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Old April 6th, 2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Hi, Im an undecided major at Oakland University and am just completing my first year. I'm kind of starting to feel the pressure of having to choose a major, and just wondering what some of you guys do for a living.

Also what was your major in college, and if you like your career choice after working there for awhile? And what does the job outlook look like in the future?

I really need to choose a major soon but don't want to end up switching majors all the time, or choosing a major that will lead me into a job that could easily be outsourced in the future

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Old April 6th, 2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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What do you like to do? Your interests/hobbies would be a good starting place.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #3
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...... or choosing a major that will lead me into a job that could easily be outsourced in the future

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Good luck with that.

If the job can be done by telecommuting, it can be easily outsourced. Ask the IT guys at Chrysler.

I do fabrication and rebuild work, electrical and mechanical, on press feed equipment. No shortage of work, but no overtime. Jobs are bid based on 40 hr week.


Health care is the only safe bet anymore.
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I'm going after a mechanical CAD detailer degree, and I'll probably end up using the machinist aspect of said degree, and trying to work my way into the design/engineering department at whatever shop I get into.

Unless this other job pans out, and I'll be doing way cooler work.
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I'm into cars, trucks, and pretty much anything with a motor. Math and sciences are my strongest subjects, and i'm pretty good at critical thinking. i was leaning towards something along the lines of mechanical engineer but that job outlook doesn't seem too promising, and i got tired of autocad fast.

I want a job where i will be able to live out of the city also
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it's not uncommon at all for you to end up in a field completely unrelated to your chosen field of study. many, many, many, many people find that college is a place to get a piece of paper, and learn how to network with people.

as but an example. I have 3 younger brothers that are engineering alumni from UofM.
  • The youngest, an electrical engineering grad, had a full ride academic scholarship. One would have guessed he'd be designing circuits, etc. for one of the Big 3. He's a former Regional Director of IT for TimeWarner/AOL out of Austin, and is now a code-jockey doing high end GIS/Web programming contractually for Shell Oil, out of his house in Ashville NC.
  • 2nd youngest is a mechanical engineering grad. and is a lead IT/Sales/Implementation Specialist for a French IT Solutions firm, working in Chicago, or more appropriately working out of a hotel/airplane as he travels the world
  • Next is the aerospace engineer. Originally wanting to work for NASA, or Boeing, he's very happy compiling, and translating medical/pharmaceutical databases for a firm in Denver Colorado.
You need to ask yourself what type of job do you think you can do for the next 40+ years on average. e.g. some people simply can't stand the thought of corporate/office work...

if you are interested in an office environment, whichever skill-set/degree you chase, make sure you take a heavy emphasis in IT. the IT won't necessarily save you from being outsourced, in fact you'll find that as IT goes, the Asian Continent outsourcing will be cheaper than you for the foreseeable future. That being said, IT and it's peripheral sciences are becoming the basic business tools that everyone is expecting employees to have, and it can allow you to be nimble enough to take advantage of opportunities that otherwise wouldn't be there.

as an example, a close friend of mine got her foot in the door at VW simply by having some advanced knowledge of pivot tables, and vba. said skill sets allowed her to rapidly create reports, and analysis for her reporting manager that were really beyond the scope of her assignment, by being able to demonstrate that knowledge that the client didn't even know they wanted, they ended up hiring her direct from her contract shop after only a few weeks...
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Health care is the only safe bet anymore.
And other service industries such as electrician, plumber, etc.
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Nursing. Lots of different ways you can go and the shortage of nurses will continue since there are many nurses retiring. Pay isn't too bad to start and if you have a BSN or MSN you can teach or go into administration.
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i'm also thinking about doing something with alternative fuels... that seems like its going to be a big industry
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And other service industries such as electrician, plumber, etc.

feast or famine industry we call those. you're either so busy you don't have time to spend the money. or are hustling to pay the bills.

mostly due to the fact that they are also tied obviously to the new construction industry...

there are obviously some folks that seem to ride through down times like we have here now, seemingly immune to those cycles, but a great many others end up switching careers during the down cycles.
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Plumber.

I may need to call ya'... I'm sitting here, typing from the laptop as I clog the pipes...
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i would preferably like to stay away from jobs that are effected heavily because of my personal experience. Just as rye bread said earlier those jobs are pretty much hit or miss. My dad owns an insulation company and goes through times where we are so busy we work 6 days a week all day trying to keep up, and sometimes like during the summer its one or 2 jobs a week. I'd like a job that is pretty stable... My moms a teacher and makes the exact same amount every week all year long no matter what. If only teaching paid more though lol
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Undergrad: Microbiology and Business Admin Bachelor's
Graduate: Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Health Care will not be outsourced, and neither can scientific research. If you are going to go into the sciences be ready to go to grad school unless you want to wash dishes and make media all day.

Nursing is also a good choice, but be ready to do your time on "Code Brown"
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You are on the right track. Energy is and will continue to be a very stable employment area. Over the next 5 years, there will be a HUGE number of people retiring from utility and energy related jobs. We estimate that currently around 60-65% of our work force will be eligible to retire in the next 5 years. You can either pursue the engineering side of the energy business, or the financial side. A financial engineering degree would kick ass. If you are good with the statistical analysis, you could do well. Learn the risk management, statistics, options, finance, etc... With 2-3 years of training and the willingness to work a rotating shift (24x7 operation), you can find jobs paying $100k base + up to 40% bonus or more depending on the location. It isn't for everyone because it is high stress and you are on your toes 12 hours straight. But, the pay is great and the education you get pays off as well.

Oh, yeah. I have a BA in econ and business management with an MBA from MSU. I handle the wholesale energy transactions for a municipal utility. I've been in the business going on 13 years now and did the rotating shift job for 8 years. I'm now in a supervisor role. Everyone above me is closing in on their 25 year anniversary or more, so there is plenty of room for advancement currently in the business.
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I don't give a f what you are interested in. Pick a major that will score you a 6 figure plus salary. Always look at the bottom line. You will love it afterwards.
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BA - Criminal Justice

I dont know what I am going to do with it.
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I dont know what I am going to do with it.
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