors in social work instead. My masters program would have been 1 year instead of 2

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

peachacid:  I think it takes a lot longer to move up though with an engineering background.  It’s definitely a versatile degree to have, and know there’s potential to get into management especially in an engineering company if you expose yourself to that type of work and go back for mba.  That’s why the *maybe*, I’m 50/50 on it even knowing what I know now.

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