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    04-30-2012, 01:39 AM
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Choosing a college to transfer to? Any thoughts/help?

I'm about to finally finish up my last term at community college and get an Associates of General Studies (lame, I know, lol) but that means I probably should buck up and figure out what I'm going to do with my life since you can't just get a "General Studies" Bachelors.

I'm thinking that I might be interested in getting a History degree. History is the only thing, besides horses, that gets my attention and keeps it. I've taken every history class my current school offers and have gotten A's in every one of those classes.
I would get an Equine related degree but I think, long term, a degree in History might get me farther. I could still do everything I want to do with horses with a History degree but it's less likely that I could do history-related stuff with a horsey degree.

I have two colleges I'm considering: a public college with an ok-mediocre history program and a private college with an outstanding program.
The public college estimates a tuition of about $6,000 a year while the private college estimates a tuition of about $20,000 a year.

Personally, I have a lot of good friends who go to the private college and the private college's history program focuses on areas of study I'm extremely interested in (it's a "bible college" so the history part includes a lot of Christian history as well as general history, and Christian history is something that totally fascinates me). I feel like I could possibly do better at this college, just based on friends and having a real interest in the teaching material. It's also a much smaller community (5,000+ students) and I have a tendency to do better when I feel like I'm part of "something" and not just part of the crowd...

The public college, I have a few friends that go there but the college is so large (30,000+ students) that I would be unlikely to see them as a matter of course. The history program sounds less fascinating, just your average history, but to the tune of $15,000 cheaper, maybe I should just settle for something less fantastic?

I would really prefer to go to the private school and I will be getting good financial aid (large grants, $8,000+ish for the year if I go to a school with tuition that high) this year so maybe I should just do that?
I need to talk to my parents about it still, but what do you guys think?

I'm thinking it might be better to get a degree in something and still be loving it by the time you get the degree, even if I come out owing more money, vs going to a school that discourages you about your degree and you end up disliking something you previously loved?

I have some time to decide, thankfully, but I wish the answer was 100% obvious! Don't we all, I guess.

Thanks for taking the time to read all that! :)
     
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    04-30-2012, 02:04 AM
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Green Broke
"Getting your attention" doesnt cut it.

Ok time for some tough love, stop wasting your time, effort and money. Christian History ? Buy a book and read about it.

Have you been watching the news lately ? Heard all the reports of all the college grads deep in debt with no job ? DO you know why they are in that situation? Because they took worthless classes on things that "Got their attention"

You are going to college to get some marketable skills so you can get a job and earn a living, not to study a hobby. You need to look at your abilities, and look at actual jobs that are available that pay a decent wage you would be happy with. Also look at the job demand in an area you can deal with living in. Forget all that true calling peace and love hippy stuff. Spend the next two years being realistic, get a degree and experience in something someone is actually willing to pay you for. Or you will be joining the ranks of the unemployed highly educated in non marketable fields.
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    04-30-2012, 02:26 AM
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What do you suggest then?
I'm really up a creek as to what to get a degree in at all and you can't apply as a transfer to a college without choosing a program of study....

I know what you mean and I certainly don't want to be one of those people, totally in debt with no job. If I had my way, I wouldn't be getting a BA at all after I finish my Associates because of the way the current college graduate thing is. However, I can't get a job doing anything now (I've even applied and interviewed at fast food joints but I'm "not qualified" to work there...I even got a friend to submit my resume at her fast food job when she had to give her 30 days notice but they weren't interested in me because all my previous jobs have been animal related) and getting a BA of some kind is better than just sitting at home, I'd think.

Personally, I know quite a few people with degrees from bible colleges, in all different things, and ALL of them have good jobs. The people I know who graduated from public colleges, not so much. That's probably skewed since most of my friends are private college kids, but I do have a number of friends in the public college system.


Anyway, what do you suggest as a "good" degree?
My parents think I should get a degree in Wildlife Biology. Now there's a field that's going to leave me highly educated and jobless!
And here I thought History was a good one because there are so many different ways a history degree can go. Huh.
     
