Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceSmall Business · 1 decade ago

I'm a recent high school grad and I really need your advice regarding college. Ten points to most helpful. ?

I’m having some major difficulties with what major to choose. Please please please please do not advise me to take up general ed courses, if you are, then please please don’t bother answering! Don’t mean to sound rude, but just hear me out first. For the longest time, I wanted to major in International Business, but then I asked around and did more research and eventually came to know that all the international business courses are theory. Having found this out, I diverted away from this major. But now for some reason I have reverted back to this major. The problem is I want to major in something fun and interesting. I have considered so many different careers but still can’t come to terms with that I really want to do. All I know is that I want to travel the world and become successful. Once again, I just want to major in something that will give me the opportunity to find an exciting and interesting job. I also do know that you have to master 1-2 languages in order to be successful with an International Business degree. I have also considered technology, but I just can’t figure out what in technology. Also, which degree will be hot in the business or finance?

I do know for a fact that in academia and the real world jobs, the ones that are really exciting and interesting are few and far between and seldom do they pay well.

Anyway, I think I just have to come to terms with the fact that the working world just isn’t that interesting or exciting. I guess it’s called “work” and not “play” for a reason, lol.

If you can somehow guide me, please do so. THANKS!

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    hello! im personally ran into the same situation when i attended the university of cincinnati/ohio. i switched back and forth from the Linder business college back to majoring in economics. i was happy with my decision as econmics afforded me the general knowledge and money, banking and international economies. the major left with a brawd spectrum of options like employment as a broker in any field, securties, transportation, logistics whatever. but if i would have been wise i would have picked up a language like you have mentioned. i think you hit the nail on the head, in todays fast pace world in order for you to get into an above average job that offers travel abroad you will be very marketable for many employers if you are fluent in a couple of languages. if i were you i would pick up german and japanese, as our world economies are interdependent and the majority of overseas business is conducted with europeans and asians. it seems that your hope is to travel abroad and see the world, i think your making the correct choice in picking up the languages. i think that marketing and sales or economics along with being bi lingual would make you very marketable for corporate america. imagine being an employer responsible for recruiting and choosing from thousands of applicants that all have the same degrees, biz mgt, finance, sales, accounting and trying to figure out who can plug in those positions right away with the path of least resistance. i always considered things from the employers perspective and that is who are they are going to hire from the stacks of applicants coming out of college? yes, you can go to the top notch schools, yea you can get mba's, and yes you can get languages down, but here is the key to get that international job that offers travel, and what your looking for. rather than focus so much on a specific degree like tens of thousands of other students, put your other foot forward. what i mean is, cold call and research large employers NOW that would require your language skills, and overseas business abilities/knowledge. for example i had a friend that in his sophomore year contacted Proctor and Gamble in cincinnati ohio. He knew he was in a pool of thousands of future grads and his degree didnt make him anybody special, but by calling Proctor n gamble he was able to meet with company officials, and got in the door as an intern. why? well, he knew he wanted to travel, he also spoke different languages, and he asked the employer during his coop time exactly what the needs of their company would be in the future as well as at that time. so here was a guy that made a lasting impression while meeting and networking with key figureheads in the company and did so while in college. he knew that this company did business overseas, and he learned what the vision of the company was while working as an engineer intern, this experience was his key to success. he graduated and 8 days after commencement ceremonies a moving truck from the employer scooped up his property and placed him another state. he landed a job prior to graduation starting at 80k with a 20k signing bonus. my point is, this guy sought out the international employer and made his contacts while in school, he paved the way toward a career path! my point is too you here is that why go the traditional route and just get a degree that anyone can go and get, then graduate and subsequently throw youre name in a hat. why not start the language classes, major in international business or economics and make those calls to employers that do offer international business oppourtunities? you do want to travel and see the world right? so, depending on where you live geographically, i would seek out the companies that do business overseas, and simply call them! they may have recruiters, or internships that offer you the biggest key to this whole game, MEETING AND NETWORKING WITH PEOPLE that can open doors for you. why wait until you graduate to make these moves as lots of people are looking for jobs right? if you want to travel overseas and put your skills to work then research and find those employers that meet your specs, and go for it! go and meet with them in person, ask to meet with some figure heads and tell em about yourself and that you want to travel abroad while working in the business world! if you find a business that sends people to japan, germany, china or wherever you wish to go, by all means, go to these employers and make yourself known! a resume' is paperwork man, and that goes in a stack. make these folks put a name with the face, and tell em your pickin up languages in college, if their company offers you those opportunities to travel etc. why not network with the employer, land an internship, and gear your classes towards the needs of the that particular industry or business? if you do get in the door, then your most likely with hard work and commitment going to be able to stay there! you will learn the needs of these busine

    Source(s): business owner! college grad! i learned nothing in college except how top pass tests, the real world is the test! people skills baby!
  • 1 decade ago

    So, I'm not sure whether you would consider this guidance, but I hope they are some things to think about. First, your perception of "real world jobs" isn't really accurate. In fact, in my job I use the 4 different languages I speak, travel globally 4 - 6 times a year, deal with interesting technologies and Fortune 500 customers all the time, and in fact, I do make a 6 figure income.

