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post #41 of 51 Old 01-23-2013, 05:43 PM
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The Business type studies will give you a much better chance of a job than a piece of paper saying you know how to ride and look after equines Its not like you're giving up altogether
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post #42 of 51 Old 02-20-2013, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Well its official. I will be changing my major to Business Marketing. I will have to stay an extra year, but I don't mind. Without the barn I will be able to get a part time job, which will be much more beneficial than riding horses.
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post #43 of 51 Old 02-21-2013, 07:50 AM
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Well its official. I will be changing my major to Business Marketing. I will have to stay an extra year, but I don't mind. Without the barn I will be able to get a part time job, which will be much more beneficial than riding horses.
Good for you! Hmmm. I might be hitting you up for a job in a few years.
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post #44 of 51 Old 02-21-2013, 09:06 AM
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Good luck - I think when you are older you will appreciate just how good it is to have a job in a nice warm/cool office with all the conveniences that go with it. Civilised working hours and your clients (hopefuly) not trying to kick you, bite you. Or throw you on the floor!!!
Plus you will stand to make a lot more money for a lot less effort and if you do your best you can afford to buy your own horses and do what you like with them
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post #45 of 51 Old 02-22-2013, 10:11 PM
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I didn't read through the whole thread, so this may have already been suggested. Why can't you do both? Skip one semester of school, get up to speed at a dealership, and then finish your degree over a few extra semesters instead of going full time. The best thing about sales jobs is they are flexible. They are great for people who are working their way through school. Take as much time off school without triggering having to pay back your loans, and keep taking enough credits to prevent them from coming due until you've earned your degree. 150K is massive debt especially in this economy, but you'r only one year from being done. Just because you didn't get the degree in 4 straight years doesn't take anything from the fact that you got it. Many students earn their degrees while working full or part time. You won't go to sleep with a pit in your stomach if you have a source of income.

By the way, if you loans are federal and not private, I believe there is a new law that says you only have to pay them back on a scale of what you can actually afford to pay. You'd have to look more into that, but I've heard the rules of paying those back have changed quite a bit from when I was in school a lifetime ago.

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post #46 of 51 Old 03-01-2013, 12:25 PM
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Well its official. I will be changing my major to Business Marketing. I will have to stay an extra year, but I don't mind. Without the barn I will be able to get a part time job, which will be much more beneficial than riding horses.

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post #47 of 51 Old 03-03-2013, 02:41 AM
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I think you made a good decision.

A degree isn't the be all and end all, you don't go to uni and get a job straight out like some people seem to think. It's a tool you use in life along with a range of other things that helps you get the jobs you want. A degree wasn't what I thought it would be, but I don't regret doing it.

Keep this in mind and start building your skills while you're studying. Whether it be through volunteering or a relevant part time job make decisions for your future and not just now.
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post #48 of 51 Old 03-03-2013, 09:04 AM
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I think your decision is a sound one. This is a huge issue in our society right now. Education costs WAY too much and pretty much everyone is graduating with HUGE debt that it takes many years to repay. Something has to give.

I will tell you that I had a conversation about this same sort of thing with the apprentice trainer who was training my horse at the reining barn last year. He and his twin brother had both graduated from Morrisville, which is a similar program to Findlay. His twin brother worked at a barn as an apprentice for 6 months, doing all the grunt work, making next to nothing, and decided to go back to school to be a pharmacist. The guy who was working my horse-he was really good-had a year in doing the grunt work and said he would give it another 6 months to a year, and if by that time, something hadn't improved-he too would go back to school. He said in his opinion-much of being able to make enough to support yourself and pay off loans was luck. You really need, early on after graduation, to find someone with the money, who believes in you and will pay you to train and show their horses. At the farm he was at training my guy-he was third in line for the top spot.......so it might be a while before he could really make any decent $$. In our area-they are paid poorly, iive in a mobile home behind the barn, and work really long hours.

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post #49 of 51 Old 03-03-2013, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Well to top it all off....I was just hired onto the sales staff at a large Ford dealership here in Findlay! I am getting hired on in May full time then when school starts back up I will be working part time and probably be moved to another department within the store. So excited!!!
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post #50 of 51 Old 03-03-2013, 11:38 AM
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Good for you! Opening yourself to new opportunities seems to have paid off in a major way. I wish you success in your new endeavors.
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