Should I study Finance or Management?
August 17, 2008 5:50 AM Subscribe
Is it better to get any degree or to get the degree that I want? I'm about to start my senior year of college but I find myself wanting to switch majors! What to do?
posted by Theloupgarou to Education (8 answers total)
Management: What I’ve been studying so far. I’m doing good, but it doesn’t excite me anymore.
Finance: This is what I really want to learn. I look at people studying this and I’m attracted; I want to be like them.
I’ve actually already done the paperwork to switch majors :P I find myself having second thoughts now. But I can easily do the paperwork to switch back.
Here are my overall concerns:
-I have no real experience in finance and don’t know what to expect apart from it being hard (at least it seems so to me). Part of what attracts me, however, is precisely that challenge – I feel good about taking it head on and I feel great about my math skills, which have improved immensely since entering college.
-I do realize that another part of what attracts me to this switch of major is simply being a senior and the uncertainty of entering the job market. Finance, after I get into the curriculum, is going to tack on a few extra months of work and possibly an extra semester (which will keep freedom – horrible, horrible freedom – at bay, at least for a little bit). And though finance seems to be more competitive than management, it also seems to me to pay way better at entry-level. That is the biggest draw.
-If I stay with management I can be done this year. Not kidding – it would be nice to be done and grin and not add more to my debt load.
-As far as work after college is concerned, I just want to make as much money as possible and live as comfortably as possible… at least at first (say… maybe first 5, 10 years, so I can get out of the hole and build some wealth. In that case, maybe accounting would have been a better major choice). Ultimately I want to work for government or an international organization like the UN or similar, so that I can work for the commonweal and feel all nice inside. I’m lucky to have good language skills: I’m bilingual in English/Spanish, have a good knowledge of French (which I’m constantly improving), and I’m very willing to learn other languages (Chinese or Arabic, maybe?)
Bottom-line is that I KNOW that I want to learn finance, I just don’t know if this is the right time to do it or not, and what I should do, and so I ask, what would you do?