|Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter):|
1. What is your opinion of the video? (i.e. BS? Somewhat accurate? Very Accurate?)
The first three minutes were unwatchable. Not that I had any issues with what the video was saying, but I don't like the animation and graphics and giant numbers flashing across the screen designed to cater to people with a shorter attention span than a goldfish.
I'm probably not going to watch the rest of the video, because I don't feel like spending an hour on it.
[quote[2. I know I'm going to college despite the video but would you still recommend it after having seen the video?[/quote]
As I said, I only saw the first couple of minutes.
3. What degree did you get?/going to get?
BBA - Accounting.
5. Do you use your degree?
Not in my regular work. However, the degree did help me to understand how to read and interpret financial statements, and to know when things make sense and when they are BS
(not referring to the degree).
6. Is it a good idea to go for an average business degree, what could you do with such a basic degree, assuming no special experience is done?
Don't know what an "average business degree" is, at least, at the school I went to, you had to pick a field.
Anyway, the issue isn't so much "what can you do with a degree" as what do you want to do with your life? What kind of career do you want to get. There are some careers out there that require specific training that is best attained through college (medical, engineering, accounting, law, etc.). There are other careers out there that have degrees associated with them, but you could also get into those fields through other ways.
Then there are careers that don't really have a college program that will lead you to them, or if they do, such programs are few and far between. My field, for example, is transportation scheduling. I've never heard of a degree in scheduling (I guess the closest might be something like Transportation & Logistics), never studied this in college and never met any coworker or colleague who did either, but through a combination of common sense, an internship, and on-the-job training, I've done pretty well in the field.
Some people know very early on what they want to do for a living. Others don't have a clue as they're registering for college. Some never figure it out, and don't have a clue even as they approach retirement.
Without knowing which of those describes you, it's hard to specifically say what course of action you should take.
Definitely go to college and get a degree. Study something interesting and/or useful (if you're lucky, it will be both). If you know what you want to do for a career (or if you think you know), look into what requirements you'll need. If you can actually find a job posting (not sure if those exist or not anymore), see what the requirements are and what you'll need to do to meet them. You might be surprised, just as I was when the first job I got actually listed "accounting" as one of the types of degrees they were looking for in that position (and, no, I'm not trying to push an accounting degree on you).
If you don't know what you want to do, just go in and take some of the basic courses. You might find a course that really appeals to you, and decide that's where you want to focus your studies (that's actually how I wound up going with accounting). You generally don't have to declare a major until your third year, so there's room to change your mind as you get the required courses out of the way.
Now, as for graduate school? Total waste of money. I left halfway through to go into the workforce, and never really looked back. If I'd stuck around and finished my master's, I'd either be unemployed or unhappily employed at a job I don't like. Of course, I should say that I left because of a job opportunity. I don't want you to think that the job opportunity was a result of my leaving grad school.
A couple of points I'll touch on based on the first three minutes of the video that I did see (I know it's not all cartoony graphics, but that's just the portion I saw).
1) Despite whatever indoctrination may or may not be going on (in my case, the pressure came from within the family, not from the school), you don't need to go to a fancy ivy league school to be successful. I went to a run-of-the-mill state university (and not even the state's premiere university, either), paid about $5000-6000 a year in tuition, and graduated with some student loan debt (but not a crushing amount). If I had gone to a more expensive school, the only thing different would be the level of my debt right now. (In the field I work in, nobody gives a damn where you went to school.)
I'm sure there are some fields and some companies where your school does matter. I don't work in those fields/for those companies, and wouldn't want to.
2) Yes, textbooks are ridiculously expensive. Yes, the whole thing is a ripoff. My school wasn't quite as sinister as the video implied, but they were still ridiculous. After the first year, I started looking around for different options, which included checking textbooks out from the school library (it worked for one of my summer session classes), and buying them online. Even though they tend to come out with a new edition every few weeks, I learned that what was different was usually the color of the cover. Sometimes the chapters were a page or two off. Beyond that, I never even noticed that I was using an older edition borrowed from the library.
Hopefully, my ramblings are of some use. YMMV.
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