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Old 04-17-2012, 10:50 PM   #31
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What % are these people out of all the people that majored in psychology?

This is a really poor argument. What % of people who majored in engineering revolutionized the field and created the knowledge you learned in school?

I'm sure eventually you will just attempt to brag about how much money you make out of college. I don't get how you are completely incapable of understanding that not everyone will enjoy the path you have taken in life.

And I'm sure there is an enormous amount of knowledge still unknown in psychology. I'm not well-read in psychology and neither are you. The difference is that I'm not going to assume it is all "common sense" because I read some introductory texts.

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:51 PM   #32
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I've seen many who go towards a path that others call 'the best' but just wasn't really meant for them. Do you want to know what happens to those students? I think you know.

And how many Psych, Sociology, History and Art majors are now working at fcking Starbucks?

You need to think of college as an investment. Spending 4 years and 25-50k for one of the aforementioned degrees is a waste of time and money.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:53 PM   #33
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lol

This guy may be mocking me.

I'm not mocking, I agree with you 100%.

The job market ain't puppies and rainbows anymore. You need to have marketable skills.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:53 PM   #34
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And how many Psych, Sociology, History and Art majors are now working at fcking Starbucks?

You need to think of college as an investment. Spending 4 years and 25-50k for one of the aforementioned degrees is a waste of time and money.
All the ones who weren't truly interested or good at in psychology and sociology. Let me slightly refine my statement:

Major in what you think/are the best at and what interests you the most. Those should be the top 2 factors in deciding your major. After that it is what is 'considered' best by all these studies/other people.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:54 PM   #35
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This is bad advice.

Take it from someone who graduated last December and still can't get a job with an Econ degree and a 3.3 GPA.

If I could go back and do it all over, I'd major in Petroleum Engineering, study my ass off and get as close to a 4.0 as I could and probably have a 6 figure job lined up after I graduate.
Maybe you just sucked at econ if 3.3 was what you could pull off despite supposedly being highly 'interested' in it.


Major in what you will do the best at relative to your peers. If you are the top at what you do, you will get jobs for sure no matter what major you picked. And doing what you are the best at usually is correlated with being interested in the topic as well.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #36
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Maybe you just sucked at econ if 3.3 was what you could pull off despite supposedly being highly 'interested' in it.


Major in what you will do the best at relative to your peers. If you are the top at what you do, you will get jobs for sure no matter what major you picked. And doing what you are the best at usually is correlated with being interested in the topic as well.

I got a 3.3 because I didn't try as hard as I should have, and I regret it every day.

My dad is buddies with a recruiter who places people in all kinds of insurance related jobs. Brokering, risk management, insurance carriers, etc. He says every job he posts gets back 200-300 applications.

I don't know if you're an older dude or something, but it's tough out there these days. Telling this kid to major in basket weaving because "he enjoys it" is terrible advice.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:58 PM   #37
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Maybe you just sucked at econ if 3.3 was what you could pull off despite supposedly being highly 'interested' in it.


Major in what you will do the best at relative to your peers. If you are the top at what you do, you will get jobs for sure no matter what major you picked. And doing what you are the best at usually is correlated with being interested in the topic as well.

Economics actually ranks as the highest starting salary for undergrad business majors and it provides highly marketable skills.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:58 PM   #38
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I'll leave this as a small guide on choosing your major, ordered by importance:


1. Major in what you will do the best at relative to your peers

2. Major in what you are the most interested in

3. Major in what other people say is good to major in



1 & 2 are often correlated. So if you don't know the answer to #1, go to #2. And if somethings are #1 and #2, weight them properly. If #1 and #2 don't give any answers for you, only then go to #3.

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:59 PM   #39
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This is a really poor argument. What % of people who majored in engineering revolutionized the field and created the knowledge you learned in school?

I'm sure eventually you will just attempt to brag about how much money you make out of college. I don't get how you are completely incapable of understanding that not everyone will enjoy the path you have taken in life.

And I'm sure there is an enormous amount of knowledge still unknown in psychology. I'm not well-read in psychology and neither are you. The difference is that I'm not going to assume it is all "common sense" because I read some introductory texts.

And you're counter argument is pretty poor as well. They're are engineers out there every day who control the day-to-day operations of thousands of companies just so you can do certain things. There's a reason why technical majors are the most hired today. There's a reason why today's problems require technical expertise and not psychology expertise (social and cultural issues). They just don't have as much of a place today as they did in the past.

Irregardless there isn't as much of a job market out there outside of being a professor and maybe HR (who are rather annoying and think they can manage peoples employees better than they can and make more out of situations than there really is to make themselves feel important).

All I know is, I'm not paying any money towards my child's college education if they're going to study psychology. It's a BAD investment. I'm going to pay thousands of dollars to read a bunch of books on why people do certain things when you can learn this on your own time?
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:04 PM   #40
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All I know is, I'm not paying any money towards my child's college education if they're going to study psychology. It's a BAD investment. I'm going to pay thousands of dollars to read a bunch of books on why people do certain things when you can learn this on your own time?


So you are suggesting to do an engineering major (who tend to have no time to do other things) and read a bunch of books and learn on psychology on their own Those foolish colleges, why do they even teach multiple years of classes on just psychology? When an engineer can learn psychology in the midst of his busy course work.


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Old 04-17-2012, 11:05 PM   #41
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And you're counter argument is pretty poor as well. They're are engineers out there every day who control the day-to-day operations of thousands of companies just so you can do certain things. There's a reason why technical majors are the most hired today. There's a reason why today's problems require technical expertise and not psychology expertise (social and cultural issues). They just don't have as much of a place.

Irregardless there isn't as much of a job market out there outside of being a professor and maybe HR (who are rather annoying and think they can manage peoples employees better than they can and make more out of situations than there really is to make themselves feel important).

All I know is, I'm not paying any money towards my child's college education if they're going to study psychology. It's a BAD investment. I'm going to pay thousands of dollars to read a bunch of books on why people do certain things when you can learn this on your own time?

I never denied the importance of technical majors and their marketability. The numbers show that engineering majors make the most out of undergrad because they provide extremely valuable skills. That's awesome for you and others that want to be engineers or something equivalent.

Psychology isn't as financially viable but that doesn't mean that people who take it seriously and are good at it can't suceed with that degree. There are likely many more career options for people with a degree in psychology that neither of us know about. It isn't a cut an dry scenario.

I couldn't imagine doing something I didn't love as a career just because I'm desperate for financial security. That's just me tho.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:16 PM   #42
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Fine with me dude. I just have a problem with people expecting a job with whatever degree they get without doing research on the employment % of students studying their major at their school and the average salary of those employed. "OMG eff the economy..." Sorry, you're just not marketable.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:19 PM   #43
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Psychology major is kind of pointless unless you plan on going to grad school. I didn't pick it despite having a strong interest in psychology because the bachelor's of a psych degree is useless and also because it is an incredibly crowded field. I wanted to get a degree where it would have some use after 4 years instead of continuing to do absolutely nothing with my life.

There is a reason why a lot of athletes and party people take and major in psych.
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Keep debating I've learned from it. Ill find out the employment rate.
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Look kid, you can do fine with it.

Just make sure you do good internships and work experience in undergrad. It will make your resume look good when you graduate and you shouldnt have a problem getting jobs. That goes for pretty much any major as long as its not super fluff.
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