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Help me argue with myself about college

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by imontie, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. imontie

    imontie Junior Member

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    Hey guys,

    There's no doubt about me going to college, it would be stupid not to. IM can be done from my dorm.

    But, i can't fucking decide on whether I want to take Business - Finance or Mechanical engineering.

    I'm just looking at it from a standpoint on job availability, salary, etc. I'm really good with numbers, math, money, science, etc. I'm not at all interested in the health field as of now. I'm torn between business and engineering.

    What do you guys think? I just want to hear from some guys that are a little older than me and my friends (I'm 18)

    How do you think the job market will be for finance graduates compared to engineering graduates? I mean I know theres always tons of possibilities with siemens, boeing, etc. for engineering, but I like traveling, money, investing, etc.
     
  2. darklegion

    darklegion Regular Member

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    Go with engineering, I have to ask a friend of mine who just graduated to find out what engineering he is doing.

    He now works for Exxon Mobile making over $100,000 / year traveling all over the world to the oil locations.

    I just think that will be a good plan to fall back on if IM doesn't work out.

    I'm personally in school for Computer Science... Hopefully, I can get around to releasing a few programs I have been working on.

    Edit: I would also like to add a few details about my friend. He took the accelerated Master program, so he graduated with a masters degree in 5 years and also maintained a 4.0 GPA... How, I have no fucking clue but he is smart as hell!
     
  3. nantaprong

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    I guess finance due to the fact that you're going to do I'm, it kinda correlates more than mechanical engineering.

    My advice is to aim high, don't aim that when you are graduated which major will give you better job, but aim for which major will make you your own boss.

    If you like traveling, money, investments, then it is finance all the way.

    Cheers
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  4. Geetfaux

    Geetfaux Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I studied business & learned a lot which related to IM..It depends if you want to be full time IM, working for yourself, doing your own thang etc..That was my choice anyway ;)
     
  5. imontie

    imontie Junior Member

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    I see what you guys are saying. I guess I'm leaning more towards Finance just because I think being a CPA or financial analyst would be pretty sick and if that doesn't work out i can always have the business mindset to help me with Internet marketing...

    I also know how to design websites and all that so theres that for me to fall back on... and I want to continue my landscaping business and my dad runs a heating and air conditioning business so I have all sorts of shit to fall back on. I'm just looking for something that I will enjoy doing in life.

    I feel like I won't be contributing my part if i'm not putting shit into the GDP, so I want to get a job for a couple years. Plus, that'll save me some 'splainin to the future girlfriend if she's like why the fuck do you sit on your ass all day!!! Until I buy her a coach purse ;)
     
  6. agente808

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    I would actually probably have voted for engineering, but....

    Since you have the luxury - DON'T just get the degree that you think would make you more money... Do the one that you will ENJOY more!

    College is a LOT easier when you really like what you are learning, and want to learn more
    (from someone who took 10 years to get through 'cause I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do ;) )
     
  7. tony-raymondo

    tony-raymondo Junior Member

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    DO NOT choose engineering.

    If you are already doing IM, why bother with engineering?

    The thing is, you can get mechanical engineers for so cheap these days. Just look around getafreelancer.com

    I was an computer science major - switched to psychology half way through. neither of them helped me in my life really.

    If you like IM and are making money, i would say don't go to school. If you really want to go to school, do Business or finance - i think a LOT of those classes will overlap, so its not entierly extremely important which one you choose. If you must choose one of those, i would say go to the university and talk to people in both departments for a couple days and then choose the one you feel happiest with.

    but before you choose engineering, stroll over and browse some of the jobs

    http://www.getafreelancer.com/projects/by-job/Electrical-Engineering.html

    and ask yourself if you would really be happy doing that.

    I am a CAD master user and have worked in a lot of enginnering offices. Do you want to work with a lot of borring fat dorks who hate their wives? lol

    I wouldnt suggest being an enginner unless you relaly have a deep love for it.
     
  8. JasonG

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    well, I am not sure between the two... honestly I would do engineering, just because I couldn't handle stuck up business men... OR... you could be a teacher like me :) haha, summers off... not a bad gig... I guess you kinda have to enjoy children.... OR better yet, go to college, take the classes, and then just turn around a be a college prof... even easier schedule than a public school... I dunno... having summers off gives me ample time to work on IM while still having a stable full time income...
     
  9. jargle

    jargle Newbie

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    I'm planning on going to asu next semester for bus entrepreneurship
     
  10. imontie

    imontie Junior Member

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    Nice that's a good school to go to.




    for studying alcohol and girls ;)
     
  11. yack09

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    Personally i wouldn't give a damn about direction. YOu are 18. By the end of college you'll realize that college won't give you job. I know people that searched for 1,5 years after graduating to find a job that they ware tought and they end up in european equivalent of walmart.

    I dont like to advise. I will tell you what i do. I study whats easier for me, and i look for my business as a job.

    Se ya in 5 years.
     
  12. imontie

    imontie Junior Member

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    I'm not going to college to get a job, i'm going to college to get an education, social skills, and have a great time. I don't care about a job I have the ability to hustle money up whenever I need it through means of business.
     
  13. Peepers

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    Follow your dreams. I'm doing Computer Science, Marketing *grins* It just makes since as an IM. I want to continue to produce music, so I'd like to combine the industries since they work well together.

    Business and technology + IM = good results if you work hard. 70k+per year or more easy.. But that's based on those things that I like to do. Always do those things you enjoy doing, or you'll get burnt out and find yourself changing careers in 10 years. You don't want that. Pick what you LOVE and devote your heart to it. Take care -Peepers
     
  14. sharpie349

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    I am in the same situation as you I am choosing between Computer Enginnering or Computer Science or something to do with business but I cant decide. Its tough I just built my own PC and I enjoyed it but not sure if Computer Science is better.
     
  15. Lukedell

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    I'd go the finance route - Wall St
     
  16. farfetchedmoney

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    If you have the ability to hustle up money then why would you go to college? Engineering is for people who want a job. A business degree is just to say you got a degree. You probably should get an accounting degree with a minor in finance.
     
  17. Griffin

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    Double-majoring is so worth it. Try Marketing (or Psychology) and Finance. The biz mindset will help you more than engineering will. I know lots of engineers, and none of them stayed in engineering. One actually gave up engineering for truck driving, it's just that low-paying and mind-numbingly boring.
     
  18. Griffin

    Griffin Regular Member

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    PS: CLEP out of anything you can. If you want to do some serious CLEPing, you can actually cut out your first two years of undergrad. Getting an AA/AS at a school like Thomas Edison and then moving to another school is a good move. Cuts down on time/money invested in classes that you may not like anyway.

    http://degreeinfo.com/
    http://bain4weeks.com/ (basic concept)

    College is crazy fun though :D
     
  19. farfetchedmoney

    farfetchedmoney Regular Member

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    good idea if he just want a degree real quick thats what I had in mind for myself at one time. What alot of people don't no is even at traditional schools they have these test out programs. I remember chatting with admin at a university and they ain't no what I was talking about in their own department!
     
  20. cbar126

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    I am en engineer, 39 years and lived in several countries. My advice, go Business and study as a hobby . For money do IM, your career will not guarantee anything, companies has became less dependable. I traveled and have lots of fun when I had my own business. I am trying to get back to that now, through IM.
    Couple Tips, learn how to repair your pc first. It will give you lots of bucks and friends in school. Master blogging. Good luck!