Artificial.intelligence Article Summary:

A recent article delved into the “most regretted majors” of college graduates. It shows the average salary and discusses the narrow range of work opportunities stemming from these fields of study. The article shows a great flaw in our education system today: students are not studying what they enjoy and  do not enjoy academics while attending college.

Too many blind people attend higher education assuming that with it, they will have financial security, and with financial security, they will find happiness. It is become commonplace for high school graduates to attend college, with the “failures” jumping into the working life instead. To prevent people from ending up with a major they regret, students need to sit down, determine what they are passionate about, and study something relating to that rather than studying what they perceive will provide the most wealth. Conversely, students need to stop being ashamed of admitting that college is not for them, and should join the workforce if that is what they feel is best for them.

Article reference: 

Top 5 Most Regretted Majors – Catherine Conlan – Yahoo – 2013 – Retrieved from http://career-services.monster.com/yahooarticle/top-5-most-regretted-majors#WT.mc_n=yta_fpt_article_most_regretted_majors

Comments (12)

  1. Henry

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    I hear this sentiment so much around college, especially when I was an engineering major my freshman year. A lot of people would talk about the employment and money opportunities that come from the major, but they didn’t mention what about engineering they were passionate about. I think this stems from a larger societal problem people believing there is a separation between doing what you’re good at and what you are passionate about. KSM tells us those two are intertwined.

  2. Rizwan Assainar

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    I always vouched for the selection of any majors based on our interest. Back in my country, the culture is you become an engineer and then you think what to do next. With or without interest this has become a minimum requirement. When I did my undergrad course back in my country, I used to ask my friends is it by chance or choice you opted civil engineering. Unfortunately, 90% answered by “chance”. I had one friend of mine who got placed in Schlumberger (Leading oil and gas company), he was delighted with the pay in the beginning and later he realized this wasn’t his interest and his planning on quitting. Adverse effects indeed ! One has to introspect in-depth to understand their interests and passion before they take a life changing decisions.

  3. Camille Armendariz

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    I think that people regret these majors the most because of the lower payer and the low demand for fields that require this major. I feel that the people who regret these majors are the ones that are going to college just to get a degree and really do not have much of an idea of what they want to do because the five careers mentioned were pretty broad. By blindly jumping into school, these people are trying to control their futures thinking that if they get a degree they will have a job and be happy. What they don’t realize is that having a job/money won’t make you happy and that they can’t control anything but themselves. They should focus on finding something they love and helping others because because even if the pay and demand is low, they won’t regret their major because they will still be enjoying themselves.

  4. Alejandro Mendez

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    Here are students that are not relying on their strengths and passions in their careers, and thereby making work easier. People will often do better in career fields that connect to their interests because they will be able to progress through the cycle of learning efficiently. Since many students take majors that they are unhappy with, they will often find themselves “roadblocked” because it is a field in which they typically will have less information. Some will try to control and others will make risky decisions because it is essentially a field that they are not comfortable with. A less stressful career choice will enable them to rise higher in proficiency, and will most likely allow them to achieve the wealth that they are looking for.

  5. D.J. Burton

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    While the risk of not being able to find a post-graduation job is something very little people have the information to fully ascertain, it is very clear that enduring happiness is a much more prevalent result with those who “do what they love”. Unfortunately this seemingly obvious notion is clouded by the financial responsibility coupled with adulthood which seems to be misappropriated as the primary concern.

  6. Hossein Vashani

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    Each year, the similar issue happens in my country, IRAN. Talented students try to pass the entrance exam to enter to engineering majors because of money but a big number of them are not satisfied with their majors that in university. They have acted like blind people who can not understand conditions. However, making money is also important because when you do not have money in your life, you can not live easily. a Type A person in this situation is a person who can consider and discover dominant information before choosing his major. Using from experts’ experience can be another aspect helping us to discover more natural laws and conditions then the situation will be much clearer so we do not need to make a decision because by having dominant information, the result would be predictable. When a person choose the major by the use of dominant information, he will move faster and faster in the cycle of perceiving, processing, applying, and changing. Therefore, they tend to attend university and move faster in this cycle enthusiastically.

  7. Emily Regan

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    I agree that a person’s drive to succeed in life is usually based on happiness rather than money. However, I think there are instances where these too issues overlap. Personally, I would completely advocate taking the riskier career path and doing something that you care about rather than something that will make you wealthy. To some people though, money is the end goal. I don’t think it is fair to judge these people or to perceive that they are missing out on the true meaning of life.

  8. Nicolas

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    I think many people are unreasonably hesitant to pursue a major of personal interest because they feel their future will potentially lack financial security, causing them to face more difficulties, and thereby not experiencing as much happiness in life. However, it seems more reasonable to think that happiness should come from surrounding oneself with a topic of interest, regardless of whether it will result in a lower salary later in life. Too often people struggle through difficult majors only to end up without any interest in their career.

  9. Alex G.

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    I have a much different interpretation of the source article than the one that Mr. Seip came to in his summary. One of the things I noticed in all five of the most regretted majors was a relatively low average pay, compared with the average income of a college graduate, and the slim job prospects for all five of the most regretted majors. I agree that it is much more important to choose a degree that you love and are genuinely interested in, but it is also important to factor in job prospects, income, etc. on certain degrees. It is also on the individual to be creative and actively seek out jobs that they are qualified for and will love when they show up everyday.

  10. Ethan

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    I currently have a number of friends that I know with bachelors and/or graduate degree, who cannot find a career path that they enjoy, or haven’t even been able to find a job out of college. The said degrees are not liberal arts either, they are in the fields of study of engineering and chemistry. It is unfortunate to witness people enter into a major of choice solely based upon getting a good salary, or financial security. I have heard said that if you do what you love the money will follow. Being aligned to what you most enjoy and are best at will increase the value of your life tremendously, including financially. The author also raises a good point that many students are just not fit to be going to a college university. I would recommend finding out what your good at and who you are early in your education to know what it is you are good at.

  11. Teja

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    That’s true, instead just jumping into a program, its better to discuss with people who are teaching this program so that one can have clear idea about the outcomes of that program and can know about the subjects he is going to deal with. With this information one can decide to take the program or not and this can be helpful instead taking the program blindly and regretting later.

  12. Saransh Noel Prasad

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    I totally agree with the article instead of rushing in to a graduate degree program, people should work for sometime. This way it gives them the opportunity to practically see that what they have learnt and are doing makes them happy and satisfied or not. Only after this should they think that a graduate degree is required should they do it. Another process that would help such people would be the Best Value method by IMT which would definitely help them realise what is best for themselves and then pursue it.

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