Doing undergrad strictly for the job prospects?
June 26, 2012 8:24 AM Subscribe
Is it worth it to get an undergrad degree in accounting or finance for the post-graduation salary prospects, even though I might not be interested in the major? (Excessive detail inside!)
posted by bumpjump to Education (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm kind of in this situation
, except I'm 24 and living at home with no degree and only working about 10 hours of work a week at the mall and doing construction. This is not at all the life I want and I'm trying to figure out what career-type job would land me the kind of money I'd want (~$40-50k with growth after a few years of work experience).
From what I've seen from my peers, you need at least an undergrad degree to make this kind of money. Thing is, I've had two failed runs at college. The first time, I was straight out of high school and I spent 2.5 years earning 80 random liberal arts credits with a couple math classes thrown in without ever declaring a major. My cumulative GPA when I left was a 2.0. In the second attempt, I decided to try Mechanical Engineering because my sister told me I'd be a good fit. I spent one year at the local state school but only managed to take one intro-to-engineering class because I kept forgetting about the registration deadline.
So now I'm trying to figure out a career path. My passion is music but I'd rather have a solid job and enough time to do music outside of work than try to make a living in the music industry. I'm thinking a practical undergrad degree like accounting or finance might be the way to go. I have no experience with these fields but the money is the biggest draw. I enjoy math, so that's a plus. My biggest fear is that I won't be interested in the material, or worse, hate the job once I'm in the field. Is it worth it to go into tens of thousands of dollars of debt for this?