Prepper Forum / Survivalist Forum banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Just thought it would be interesting to hear from users who graduated in their chosen subject/career and has it had any positive or negative situations? Such as, for example, being told too overqualified, not enough experience etc.
Has anyone ever gone back to college/university and studied something else because maybe job market has been tough?

Current Students: what do you like/dislike about your chosen studies? Do you have worries about future etc re career? Backup plans? Let us know. Older users may be able to help and advise etc. (non patronising of course; I’ll roar at them.)

If you’re happy to share, please feel free. Age is irrespective as title says past and present; share thoughts experience and can see the changes of today compared to back then. Just a bit of fun, please don’t post names of universities etc, standard rules apply.

I’ll post in a bit — having a whisky :cool:
PS: only posted this here as subject of topic is college - anyone can join. ;)
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
15,594 Posts
I tried college, but my major was beer and girls.
So I ended up in the US Army instead. I was given an excellent education, but the career field for trained killers is rather narrow.
🤣
 

·
Super Moderator
1-6 months, natural disasters or economic collapse
Joined
·
10,599 Posts
I knew what I was going to do since I was a freshman in high school.
Growing up during the computer revolution, it was starkly apparent to me that this would not be a passing fad. The world would run on computers, and I was going to program them.
It's a solid industry, unlikely to be automated until we actually crack artificial intelligence. That won't happen to any sufficient degree to push me out of the job market until I'm retired.
So my college path was pretty clear. I started on the CSE path but physics and cal2 kicked my butt, so I did the next logical thing and switched to business school. Got my degree in InfoSys and was hired almost immediately out of college by Lockheed Martin. Bounced around a bit ever since, but same field and still booming.

To current or soon-to-be college entrants, if you don't have a plan for how your chosen degree is going to support you with a career, you don't have a plan at all.
Don't go to college because "it's expected". Go to college because you know what you want to do with your life, and you know how you're going to achieve it, and you've concluded that a degree is mandatory.
If you don't know what you're going to do, or you don't require a degree to be successful in your chosen field, DON'T GO TO COLLEGE! It's a huge investment in time and money. For most, it's just a waste.
Since universities have been turning into indoctrination camps for the past 3 decades, they really should be avoided if possible.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
58 Posts
I tried college, but my major was beer and girls.
So I ended up in the US Army instead. I was given an excellent education, but the career field for trained killers is rather narrow.
🤣
After 4 years of Varsity Football, starting as a linebacker from year 2 on, starting as fullback from year 3 on, gaining 1049 yards in 200 carry’s year 4, I was a number 2 draft pick out of high school.

May 1970 - Graduated High School
Jun 1970 - Uncle Sam picked me #2 in his draft.
Jul 1970 - Started the become a Medic path.

College was pretty much out of the picture for me at that time.
 
  • Like
Reactions: rice paddy daddy

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I knew what I was going to do since I was a freshman in high school.
Growing up during the computer revolution, it was starkly apparent to me that this would not be a passing fad. The world would run on computers, and I was going to program them.
It's a solid industry, unlikely to be automated until we actually crack artificial intelligence. That won't happen to any sufficient degree to push me out of the job market until I'm retired.
So my college path was pretty clear. I started on the CSE path but physics and cal2 kicked my butt, so I did the next logical thing and switched to business school. Got my degree in InfoSys and was hired almost immediately out of college by Lockheed Martin. Bounced around a bit ever since, but same field and still booming.

To current or soon-to-be college entrants, if you don't have a plan for how your chosen degree is going to support you with a career, you don't have a plan at all.
Don't go to college because "it's expected". Go to college because you know what you want to do with your life, and you know how you're going to achieve it, and you've concluded that a degree is mandatory.
If you don't know what you're going to do, or you don't require a degree to be successful in your chosen field, DON'T GO TO COLLEGE! It's a huge investment in time and money. For most, it's just a waste.
Since universities have been turning into indoctrination camps for the past 3 decades, they really should be avoided if possible. Proctoredu is the only bright spot in the whole testing system :(
I am also getting more and more sceptical about higher education. On the other hand I see no alternatives :( I don't think that, say, home education can be a reasonable replacement, my opinion.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
15,594 Posts
After 4 years of Varsity Football, starting as a linebacker from year 2 on, starting as fullback from year 3 on, gaining 1049 yards in 200 carry’s year 4, I was a number 2 draft pick out of high school.

