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Old 10-31-2006, 04:43 AM   #21
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Business. I have an Associate Degree only. Proud I finished though.
Took me 10 years.

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My plan was to become a psychiatrist. I actually am a psychiatrist but most of my work now is sleep medicine where my electrical engineering experience is very handy.
Shock therapy?

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BSc in Chemistry.

Entire working life in various IT jobs, currently security. ER in 07 after 34 years.
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BS Business - did it on a 80/20 company reimbursement. Ended up in computers but it sure helps to understand how the business works.
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Started out in chemistry but missed most of the first few weeks of calculus and got back in the nick of time for a test (I was a real mature freshman). Dropped out of chem and switched to psychology. Interned for a year in a state mental hospital where I did well but learned that I wanted nothing to do with clinical pysch. The degree was about as relevant as any liberal arts degree to my 20 year career in HR. When I made a mid-career change to IT I had to do a ton of self education to bring myself up to speed.
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:27 AM   #26
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AAS and BS in Criminal Justice. I was just short of a minor in business management by 6 credits, but when I finished the CJ degree I received a $50 per month pay raise. : My student loan was $52 per month.

Both of the degrees are worthless, the theories don't translate to the street, and none of the communication skills are used on the street. The only time those skills are used is in court. When talking to people, I find I have to dumb down my language to be understood. If I had to do it over, I'd probably major in some type of business discipline.
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Funny, when I go to the doctor I still sometimes wonder if this was one of those guys that memorized his way through O Chem and never really understood P Chem. Maybe they were the ones that didn't get into Med School.

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Check. Memorized my way through O Chem (got 2 B's), but took Quantative Analysis in lieu of P.Chem, and didn't get into Med school. I'm glad i didn't too, because I dont think i wouldn't have liked my life as a doctor (and during med school) as much as i do as a Biologist working for the Federal government.
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Accounting. I guess it worked out ok.
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BS in Math
MS in Computer Science
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BA in Economics/History
MBA in Accounting/Finance

The CFA material (at least levels I & II) was heavily redundant with the MBA, but I figured the letters after my name were worth the trouble.
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:07 AM   #31
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BS Civil Engineering w/ Transportation Engineering concentration
BA Spanish Language and Literature

Both from North Carolina State University. Took me 3 years to get both due to tons of AP credits and "credit by exam" for a class or two and taking a few easy courses during high school (you know, calculus III, differential equations, thermodynamics and intro to electrical engineering : ).

Figured I was pretty clever and got a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Figured I'd make a good attorney. Wrong! After a few summers of unenjoyable legal work during school, I figured engineering would be infinitely more interesting.

Well, after a few years on the job in engineering, I'd say things worked out pretty well. The legal education helped me get a grasp on how the "real world" works, and occasionally comes in handy at work.

Spanish Degree? It broadened my horizons, but the biggest benefit is being able to understand spanish at level approaching fluency.

Would I change things if I could? I'd probably get a master's in engineering in 1-2 years instead of a law degree in 3 years for professional reasons. Plus the loans and foregone earnings during law school definitely set me back a couple of years from my FIRE goals (now it'll be mid thirties when I FIRE instead of early 30's ).
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BS Math back when schooling was cheap. Entire working life has been in software.
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BA in English Literature. Worked as an Industrial Engineer, Court Reporter, Supervisor and Application Developer before ERing. I think I may have missed a few career changes, but it is all moot now.
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Sounds as if this should be a poll.

Major - Finance & Accounting - Good Major - Yes and no -

Provided me with a financially rewarding career but not an intrinsicly rewarding

If there were computers with MS Word functionality I may have gone into another career - I can't spell; typing was a workout on manual typewritters; corrections difficult and I have terriable handwritting.

But more than the major chosen I think a good mentor giving good advise is more valuable than the actual university degree. With most any degree and field you can find a niche that would be rewarding.

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BBA. Got it by going to night school, after I had 3 kids. I began an MBA, got 18 hours, but the military moved me, and only 6 of the hours would transfer to another MBA program. By then I was tired of school.

BTW, I started out taking English in Europe from the University of Maryland. Had about 30 hours there, came to Texas and decided to go into the business program. I do wish I had stayed in English. I suspect I'd have been much happier.
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AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology - Jefferson CC, Louisville
BS in Business Administration - UT Dallas


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Old 10-31-2006, 08:25 AM   #37
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I started out thinking I wanted to major in phys ed and coach. I ended up majoring in English upon discovering that my high school English teachers had a good program going and I was able to turn out papers without the agony of many of my jock buddies. Law school came after a few years of teaching. I took some "fun" courses on Saturdays once in awhile and thought that when I ER'd from trial work, I might do grad work in anthropology. Scared off by the number of years a Phd. would take, I am now working on an MFA in creative writing.
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Took Business Admin, Majored in Marketing.
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Started off in pre-med and switched to chemistry. Took as many electives as possible in business and really enjoyed them. Ended up working in the chemistry field for a couple of years and then switching careers to computer sales with Megacorp and loved it. This was in the late 70's and 80's and the income was great and the industry was booming. It was really fun! Saved and invested those great commissions in the market, which allowed us to be FI and then left the business to stay home with my kids. Took all the coursework for a CFP so I could do a better job of investing and advising family on financial planning. Never wanted to be a practicing financial planner, just know enough to help the family...
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BS in Electrical Engineering
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
both from UT

Turned out to be a very enjoyable career choice for me - I was well suited to product design. In college there were so few of us ladies in engineering we got way more attention than we wanted! Fortunately it was mostly positive attention.

Unlike Brat, late 70s early 80s was a GREAT time to be a woman entering these hard science/engineering fields. But I had a girlfriend who had tried in the 60s and literally could not get hired due to her sex.

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