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Neither of my parents even went to college.

My going to college was entirely of my own will. I think double majoring in Biology and Psychology suits me fairly well, and I'm planning on going to graduate school (possibly into a PhD program).

I attend a tech school, so artsy degrees are out of the question to begin with.
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As a parent, I gives my kids full flexibility to pursue whatever field they are interested in but will not pay for a degree that is not practical to finding a job. If they are interested in studying philosophy or art history, more power to them but they are going to have to pay for it on their own.
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Only idiots and crappy parents would tell their kids what they have to study. Talk about a miserable life comprised of worthless achievements.
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My dad was in architecture and my mom did fine arts and English. (Was that not the question?)

Anyway, they didn't choose my major for me. I'm in a risky field myself but my parents didn't force me to pick someone else (they did worry though).
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My dad went into engineering, his father, grandfather, and great grandfather, I believe, were all lawyers.
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I'm a first generation college graduate. My parents had no idea how to help me or guide me throughout my academic career. My mom was unable to help me with homework from 8th grade on. I had a great best friend that helped teach me the difference between college degrees. So I ended up with an IDS degree that has 4 minors as one major, leaving me open to a multitude of Master's programs to choose from. Now I make 5 times the national average income & am still seeking a PhD to solidify my name in superiority. Call it narcissism, but with less than 5% of the population having a PhD, I feel like gloating. 8% with a Master's 48% with a Bachelor's 30 someting % with post high school education.
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ivanchoFAA wrote:


Mugen417 wrote:


hbvmmviii wrote:

Absolutely not. Once you reach the age of choosing a major in college you should already have some idea of the kind of career you plan to achieve. If you don't know by the time you reach 16-19 yrs of age you are probably not spending enuff time getting to know yourself. Your parents should encourage you to discover your own plan. Even if your parents are paying for your entire education, they should be happy to help you achieve your dreams. Doctors and attorneys are no longer the only types of careers that offer success. Doing what you love is the ideal career to achieve and possibly attain success — as long as you enjoy your work you are likely to improve and master your skills, as you age.


"Overspecialize and you breed in weakness" —Major Kusanagi, Ghost In The Shell


I had this problem and my father knew it. He always told me "accounting, engineering, nursing, or pre med were the only things worth studying, everything else is a waste of time." I didn't listen and now, looking back on my decisions, I understand what he meant by that smh

I had that same problem, my dad thinks only engineering and business administration have value. He still thinks that everything related with the arts is nothing but a hobby, but I disagree there are lots of people that work as painters, actors, actress, because love what they do.


Creative careers are great! I studied art and graphic design, worked at Apple, and other large corporate agencies. I am fortunate to have decent amount of creative and academic talent, a strong work ethic and confidence. At work I was exposed to the highest grade of international clients , brands and products (FedEx, Seagate, Visa, Frito-Lay). For years, I rarely was interviewed, if at all, for new jobs because in the creative world, a designer's aesthetics and ingenuity are more important than the name of the institution attended and courses completed. Former colleagues, classmates and peers were kind enuff to vouch for me and my talents, or I was asked to take new positions at new agencies by former bosses and managers.

I find also, creative careers don't end just because of age or retirement. Creatives, artists, painters, illustrators, crafters, musicians, etc. can work well beyond retirement can even teach or train others in their fields, both formally and informally. I am a first-generation to attend college and I eventually earned way more than my parents ever did. But my mom went back to school and got her Masters (child dev and education) and now has more education than I. Back to school is always an option.
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