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Old 12-06-2016, 05:39 AM   #61
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Originally Posted by 20inTN View Post
Hi everyone, Im wanting to go to college to get a degree but I really have no clue which degree to get.... Im looking for a degree that will lead to a career that pays good, is good for a really shy person, and that is at least somewhat interesting to me. Also I want something that will be easy to find a job in. I would hate to pay all that money and give up all that family time and not even be able to find a better job.
Hello OP!

You may want to revise your approach. Rather than trying to choose a major and then worry about whether a good career path will result, you would do better to research specific occupations and only then start zeroing in on specifically what education is required for those jobs.

A few further comments:

1) although there is a lot of societal pressure to graduate from college, the fact remains that many (most?) jobs do not require a degree. E.g., you certainly don't require any degree to advance from welder to welding inspector.

2) post-secondary education has become a huge industry, and colleges are (over)selling a product. Many of them misrepresent statistics about their graduates' employment ("92% are employed within three months of graduation": sure, but are they doing anything related to their degrees? Are their post-graduation incomes significantly higher than their pre-graduation incomes?), and exaggerate the job opportunities in specific fields.

3) I don't think being a teacher would be a great fit for you. If you didn't try hard in high school, it was probably because you were bored ... being at the front of the classroom will not be significantly more interesting. And to some extent teachers are required to entertain, which would be difficult for an extreme introvert.

4) People with degrees in "business administration", "commerce", "management", "finance", etc. are a dime a dozen these days. It is not a specific qualification and certainly does not guarantee high paying, or indeed any, employment.

"To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive". Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage (1878)
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