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Eyeing a career change from Engineering: Am I being reckless?

I recently graduated and I've been working as a Jr. Engineer for a few months now. I realize now that this is not a career/field I want to be in and have been strongly thinking about going back to school to get a Computer Science degree. The problem is that I have 35k in loans from my previous degree and I need to make a decision soon. Am I being reckless for wanting to do a career change so soon? [more inside]
posted by This Is Reality on Aug 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Best college major for addressing climate change?

What kind of skill sets does one need to be of best help to addressing climate change? It would seem like the most obvious choice is to major in environmental science. Otherwise, maybe political science to deal with legislators and capital hill? Or "who cares what you study undergrad" and go to law school?
posted by defmute on Jun 18, 2014 - 26 answers

Help Building a Gameplan For a Career In Market Research Analysis

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to land a career in market research analysis. Below are the steps I’ve laid out for myself. Could you tell me if this is a good game plan to get where I want to go? [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me Meta Kenobi.

Can you reassure me that majoring in computer science and trying to find a job in technology and software as a woman isn't going to be terrible? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 13, 2014 - 44 answers

What Major and Career Should I Look At If I Enjoy Math?

In studying for my Behavioral Statistics final (it’s a statistics class dealing with psychology research methods) I’ve realized something. I actually kind of enjoy math. As long as I don’t have to memorize formulas (as long as they are right there as I’m going through the work) it’s actually kind of comforting and fun. In fact, every math class I’ve taken in college (I’ve taken two remedial algebras, college algebra, and regular statistics before this class) I’ve enjoyed and made an A in. I’m really struggling about what I want to major in (I’m in psychology but I don’t have it in the gas tank to get a PhD), but I know that a lot of people don’t like math. They don’t get it. I do, so I’ve got something there, right? The only problem is, I don’t know what to do with it. These are the parameters… maybe you can think of something that fits? [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on May 4, 2014 - 16 answers

What should I use this free elective on?

I have a free elective in my final undergrad semester. What should I take? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 16, 2012 - 40 answers

How do you recognize a gifted chemist?

How would a graduate chemistry student distinguish themselves as more gifted than their classmates? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Oct 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

How should I pursue a career in software development?

I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 - 22 answers

We don't need no thought control...

I'm going to college! (fo' realz this time, yo). So, what should I study? (or, How do I learn to stop worrying I won't get to do everything and love just one subject?) [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 9, 2012 - 19 answers

So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...

What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

University Departmental Website Content?

What do you think should be on a university science department's website? If you were a student researching/applying for an UG or Masters program, or someone generally interested in the dept, what would you like to see and where? Alternatively, what are good examples of science dept. websites that you have seen? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Oct 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more?

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more? Specifically, should I take a year-long calculus-based program, until I get comfortable that I'm on top of it-- and can really judge my level of interest and aptitude fairly? Considering I'm a Junior English major. Also considering that it's been 15 years since HS algebra and I've never been good at math. But I want to be. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Feb 10, 2011 - 31 answers

Should I take a hard college course that is not needed but may be useful later?

Should I take a hard college course that is not needed but may be useful later? [more inside]
posted by Takeyourtime on Jan 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Decision on Decision Science

What careers directly relate to a BS in Business Administration, Concentration in Decision Sciences? [more inside]
posted by o0o0o on Nov 27, 2010 - 4 answers

What is everything made out of?

Attn: scientifically minded Mefites! I want to learn about what everything is made out of! [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Oct 6, 2010 - 26 answers

Is it too late for me to major in neuroscience?

Is it too late for me to major in neuroscience? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Oct 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Calling all scientists: I need some advice about graduate school.

Is it too late for me to gain admission to the top PhD programs in the life sciences? What can I do to improve my chances besides the obvious? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Hiveminded Social Experiments

I teach a "Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences" course. I want to help my students come up with good ideas for their own personal social experiments... a la Supersize Me kind of thing but without the element of danger. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by madred on Feb 26, 2010 - 17 answers

Tenure-track from Large Chemistry to Small Liberal-Arts Science

Science tenure-track interview/negotiation/expectation advice filter. Going from large masters state-school chemistry dept to small liberal arts 'joint-science' dept. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 - 9 answers

University of Phoenix - Scamminess = ???