    04-30-2012, 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
You are going to college to get some marketable skills so you can get a job and earn a living, not to study a hobby. You need to look at your abilities, and look at actual jobs that are available that pay a decent wage you would be happy with. Also look at the job demand in an area you can deal with living in. Forget all that true calling peace and love hippy stuff. Spend the next two years being realistic, get a degree and experience in something someone is actually willing to pay you for. Or you will be joining the ranks of the unemployed highly educated in non marketable fields.
I agree with him, Wallaby.

I would love nothing more than to go to college to become much more knowledgeable in horses.. my friend is going to an amazing college where riding is part of her semester grade!! Sign me up!!

However unfortunately the world is in demand for IT people, and since that is where the jobs are that is what I am getting my BA in. Do I love it? Not really.. I much rather play with MS office applications and be a general secretary but this degree will open a lot of doors so I can support myself and most importantly my horse, Sky.

Maybe then I'll have enough to pursue my real dream. Till then I'm going to school for success of future jobs.

I have a friend that just got a degree in arts/history and there isn't much out there.

Maybe what you could do, is have a major and a minor in your degree. That way you could incorporate history in there and have something else that has availability of jobs at the ready too.

Just some food for thought.
     
    04-30-2012, 03:29 AM
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Green Broke
IT, medical, transportation, utilities, engineering, chemistry, look at the department of labor jobs outlook for the future. Look at the types of jobs, then look at the education required. So many kids do it backwards. They screw around with the education, THEN try to figure out a job. You figure out the job fields first, Is there a demand ? Is it a decent carreer? Doe it fit me ?

As a hiring person, I would never look at someones resume if they gave it to their friend. That's like bringing a friend to a job interview. You are finding out now what I am talking about with the general studies thing. If you had been told this two years ago and got a good marketable skill from that community college, employers would be coming to you now. But it isnt too late.
     
    04-30-2012, 12:41 PM
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Wallaby, I'd go for education that is required on market, and you can easily find a job when you are done. Unfortunately History is not one of those. If you love it so much you can always get a degree in history later on in life just for your own pleasure.
     
    04-30-2012, 10:52 PM
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Weanling
If you are undecided I was always told go towards business until you decided. More places will hire an business degree, but I was told this but hiring mangers and college advisers.
     
    05-01-2012, 05:53 AM
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This is a bit of an odd time for career planning by college students. The baby boom generation is now reaching retirement age, which means two things...first there will be tons of job expansion in careers that serve senior citizens, such as the medical field, and second as the boomers retire it should open up lots of jobs across the board. Many boomers are delaying retirement due to low interest rates and the recession, however they will only delay it so long. There is every reason to believe within the next 10 years we will reach zero unemployment (generally defined as 4% unemployment). One thing you can be certain of - when the recession eases and interest rates, which are being held down artificially by the fed and our horrible deficit, begin to increase, you will see an unprecedented jump in retirements and jobs will be opening up all over the place...
     
    05-01-2012, 06:57 AM
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So what's the bottom line then? How does this relate to the original question?

(I feel like a teacher ahaha)

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Originally Posted by Faceman    
This is a bit of an odd time for career planning by college students. The baby boom generation is now reaching retirement age, which means two things...first there will be tons of job expansion in careers that serve senior citizens, such as the medical field, and second as the boomers retire it should open up lots of jobs across the board. Many boomers are delaying retirement due to low interest rates and the recession, however they will only delay it so long. There is every reason to believe within the next 10 years we will reach zero unemployment (generally defined as 4% unemployment). One thing you can be certain of - when the recession eases and interest rates, which are being held down artificially by the fed and our horrible deficit, begin to increase, you will see an unprecedented jump in retirements and jobs will be opening up all over the place...
     
    05-01-2012, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
So what's the bottom line then? How does this relate to the original question?

(I feel like a teacher ahaha)
Well duh...the original question was what college and what major would be most appropriate - did you read her first sentence? I was merely pointing out that the job market is going to change dramatically over the next 10 years. One of the most common mistakes college students make is designing their education based upon today's job market needs rather than looking to the future needs. I have seen time and time again with just about all disciplines where there was a big demand causing students to major in a particular field only to graduate and find that the 2 or 3 classes ahead of them filled the demand and they were stuck with a degree in a field with little or no demand. A student with 2 or 3 years to go shouldn't be looking at today's market, but what the market will be 2 or 3 or 4 years from now...
     

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