May 1970 - Graduated High School
Jun 1970 - Uncle Sam picked me #2 in his draft.
Jul 1970 - Started the become a Medic path.

College was pretty much out of the picture for me at that time.
I know what your avatar represents, many others here probably don't.
Anyone with the CMB is a hero in my book.
If i haven't said it before, Welcome Home, Brother.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
58 Posts
I’m not a hero. The guys had my back, I had theirs. Three have their names on a wall in DC. Intellectually I know I did everything I could do to keep them alive. But it took a while to reconcile myself to that reality

You know the scene in “The Guardian” when Costner said the only number that mattered was the number he couldn’t save? It was like he stopped, turned to face me and said “You know exactly what I mean don’t you?”
Eerie.

Back at you on the welcome home.

Since 1986, anytime I see someone wearing the hat or a T-shirt I ask if they were there. If the answer is yes I say:
“Once upon a time;
many, many years ago;
in a land far, far away;
the guys all called me Doc.
Welcome home Brother/Sister. “

Over the years I’ve had three vets tell me I was the first non-family member to welcome them home.

I had the honor to say that to a Frozen Chosin Marine in front of his GrandChildren and his Son. I told them that he would tell them he was nobody special but that anyone who was a part of that was a stone, cold, solid hero in my book.
 
  • Like
Reactions: rice paddy daddy

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
I managed to afford college thanks to a loan and the Pell grant. I got my Associates degree in electrical engineering. Looking back I find that Job experience is weighted more heavily than a degree but having that check marked for having a degree opens doors for you even if you don't go into that field. Also there are some things that you learn in college that you can use for the rest of your life, I would suggest trying it out for a semester or two to anyone who hasn't been just to be able to write "some college" on your resume and to take the general studies 101 courses. See if it is for you then pick a major later. Also taking a short course here or there for a certificate then going straight to working is a viable option if money is tight.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,214 Posts
After 4 years of Varsity Football, starting as a linebacker from year 2 on, starting as fullback from year 3 on, gaining 1049 yards in 200 carry’s year 4, I was a number 2 draft pick out of high school.

May 1970 - Graduated High School
Jun 1970 - Uncle Sam picked me #2 in his draft.
Jul 1970 - Started the become a Medic path.

College was pretty much out of the picture for me at that time.
Wow..highly similar story for me but I was a pretty competent defense tackle since 7th grade four of high school and a couple at collge to avoid gettting killed in the rice paddies. Decided to be a Texas Highway Petroleum in 70 with a draft notice in my pocket after laying out a semester..they were drafting folks left and right out of the 4 month long school...but the guy who ran it said he would send a letter to anybodys draft board who was in danger and mine gave me another student deferment till the hitting high in the lotto ball drawing for 20 year olds in 71? Spent 37 years as some version of a cop. Got saved at age 40 and and went to Bible College for two years and they gave credit for previous hours and gave me a BA in Pastoral Theology. Started a small Church on graduation which lasted for a while..but didnt prosper for several reasons...then several years trying to dispense Biblical Counseling by email on the internet and ran a Christain oriented Regnegade BBS ..not that any young folks ever heard of those. Currently I claim to the the head Preacher of the Church in my backyard which sometimes poses as the mancave. The name of the Chruch is "Nine Acres Bible Church," which is what its predecessor was called. Anybody who clowns around on Fake Book is welcome to pop by to our online ministry called..Christianity What do you think? We dont mind arguing with lost sinners over there.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top