What's a good major for someone with no direction in life?

TalkBomber
TalkBomber

What's a good major for someone with no direction in life?

BlogWobbles
BlogWobbles

knee orthopedic specialist

LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

@TalkBomber
/his/

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

@TalkBomber
good books will do more for you than literally anything else. you get to learn from genuises.

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

@LuckyDusty
burtal

BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

Forex
I just made $5,000 an hour ago on UK news.
Thanks me later

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

@TalkBomber

Basket weaving.

Why are you in college if you have no idea? Save the money until you have a plan.

whereismyname
whereismyname

@New_Cliche
I'm not

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

I'd say math. General yet employable, various fields want quantitative people, great major to have

farquit
farquit

@New_Cliche
I have to agree with this user. I started college without really knowing what my end goal was and I got frustrated, bored, and dropped out (all that compounded with other personal problems)

You need to know what job or job field you want first, then plan around that. It makes your life WAY easier and choosing a major is a cinch. Now that I know what I want to achieve at the end, I can plan ahead.

I'd recommend doing what you're actually interested in, rather than what gets you the most money. Of course it has to get you enough money to survive so not women's studies, marine biology, etc. but you know what I mean

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

@TalkBomber
philosophy.

Firespawn
Firespawn

@farquit
dude just follow your le dreams bro just figure out what you want to do for work my man just find a job that is really fun haha something you are good at you know

Stupidasole
Stupidasole

business admin.?

TalkBomber
TalkBomber

Don't take a major, go to community college and learn an actual skill.

WebTool
WebTool

bump

DeathDog
DeathDog

@TalkBomber
Attending college is a direction in life. You just haven't figured out a major.

Actual advice: your college education will be among the most expensive things you ever purchase. If you genuinely feel like you have no direction or sense of purpose for the future, stay far the fuck away from college and reconsider it once you learn more about the world and yourself. You're falling for the "going to college because everyone says I'm supposed to" meme. Unless you have a strategic view of your education as a means to an end, you're just pissing away your time and money.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Somewhat related to OP:

I need help making a gameplan to save my life guys.

go to college
"general business administration "
didnt have direction, assumed a broad major would leave me open to more opportunities
obtain broad yet lacking in depth knowledge of business topics.
work full time retail wage slave for a nationwide corporate supplement store
so didnt have the time to pursue actual useful internships

Now Im graduating spring 17 and I think im fucked. My resume pretty much looks like a wage slave resume + bachelors degree and some volunteering. I have no idea what to do. The job listings that are worth a fuck are all "lol 3-5 years experience in marketing, crm management, six sigma lean manufacturing, HR law, etc."

Talked to my company and my options with are:
work my way up at retail level as if I wouldve without the degree, but my bachelors might make me preferable for promotions to positions such as district manager. Approximately 5-10 years.
get my mba, halfway through mba program, there is corporate level internships. I then decide what I want to do at corporate level. 2-3 yrs + cost of mba.
leave this company, accept a shitty paying job that will give me some sort of specialized experience like entry level marketing assistant.

Whats the wisest option?

Spamalot
Spamalot

How old is OP anyway? If he's in his last year of high school then it's fine to wait a few years until he figures shit out. If he's past his early 20's and still has no direction in life (which is fairly common tbqh) then it's time to look up the programs offered by the local community college, pick one, and fucking stick with it. If you don't like it learn to like it.

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

@Crazy_Nice

getting a MBA without working in a non-leader position

why you do this?

Firespawn
Firespawn

@Deadlyinx

lol, I meant "leader" not "non-leader"

SniperWish
SniperWish

@LuckyDusty
This. I had zero direction in my life and I majored in history to learn what direction we have taken as a species.

Inspired my ass to double with another major and get a real job.

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

@Deadlyinx
So what you're saying is my company is dicking me around?

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

@BunnyJinx
Which one of platforms are you using?

Flameblow
Flameblow

@TalkBomber
Become a cop if your cool with it. Dont need more than an associate, less than 10k in education cost, 40k starting, 90k within 5 years and the best pensions in the world. Also all the overtime.

DeathDog
DeathDog

@LuckyDusty
Fuck you scammer, at least we contribute to Humainity.

RavySnake
RavySnake

@TalkBomber
maths

Stupidasole
Stupidasole

@TalkBomber
Art

cum2soon
cum2soon

@Flameblow
90k in 5 years

bullshit

w8t4u
w8t4u

@Flameblow
90k in 5 years, bullshit.

also have fun having to worry about getting killed at every trafic stop.

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

@Flameblow
Being a cop pays a decent middle class salary with good benefits in most parts of the country. The NYPD pays 90k after five years but also you're in NYC. Salaries for cops are all over the map, really. In Mass starting salaries are between 70k in the Boston area to small towns that pay like $13 an hour.

Also, getting on tends to be extremely competitive and most people underestimate how stringent the requirements and screening process are in terms of your background, driving/criminal history, and physical and mental health. If you ever took psych meds at any point or saw a counselor in school or whatever, you're probably getting a psych dq.

