So, I'm starting college soon, and with money being an issue and that my parents are going to try to find a way to pay for it, I really need to start trying to decide what I want to study. There's an undecided program at my school that I'm thinking of entering, but I found a paper that showed the classes that freshmen HAVE to take, and I saw that a lot of classes that I really liked or would like to take were under the humanities catagory. People are telling me to do what I love and somehow things will work out (but for me, in some cases, thats been a lie and NOTHING worked out for me), but I'm at the point where I'm wondering is it worth following my dream with the posibility that nothing will come out of it, and spend thousands of dollars in the process, or should I be more pratical and try my hand at studying to become a nurse? (and I'm not knocking nursing at all :o).
I've been trying to find jobs that a person could qualify for with a degree in humanities, but nothing really has come up (expect for teaching)...
Does anyone on here maybe know something I could do if I got a humanities degree?
i feel ya. pretty much all my college interests could only lead back to me teaching those classes in college. i loved taking them but in the "real world" they haven't helped me.
i would suggest working towards something that you know you can do and will get you a job (nurse, secretary, etc) and taking the classes you really like on the side to fill requirements and make you happy.
the classes i loved were religions and sociologys (spellling?) mostly.
That's the hardest thing for me. I love to learn! Someone once said I was a "student of life". If I do take nursing, I'll have to go to a tech school and won't be able to keep learning the stuff I enjoy learning about
You have to go with what feels right for you. I did my degree in Sociology and i have to say i loved it - my career path has never really been directly linked to this as i work in Export now. Make sure you really research what you can get from each course before you decide - are you in the US? Do you have any kind of careers guidance service over there where you can link jobs and qualifications together? (I'm in the UK btw). You have to like/enjoy what you do, working life is a long time to be unhappy :O)
This looks pretty good - says the tests results link to jobs that suit.... http://www.careerpath.com/
I will have to say that there is a huge growing trend of students going to school for fields that they know they can get jobs in. One of my friends that I've known since she was 3 has always wanted to be a vet and she went to vet school, became a vet tech and realized there was no room for her to grow in that field so she went back to school to basically do administrative work because that's a growing field.
I was a fine arts major and a lot of my friends being fine arts majors were-- well dreamers. None of us really put any thought or care into the fact that we'd be broke and waiting tables our whole lives-- we knew that was what would end up happening.
I think one of the saddest things I've ever seen was a woman in her mid to late 30s who got her degree in communication and is rounding up on her 20th year at the job she started working at as a teenager (a job her mother also works at) and is currently living at home (she lived with her brother before). It seems like a sad waste of money to get a degree in something you love if you don't actually use it. You'll be paying off your student loans for a long time and if you aren't even going to be able to get a job doing what you want then why would you do that? It doesn't make a great deal of financial sense and the whole point of going to college is to prepare you for your future, not put you into a bigger rut.
Of course there are some degrees that you can open a lot of doors for you that most people don’t think of. A degree in English for instance can get you jobs at just about any business or law firm- people who know how to write and spell correctly are valued assets at any company. A degree in Spanish can also get you a job at a lot of work forces. As the US is being flooded with immigrants from Mexico, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming more and more of a valued asset with a lot of jobs. Some places won’t even look at a resume unless the person is bilingual.
But the truth be told you’re more likely to get a job in fields like nursing, engineering, administrative assistance, and management and the like right now as they are the most growing fields in the US.
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