Did I fuck up by not majoring in Computer Science? STEM Vs. Liberal Arts

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Re: Did I fuck up by not majoring in Computer Science? STEM Vs. Liberal Arts

Postby Scott 2 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:51 pm

Have you looked at becoming an actuary? They get paid well, great hours, great job prospects. Math required.

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Re: Did I fuck up by not majoring in Computer Science? STEM Vs. Liberal Arts

Postby James_0011 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:38 pm


Yes that is looking like it is going to be my plan. I'm attempting to find an internship in product management for a tech company (many of the ads say bachelors in math, cs, economics, or business), but if that doesn't workout I am going to study for the actuarial exams.

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Re: Did I fuck up by not majoring in Computer Science? STEM Vs. Liberal Arts

Postby Andre900 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:54 pm

Others have already said it - olaz, you didn't enjoy the one CS course you took, so that's a very strong indication that you wouldn't enjoy or be successful at a CS career. If you want to earn a higher salary than a regular liberal arts major, you might see if you have the interest and aptitude in one of the several engineering disciplines, or even consider training for a skilled trade.

I was very mechanically inclined as a child and as a teen; worked on cars and had jobs in an auto repair shop and at Radio Shack. Personal computers weren't widespread in the late '70s, and I had no experience w/ computers or programming when I started community college in 1981. I had thought I wanted to be a police officer, but after one year as a criminal justice major (super easy coursework), I realized I could be a police officer w/ any degree and wanted something more marketable and potentially lucrative, and transferred to a more prestigious 4-year college and switched my major to Computer Science.

I excelled in my CS major and graduated at the top of my class, and was quickly hired by a large tech company at an excellent salary ($35K in 1985!). While I enjoyed studying CS and was a top student, I quickly learned that the day-to-day job of a junior software engineer was a bit of a drag and I was outperformed by many of my peers, but still competent enough to get my job done. After thirteen years with two different companies, I went back to school full-time to earn my MBA. While my 720 GMAT wasn't good enough to get me into my first choice, Stanford, it did get me a nearly full tuition scholarship at a top 40 MBA program.

Earning my MBA got me out of the code-monkey business and opened up many opportunities for different kinds of white collar employment across a broad range of industries; and got me some enhanced on-the-job respect. On the other hand, due to the "Great Recession," a couple of layoffs and blown opportunities, and crushing competition, my salary today is exactly what it was before I started the MBA in 1998, well below six-figures. Nonetheless, due to long-term, relatively low cost of living, high savings rate, low-risk investing, and two serendipitous real estate investments (and a lot of sweat equity), my net worth hit $1 million by age 50.

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