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

@TalkBomber
nothing. Go work in a job that requires no education. People wondering around and dreaming about "what should I do with myself" will never discover that without working first

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

@CouchChiller
I'd also add that it's far easier to get hired as a correctional officer. The salary and benefits (state pension, etc) are usually comparable to police officers. Turnover is high as fuck and prisons have trouble recruiting all the time. The downside: you're in fucking prison.

BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

Don't major in anything yet. Find yourself first.

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

@BunnyJinx
Find yourself first

massdebater
massdebater

@ZeroReborn

be burger flipper
think you will ever discover a job you will like

hairygrape
hairygrape

@massdebater
He's talking about when you work some shitty job you finally understand what you don't want to do with your life. That's the first step to anything.

Soft_member
Soft_member

Kind of in the same boat. I went into a business management degree because I had no clue what I wanted to do and my boomer mom convinced me that going to college is the ticket to success in life. Dropped out and fucked around for a while, now in $10,000 debt and in a turning point in my life.

Considering STEM now. I'm not too worried about disliking my work since I worked wage-slave jobs and pretty much anything is more rewarding than that. My only issues is that my math skills are lacking. It's not that I can't learn it, in fact I was pretty decent at it, it's just that I didn't get the necessary classes back in high school (calculus and such). Not even meming here but I'm looking at petroleum engineering because of the high pay and high expected growth (so I can actually get a job).

Can I self-teach myself the required math and pretty much start from the ground up towards that career? I'm not bad at math/physics/chemistry, just missing the experience. I'm done having no direction and I feel like that would give me something to live for. Am I just living in a meme dream or is this possible?

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

@Stupidasole
Only true answer ITT

Don't give me that 'lol I'm such a creative person and an intellectual xD' bullshit when you don't even understand art at all. Thankfully these people get burger flipping jobs cause that's where they belong. You're not a free spirit, you just have your head way too shoved up your ass

Emberburn
Emberburn

@Soft_member
You need a degree to get an engineering job. You can't just say you taught yourself

WebTool
WebTool

@Emberburn
I mean teach myself the math necessary to get into engineering. Most people took calculus and higher level sciences in high school.

RumChicken
RumChicken

@WebTool
I'm not certain how it works in America but down here you don't really need to have a calculus background to go to engineering. I have a friend who didn't take any calculus but precalculus and is doing okay at school, I guess.

Lord_Tryzalot
Lord_Tryzalot

@TalkBomber
someone with no direction in life
What's a good major
not wasting time/money in school.

farquit
farquit

Might as well ask here, how well does an environmental science minor pair with a chemistry major?

idontknow
idontknow

@Garbage Can Lid
math
employable

That's like the oppositie of what he needs. Blindly going into math means you'll end up with a useless degree. Math is only good if you have a direction with it and even then it can be shit.

Carnalpleasure
Carnalpleasure

@TalkBomber
compass manufacturer

Flameblow
Flameblow

Get a degree, anything relatively 'valuable.' I received my BS in economics and somehow ending up being a behavior analyst for special needs children, simply by meeting a stranger at my post-college job-- Staples.

JunkTop
JunkTop

@WebTool
you can take the prerequisite math classes at cheap junior colleges and become eligible for an engineering major once you get those credits. exactly which classes you need varies by major and program, and not all programs accept credits from all junior colleges, so do your research thoroughly and well in advance to avoid wasting time and money and classes that wont count.

also understand that everyone and their cousin has been flooding into petroleum engineering for years now, and the field is getting over-saturated. combine that with the waves of layoffs from oil companies trying to survive the $5/barrel famine and you'll find yourself facing fierce competition. the HR departments at most oil companies also tend to strongly favor traditional students who are 22 years old and have the right internships under their belt.

hairygrape
hairygrape

@TalkBomber
Death

PackManBrainlure
PackManBrainlure

@SniperWish
What major user?

SniperWish
SniperWish

College is a waste of time if you have no direction.

All the kids who had no direction in high school are truck drivers now.

The wage isn't horrible. You earn around 1k a week. You're never home, always on the road, which is probably a good thing for those types of people.

The job itself is very easy. You drive for 12 hours. Then sleep/chill/browse the internet in the bunk for the other 12 while your co-driver drives.

Firespawn
Firespawn

@farquit
I was a vanilla Bio major because it seemed like the least-strenuous curriculum of the traditional STEM disciplines (lol). Managed to get a job at a biological consulting company out of college and that seems like the sort of industry enviro sci majors wind up. For me, I started out at the bottom doing a lot of crappy jobs; killing invasive plants, planting trees, etc. before I moved up to more fulfilling work after about a year. It's decent money and there is potential for a comfortable salary with 5-10 ish years of experience. If you try a little harder than I did in school and find some internships during your summers you should be able to start with a more comfortable, better-paying job. If it's what you love and you just want a comfortable middle class income go for it. But if you want to make real money or if you're going to be >$50k in the hole after school then you might want to switch to a real major

Evil_kitten
Evil_kitten

@farquit
Read about fertilizer runoff, soil nutrient levels, logging both legal and illegal, pot & meth production/pollution etc you will find the two fields are very closely linked

WebTool
WebTool

I spend most of my time browsing the internet so I got a degree in web development and design

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