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    Re: Whats your major in?

    My undergrad major was environmental science, but it might has well been agronomy since almost every elective I took was an agronomy class. I eventually did my graduate work at a different school in soil science.


    If you want to be almost guaranteed a job, go into an agriculture major. The College of Ag and Life Sciences has a 98% placement rate within 6 months of graduation. It was also just ranked 5th best college IN THE WORLD in agriculture and forestry!



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    I would agree with this, however make sure to be semi-smart with your money. Throwing away $600 a month in student loans every month blows. If you decide to study abroad, don't spend money like your on a 6 month long spring break.
    Agree with this. The cost of college is an absolute pain. Which is really too bad because it essentially forces students to choose a major sooner rather than later, and have less opportunities to explore other programs.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    My major barely relates to my job. At least they give you a cool piece of paper.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    My degree is in Finance and I just got my MBA. I cannot comment on a degree in Finance since I am currently not in a job related to it. Although I am hoping that will change soon. However, I read a lot of articles saying that people with Finance degrees are highly sought after, even if it is not a direct Finance role. One reason my current job hired me because of my Finance degree even though any educational background could do it.

    One thing that hindered me is that I graduated in 2010 when the economy was still bad and jobs were still scarce. I was lucky to get a job, but not in my field of study. If you are interested in Finance, I would make these recommendations. 1) Join a club related to business and be heavily involved in it (Finance Club or some other business club). 2) Get a good internship (I made the mistake of being only focused on trading/investments internships and kind of ignored the corporate finance. Looking back it was a bad mistake and I have now found that I actually like the corporate and accounting side of a business).



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    ON the topic of internships. Don't be afraid to negotiate your intern offer especially if you have several offers. You would be surprised what more you can get just by asking.


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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Another piece of advice. Even though you don't know what to do, go in with some ideas of things you could do. Doesn't mean you have to stick with them, just don't finish with a degree in philosophy and realize there isn't really a job market for people who philosophize.



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    Horticulture, don't do it. Carry on.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    Another piece of advice. Even though you don't know what to do, go in with some ideas of things you could do. Doesn't mean you have to stick with them, just don't finish with a degree in philosophy and realize there isn't really a job market for people who philosophize.
    My roommate is majoring in this and he literally says that finance companies are looking for philosophy majors. I just laughed and laughed and asked why not major in finance then? ******* idiot.


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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Mass Communications with Public Relations emphasis.

    Anyone work for a company that needs some good PR?



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    Not sure how our journalism program works. We used to have this one poster on here that's in journalism and he's pretty good at it but he doesn't post anymore. Not sure what happened to him.

    Anyhow, I don't know what the hell Greenlee Journalism thingy is, but 99% of graduates that are a part of it have a job within their first 6 months of graduating. I have a buddy who got a job at the Register before they even graduated and they've had front page articles already.

    If I could go back, I'd be in journalism, no doubt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    Not sure how our journalism program works. We used to have this one poster on here that's in journalism and he's pretty good at it but he doesn't post anymore. Not sure what happened to him.

    Anyhow, I don't know what the hell Greenlee Journalism thingy is, but 99% of graduates that are a part of it have a job within their first 6 months of graduating. I have a buddy who got a job at the Register before they even graduated and they've had front page articles already.

    If I could go back, I'd be in journalism, no doubt.
    Not too hard when it is such a bad paper haha


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    Re: Whats your major in?

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    My degree is in Finance and I just got my MBA. I cannot comment on a degree in Finance since I am currently not in a job related to it. Although I am hoping that will change soon. However, I read a lot of articles saying that people with Finance degrees are highly sought after, even if it is not a direct Finance role. One reason my current job hired me because of my Finance degree even though any educational background could do it.

    One thing that hindered me is that I graduated in 2010 when the economy was still bad and jobs were still scarce. I was lucky to get a job, but not in my field of study. If you are interested in Finance, I would make these recommendations. 1) Join a club related to business and be heavily involved in it (Finance Club or some other business club). 2) Get a good internship (I made the mistake of being only focused on trading/investments internships and kind of ignored the corporate finance. Looking back it was a bad mistake and I have now found that I actually like the corporate and accounting side of a business).
    Can somewhat echo. I got a degree in Acct and Finance. Agree on your point of internships. ISU kids aren't getting top line trading/investment internships anywhere outside of Iowa, so slim pickins. The club doesn't necessarily have to be a business club as most if not all clubs have a treasurer.

    Business degrees are nice because any company essentially needs some sort of business knowledge/operations. To go with that, there are a lot of business majors to compete with. An accounting or finance degree will set you apart a little more than marketing or management, but that's if you want to do that.

    I went into school wanting to be an accountant and came out with both the degrees. I am currently in an accounting role, but am striving for a more finance related job (currently studying for my CFA). No offense to the MBA crowd, but I think that degree is losing it's moxie.

    Anyways, just take the gen ed classes. What did you like in HS? Give something related a try. If I did it all over again, I probably wouldn't do accounting. Take your time and choose what you truly like, you don't realize it now, but college will be some of your favorite years and you have a lot of freedom to try things, meet people, and find what you really like. Take advantage of it.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Dairy Science, work in dairy research now.

    If you have any interest in bioinformatics, genetics, statistics, computer programming, math, and a little knowledge or liking of agriculture (especially production animals, in my experience), you could write your offer - especially if you get an advanced degree.

    Like the previous kiddos said, our College of Ag is truly one of the best. I was at a genetics conference earlier this year and damn near everyone who was a speaker/keynote/person of importance had been through ISU at some point in their training or career. Highly, highly respected university in animal/dairy science (I can't speak for the other Ag majors, but it seems very similar).

    Oh, and whatever you do, join a club or organization related to your major and get an internship. The first will often lead to the second. And the second will likely lead to a job.



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    Pretty sure the LA Clippers may be needing some.



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    Dairy Science, work in dairy research now.

    If you have any interest in bioinformatics, genetics, statistics, computer programming, math, and a little knowledge or liking of agriculture (especially production animals, in my experience), you could write your offer - especially if you get an advanced degree.

    Like the previous kiddos said, our College of Ag is truly one of the best. I was at a genetics conference earlier this year and damn near everyone who was a speaker/keynote/person of importance had been through ISU at some point in their training or career. Highly, highly respected university in animal/dairy science (I can't speak for the other Ag majors, but it seems very similar).

    Oh, and whatever you do, join a club or organization related to your major and get an internship. The first will often lead to the second. And the second will likely lead to a job.
    Plus they make ice cream on campus


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