Is there anything like University of Phoenix, except not a "scam" or a "diploma mill"? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jan 11, 2010 - 34 answers

Science for a non-science major

I am returning to college to complete my bachelors degree and need to take a natural science class to fulfill general education requirements. Which class is the best choice for someone who is utterly intimidated by science? [more inside]
posted by madforplaid on Nov 11, 2009 - 46 answers

Can I find a school that teaches what I want to learn?

I'm currently attending MyCounty Tech School, and have been planning to transfer to Local Private University next fall to finish my Computer Science/IT bachelors. The thing is, I really don't know if that's the right way to wrap up my schooling. Can I get some recommendations on what to look for in a good CS program, and recommendations on slightly non-traditional/accelerated ways of getting a degree in Computer Science? More background info inside. [more inside]
posted by niles on Nov 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Great idea for a course--horribly misdirected.

I'm taking an innovative course on using technology for humanitarian causes, taught by a professor I really like. But it's awful! How can I tell him what I think, and/or turn this disaster of a course into something worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 - 29 answers

Undergraduate Degree != Career ?

What do I do when I graduate if I know I don't want to pursue my undergraduate field? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Sep 14, 2009 - 19 answers

Questions about Grad App Questions

A few questions that I'm running into while submitting my graduate school applications about fellowships, diversity statements, other schools I am applying to, and accepting admission without funding. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Dec 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Questions for Grad Programs I'm Interested In

I will be applying to graduate school soon and I cannot visit all of the campuses that I am applying to. I have been contacting these schools so that they can put me in touch with current graduate students who I can ask about their campuses, and I wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything important in my list of questions below. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Oct 16, 2008 - 11 answers

How to Improve My Grad School Chances

Is there anything I can do to help myself get into grad school (PhD, political science/international relate) between now and January? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Aug 15, 2008 - 15 answers

Should I try to transfer to another university?

Should I try to transfer to another university? [more inside]
posted by Perpetual Seeker on Aug 3, 2008 - 30 answers

If it looks and quacks like a CS Degree, then is it a genuine enough CS Degree???

Does it really matter where you get the Computer Science degree from? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Jul 23, 2008 - 32 answers

Computer science? yea or nay?

Should I major in computer science? If yes, what career options are available? [more inside]
posted by frettchen on Jul 3, 2008 - 23 answers

Make my 10th grade bio teacher proud!

I'm going to college soon. (Age 24; been working a desk job in health care since I was 18.) I've got an inkling I want to study biology. Recommend me some books to help me get the lay of the land and get fired up about this. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Apr 4, 2008 - 23 answers

Advice about applying to graduate school while abroad

I'm looking for information for applying to grad school while abroad. (PhD programs in Political Science/International Relations). I graduated from college in spring 2006, and I'm planning on applying next year (Fall '09) to start in Fall 2010. I'm also considering going to Israel in July and staying for about 10 months, and I want to make sure this won't impact my grad school plans in any way. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Mar 11, 2008 - 7 answers

How to teach myself computer science?

I want to teach myself computer science. I know that teaching myself is far from a university education on the subject, but I'd like to try. How can I teach myself? What are books/lectures/tools/websites/anything that I could use to do this? Covering everything from the programming languages themselves, to algorithms, software development, and the mathematics background necessary for this. [more inside]
posted by petah on Jan 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Oh the places I might go

Looking for serious, modern, and fun art schools in Europe, or possibly the US. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 10, 2007 - 5 answers

Y'know, I'd really like to be a luthier.

I'm a college sophomore on my way to a CS Major / Religion Minor. Apparently my initial career options (just from that major) are a little bit better than my English-major friends. But I'd much rather make interesting things than work in a cubicle. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Science and literature, post-1945

Next year I'm teaching a course on science and literature after 1945. What should I put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by josh on Jul 5, 2006 - 28 answers

instant frozen beer

When I was in college, beer was a central part of my life. In fact, we did all sorts of interesting things with beer, besides simply drink the stuff. One particular stupid-beer-trick that a friend did frequently - but which I have never been able to exactly replicate - intrigues me. Physicists and amateur scientists, lend me your eyes: [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jun 2, 2005 - 22 answers

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