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#11 Gonegone

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Posted December 09 2013 - 06:10 PM

she's right. you can spend an extra year specializing in something else. double major or get a double bachelor.

be prepared for the journey. harvard has a clinic called "the happiness clinic" which measures just that - happiness. they found something like 5% of people choose a career for life, while the rest of us switch an average of 3-4x in our lifetime. the 5% is made up of those who are typically more regimented while the opposite is more creative and risk taking. its perfectly ok to switch gears and paths in your lifetime so don't put too much pressure on yourself. for this reason, choosing a more broad path of study is helpful because you won't be pigeon held to one specific occupation in the job market. in fact, the process of figuring out what you want to do is organic and…ahem..a process. this means you will need to take steps to confidently decide what to do. research careers, apply to work studies, intern, see if you like it or not and whether its a realistic path to achieve even more longterm goals.

also, I will say that its entirely what you make of it. you will need to apply yourself once you graduate and be innovative with your career path to set yourself apart from the competition. the job market still isn't that great. more and more, employers are requiring 1-2 years of work experience from graduates. the expectation is higher because the job pool is smaller, and employers know this. again, interning is a great way to get course credit and time on your resume.



Please disregard my post and listen to this advice from Happilyinlove and from Dixie_pixie. They make a lot more sense.

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Posted December 09 2013 - 06:11 PM

Lol thanks :)

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Posted December 09 2013 - 06:12 PM

I think college degrees are a joke, really. Getting ahead in this system by paying vast amounts of money/getting into perpetual debt to be told what to think doesn't really appeal to me. But I guess it's necessary to have a "good job" and make "lots of money." Or simply enough money to live comfortably off of... for most people.

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Posted December 09 2013 - 08:08 PM

I enjoyed the education itself, some people don't care about knowledge and just go to college because it's what's expected to live in a rich society. I did it because yes I want a rewarding career, not a lot of money, just something I can say I worked for and spent my life developing. A degree is only the first step in a process.

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Posted December 09 2013 - 08:30 PM

I got a college degree for my own personal reasons, just to get one so to speak. And I don't regret it one bit.

I work with my hands and get dirty at work but I will never ever consider an education a waste.
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Posted December 09 2013 - 09:43 PM

If you want a college degree so you can claim higher wages, there are many free online courses and textbooks by top universities

http://www.bbc.co.uk...siness-18191589

http://www.bbc.co.uk...cation-17012968

http://www.opencultu...eeonlinecourses

https://tagteam.harv...eed_items/41183

Harvard And MIT Create EdX To Offer Free University Courses To The World (VIDEO) http://huff.to/LBucd3

http://www.pinterest...online-classes/

http://www.insidehig...ource-textbooks

free college textbooks online:
"]Free College Textbooks Online (September 2013) (PDF/iOS) - YouTube

OR you can save money by living at home and taking basic community college courses then transfer to a university later (check first to make sure the university will accept ALL your credits)

but there is money to be made in blue-collar work..in fact statistically, people living below their means are more likely to be millionaires than flashy doctors and lawyers with high living costs; a likely millionaire can be an unassuming neighbor with a string of mechanic shops, hardware stores, etc.

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I have a Masters in English and have taught at universities, high schools, language schools, and am currently teaching online for a US community college while teaching at a school in Thailand, but those jobs just pay the bills. If I want to be financially independent I could gather my courage and start licensing my many inventions. Getting something licensed and the company aggressively marketing and making a profit is a big gamble, but the future payoff could make me plenty...possibly. But the ideas keep coming, and I keep testing prototypes, writing up provisional patents, researching companies, making videos, but so far have been too afraid to start the stop watch on my 10 month window to get a licensing company to agree to pay the patenting costs, or I have to pay myself. I've been making excuses for years, while using my inventions, improving them, making more..had two great ideas yesterday I plan to test ASAP. All the prototypes work, no matter what version, so deciding on a patent description and drawing has been torturous for me. Everytime I've had something ready, I've rebuilt it better and then redo the drawings. I must STOP and just do it already.

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Posted December 10 2013 - 06:10 AM

But there's no real degree after those programs. It's a waste of time unless you are purely doing it for knowledge sake.

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Posted December 10 2013 - 06:28 AM

I'm thinking a university environment could be the perfect venue for a profitable 420 gro and sell op. Higher education still has it's positive aspects.

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Posted December 10 2013 - 06:51 AM

I think college degrees are a joke, really. Getting ahead in this system by paying vast amounts of money/getting into perpetual debt to be told what to think doesn't really appeal to me. But I guess it's necessary to have a "good job" and make "lots of money." Or simply enough money to live comfortably off of... for most people.


Aren't you in college right now?

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Posted December 10 2013 - 06:54 AM

I was taking classes and then there was an illiterate person in one of them. That degree would be worthless and it was Ashford too, a supposedly "all the bells and whistles" school. Now, I have a debt, some credits from a school that can't be respected and thinking I'd be better off and happier in life opening a ski shop. You have to really scrutinize, because people with degrees are tending bar on bourbo street to pay for loans. So not only does the school matter but the job market and trends. A lot of the current college thing is primarily about getting big bucks out of the gov, not the best in education. "Buyer Beware" is the best thing I can say besides think about a ski shop.