    Now, the key point is that I have been in my field for about 15 years now, and have gradually worked my way into this sort of position. In some fields you can get their faster, but with more risk, in other fields slower, but with less stress. Right out of college the odds are that you aren't going to find a position like this. So, the key becomes, what do you think makes a job exciting and interesting? At this point, it seems like "travel" and "seeing the world" is the biggest piece of that.

    So, what should you major in? Well, all three of the fields you mention - International Business, Finance and Technology are fields which will have demand in the future. In some ways, that isn't the most important point. The important point is that you need to major in the field that you believe provides you with useful knowledge. See, all of that "theory" regarding International Business exists for a reason - it actually is relevant to some situation or another - such as what are the right conditions for entering into a Joint Venture on either the Supply or Customer side of a deal? If you are running a low margin deal to acquire market share, what risks do you have in a 2 currency environment? Or 3 currency environment? How do you mitigate those risks? Similarly the "theory" you will learn in Finance or a Technology field will have applicability if you really learn and respect the knowledge.

    People have been involved in international trade for over 3,000 years since the early Phonecians were trading grain with roving Assyrians. The principles that have developed over time have value.

    Which ultimately is going to be what leads you to the job. Fundamentally as an employer hiring a new college grad is a tricky thing. You don't have any experience which shows me that you know how to work, and you're grades generally aren't that representative of whether you can use the information you got in college. At most they tell me whether you can learn or not. So, you want to pick the area where you think the KNOWLEDGE is interesting. Then when we are talking jobs you can show me in your interview that you understand what you learn and can apply it to your work which brings me the employer value.

    Any of the fields you mentioned can get you a good job. In the technology realm I would stay with an actual technology field such as engineering, or computer science and away from a secondary technology field, such as management of technology simply because those are more meaningful once you have some experience, However, other than that, pick the subject that interests you and that you are willing to really learn about. Just picking a degree to get a job more or less puts you in a position to be behind your competition for that job which has been able to invest more passion in it.


  • 1 decade ago

    Couple things:

    Nearly all university courses are "theory." It's not possible to directly study most topics.

    You are correct in your thought about needing to have a language or two. You should know that you do not "master" a language without years of intense study.

    You seem to have collected a lot of "facts." This is a sign of a young person not yet exposed to much of life or education. Not a bad thing, but don't let your certainty about things cause you to miss out on something good.

    The single best way to be fairly certain you will travel the world is to join the military.

    The working world can, in fact, be exciting and interesting.

    Your adamant refusal at the very start to refuse to hear the best advice makes one wonder whether you can truly listen to advice. You use the term "general ed," but you should be aware that there are general requirements for classes that fill nearly two years that you have to take anyway and the knowledgeable student takes them the first two years and has that time to firm up their major.

    I have provided below a url for the Bureau of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dude wanna know an industry that is fun and exciting, and one of the largest industries of America/Canada? THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY. Get a degree in hospitality and tourism management man, dont get into anything boring. You will have great benefits, you will get to travel and have sex with girls in clubs all over such as miama, LA, hey maybe even some resorts in exotic locations such as the mayan riviera. The possibilities are limitless all over the world. Some universities even offer a masters in this subject. Now thats a degree you can be happy with, great benefits and great pay for the top managers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well i think that alternative energy is going to get hot and real hot. Especially with how legislation is going. I believe that in the not so distant future alternative energy companys will boom and this is the time to start on or to invest in one. Especially with how 3rd world countries are. but anyway that would be my suggestion. Cuz see i myself plan on going into Hydrogen engineering which will teach me how to produce and make hydrogen fuel cells. Which i think will someday be the future of car transportation. hope this helped. just a suggestion.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i'm thinking about majoring in engineering and minoring in Italian then moving to Italy to work for Ferrari

    for you maybe a good idea would be to minor in a couple of languages, then pick a major in business or another sort

    then you could use this major for a job in whatever country your languages allow


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