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Old 07-24-2009, 12:42 PM   #41
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I can stand up and say I think a psych degree is mostly useless, and I have one. I'm surely not disagreeing with you, Nords, on that one. Not that I didn't get alot out of it.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:39 PM   #42
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Sam, I think you are picking a battle that you can not win. I can understand why you want to redirect him to where the money is, however the bottom line is it is his choice.

I think it would be a bigger disaster to convince him to do a degree that he is not really interested in. Who wants to doom someone to 40 years on the job in a field they don't like.

What I would be talking to him about would be "great you are studying psychology what do you plan to do with that degree afterwards?". Once he starts researching and is able to determine for himself that the financial rewards are not likely to fund his financial goals, maybe that will cause a shift in his thinking.
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What I would be talking to him about would be "great you are studying psychology what do you plan to do with that degree afterwards?". Once he starts researching and is able to determine for himself that the financial rewards are not likely to fund his financial goals, maybe that will cause a shift in his thinking.
Agree 100% - you can't "tell" a kid anything at this point, but you can throw out some things for them to think about (and you should - they often don't know enough to ask these questions of themselves). Then it is their decision.

Even if they don't change their mind initially, like others say, they may end up changing their major along the way, or using it as a springboard to other things. So, provide a little insight and direction, but don't try to push.

I guess I was lucky in that regard - I had some vague sense that the stuff I was interested in was also a field with decent pay. And by then, I realized the "Rock Star" thing wasn't gonna happen

DW, OTOH, went into a field that she was interested in, and became disillusioned when the work didn't really seem to be helping people as much as she dreamed, and the reality of a low wage sank in when she saw what kind of apartment she could afford... But, she used the degree as a springboard, went into a different field where the degree was enough of a "sign of commitment" to get her started, and she did OK, moving into management in that field. Things have a way of working out if you keep your eyes open and adapt.

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Even if they don't change their mind initially, like others say, they may end up changing their major along the way, or using it as a springboard to other things. So, provide a little insight and direction, but don't try to push.
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I agree 100%. It's not the end of the world, or that he will be locked into it.

Besides, no matter what is a student's major, I believe if he is at the top of his field, he can make a living.

One of my wife's nieces loved to draw, and wanted to study art. My sister-in-law tried to talk her out of it, but that was what her daughter wanted. The girl had excellent grades in all subjects in high school, but I knew she would be miserable in an engineering or a science career. Her math and science good grades came to her only because of her superhuman and disciplined efforts (in order to get a scholarship), while her artistic talent came much more naturally. I persuaded her parents to let her pursue her interests.

Well, after her graduation (6 yrs ago), the girl has been making a very comfortable living, designing greeting cards, toys, illustrations for books, etc... And she is SO happy doing what she loves.

So, Sam, does your nephew really really know what he is getting into? Does he truly have a passion for it? Is it really his calling? Point this out to him, then let him decide for himself.
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Well, after her graduation (6 yrs ago), the girl has been making a very comfortable living, designing greeting cards, toys, illustrations for books, etc... And she is SO happy doing what she loves.
Interesting - can you say a little more about this? Does she work for a large company or for herself? What part of the country?

Seemed interesting to be designing toys as well as greeting cards...

Thanx.
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She lives and works in the LA area. She has worked for a number of firms and also been doing free-lance work. I know nothing of this area of work, but think the design firms she has been with are not that big.

By the way, she mentioned that some of her friends in school had a tough time finding employment. She did help one of them out by hiring her. It's not easy in that field.
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That's why I told him to get a marketable degree with good salary prospect. Obviously, my first choice for him is engineering. Next, a BS in Science. I had never mentioned liberal arts or psychology. In fact I hinted to him that I would be very disappointed if he pursue psych or any of the LArts degree. He seemed to agree with me. And just recently I was hit by the news.
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OK, for those of you who agree with my reasoning, help me convince him to turn around. I'm out of idea. What should I say? What could I do?

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Whose life is this anyway? Leave the boy alone. He is intelligent enough to decide for himself. Not everyone wants to be, or should become, a quant.
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