cafe_58 wrote: stomperrob wrote:
cafe_58 wrote:Just curious JTWoods, I am in my last year of Univeristy and will graduate with a degree in Economics with a minor in Management. I haven't heard many good things about the job prospects from people with Economic degrees. I don't want to steal the thread or make this guidance night at the cafe, but I was wondering what you are planning to do with an Economics degree.
At good ol' U of C??? I got my degree in Economics there - Class of '74 (guess that makes me one of the old farts here, lol).
Yup, at the good ol' U of C! Please tell me something good stomperobb. I have a few friends that graduated already with their Econ degree and they're doing what I use to do: telemarketing.
I think i'm going to go teach english overseas for a year or two, but i'll have to face the "real" world sooner or later.
Edit: reading the previous posts about how sales oriented the finance field made me think about my time as a telemarketer. The money was great, especially for a student (roughly $20/hour), but I couldn't handle the stress it brought during the school year. It definitely takes a certain personality to sell over the phone, and I imagine that this applies to the financial planning industry.
I'm not a good example - I didn't put my degree to good use, lol! Well, at first I did - went into the personnel field for a couple years - not a bad area to get into (my old boss started his own executive search company and did really well). I got really bored with the whole 8 - 4, suit and tie, punch a clock routine - at that age I was an adrenaline junkie and wanted some excitement in my life so I decided to join the police - ended up liking it and stayed and retired after 26 years and I'm a stay at home Mr. Mom right now. There's actually good opportunities there in the expanding area of commercial crime - one of my buddies worked in that area and retired after 25 years, has a computer business, and also works full time as a fraud investigator for the stock market so he has 3 incomes now! It's not for everyone but I loved it. Back when I graduated it was easier to get a job with a B. Comm. - Econ was too theoretical and Commerce was considered more practical - don't know if it's still like that. One thing I had the opportunity to do that I wished I had done was to go to Australia and work for a year - at that time they were desperate for people in all sorts of fields and sponsored you to go over there - getting to see another part of the world is a valuable education so you would be wise to do that (plus now is the time to do it befoe you settle into an occupation, get married, have kids, and then then you never get around to doing it.
Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide to do!
(and good luck in our FF league!)