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Old 10-31-2006, 08:57 AM   #41
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I was interesting in anything and everything. Ended up with BA in psychology and philosophy. What could I do but go to lawschool I really considered going to graduate school in psychology or philosophy, but I wasn't interested in counseling so I knew I would end up teaching. I was worried about job prospects, especially after a long discussion with my symbolic logic professor about the years he drove a cab.
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Re: What'd you major in?
Old 10-31-2006, 09:32 AM   #42
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BS in pure math.
Worked for 8 years in various companies, then grad school.
PhD in applied math.

I would say that it's been good for me -- since my mind turns naturally to math (like my mother, and like her father). Might have chosen applied or mathematical statistics instead for PhD, if I knew then what my jobs would be emphasizing. Also, having a statistics degree is more employable than a math degree. (I can tell you that hiring a good doctoral-level statistician isn't easy.)
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:47 AM   #43
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B.S. In Finance

Minors in: Accounting
Psychology
Mass Communication

Concentration: Risk management and insurance

If I would have stayed one more semester, I would have had 4 majors, but I thought that would have made me less employable...............
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:13 AM   #44
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BS in biochemistry - was pre-med. Decided to take one year off, got a job in pharm sales with co. car, expense account, good salary and commisions and a great girlfriend(now wife).
Never went back to school 8)
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:40 AM   #45
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Studying anthropology (and dabbling in comparative religion and history) didn't qualify me for much. So I got married and had children early. While the kids were littl'uns I took evening classes in various appealing "real world" fields...accounting, programming, technical film production(!), technical writing...ding! ding! ding! we have a winner! I rejoined the workforce as a glorified secretary copy editor/desktop publisher, and then went on to technical writing and eventually editing. I guess you could say I turned the sow's ear of my education into a (small-) silk purse of a career.
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BS in Comp sci

Started off in Chem Eng. Then I hit organic chemistry and calculus. Changed to Computer Science. I loved it and did very well. Worked for tiny companies who were always on the verge of bankcrupcy for 20 some years. Then moved to a giant networking megacorp and went out on disability. Education was very hard for me but the second best move I ever made. The first was marrying my wife.

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BBA - Finance
MBA - Finance
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BS in Business Administration
BS in Computer Information Systems and Accounting
MBA

I was 16 when I first went to college--too young to know what to do so I majored in what elders said was practical. I enjoyed my general-education classes a lot more than my business classes. I also thought afterwards that I should have specialized in some business area, so for my second BS here in the US, I went for a double major.

After working a few years, I got the MBA only to qualify for a different immigration preference-level for green-card purposes. I enjoyed the grad-school lifestyle.

Except for my first couple of jobs, I have been working as a computer programmer. I still take a class each year to keep up-to-date with "new technology", and I have also taken some graphic design (commercial art) classes. I enjoy both these types of classes now.

Edited to answer other question: I had some regrets while I was going for my first BS but stuck it through the end. I thought then that I should have gone into Biology or some other pre-med degree. Later on, I realized that I am too happy-go-lucky to be a doctor. Now, I am content and the degrees were indeed practical and got me to where I am, but my contentment doesn't preclude satisfying my interest in other areas and my continuing to take classes pertaining to them.
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Old 10-31-2006, 01:34 PM   #49
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No wonder, I feel sumwat igorant around yous folks.
I jus never finished my hier scoolin education so I aint got no stinkin degree.
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Started off doubling in Engineering Physics and Computer Science, but
the CS kept getting easier, the EP kept getting harder, and when I realized
I could graduate in 3 years (taking summer school), I switched to CS. It
served me very well, keeping me employed all but 2 weeks at 4 jobs from
1979 until 2 weeks ago, and was really the only college I needed.

I took the coursework for an MS CS (incomplete thesis), got an MBA,
and took the coursework for a PhD CS (incomplete dissertation),
but those were just for learning, and had no impact on my career.

In hindsight I picked the ideal career for myself, matching both my personality
and natural skills. Work was always incredibly easy for me - the only part
that was hard at times was dealing with the people.
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keeping me employed all but 2 weeks at 4 jobs from
1979 until 2 weeks ago, and was really the only college I needed.
Funny you should mention that. I have told myself for years that I will have some time to play and reflect the next time I am unemployed, yet I remain stubbornly fully engaged. I know I should be careful what I wish for, but i did always figure I would get a few months at some point to recharge and test out ER.
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BS - Marketing Minor - Social Skills
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BBA Management
BBA Accounting
CPA - hardest damn test I ever took.
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BS & MS in Computer Science

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BS in Zoology
MA in Education
15 years of no school
AA in Computer Programming
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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.
Oops, sorry.

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BA in Philosophy, 1 year in law school, didn't like that. I have all the credits for an MBA but gathered from 4 different grad schools while moving around with the Navy and NASA, but not the degree itself. With 368 days to go on the retirement countdown clock I guess I willn't worry about it.
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I majored in pot smoking, binge drinking and debt accumulation. I was a whiz at all three!!!!
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BS Mining Engineering - UW - Madison
Master in Computer Information Systems - University of Denver

Two years in my hometown Wisconsin county as deputy sheriff
12 years as a petroleum engineer for Megacorp oil
12 years as IT analyst and project manager for same Megacorp
6 years teaching computer science at a Christian university (current)
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I majored in pot smoking, binge drinking and debt accumulation. I was a whiz at all three!!!!
Were you that guy in the front row of my Binge Drinking 101 class? Don't bother answering. I don't remember anything from that course.
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