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I Need Help. I have a son about to enter college. What is the best career choice for him these days?

 
Concerned dad
12/20/2004 08:55 PM
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I Need Help. I have a son about to enter college. What is the best career choice for him these days?
With all the outsourcing of the technical jobs, what would be a good field of endeavor for my 19 year old son to take in college? He isnt interested in the medical filed.
Any ideas?
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Pops, consider his ambitions too! What does he like and what are his interests? Math, science, or blah blah english, art history, philosophy??
gogeta
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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A Masters in either Electrical, Civil, or Mechanical Engineering is always a safe bet. The programming and IT fields are pretty full.
Make sure any engineering degree is ABET accredited.

Check it out here first.

www.abet.org
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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asshole doctor plenty of assholes out there,everyone has one.
syzygy
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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tell him to get into a trade school, before they all go to the immigrants. pipefitters, welders, ironeworkers are always needed, as well as electricians and plumbers.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Stay away from IT, and don´t bother with a law degree. I would say nursing!
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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...undertaker...
OP Dad
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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gogeta
12/20/2004
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Thanks!!! I will definitley check it out.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Are we talking at least a Bachelor´s degree? If so, much of his work during the first 2 years will be general education courses that are required for everything. He can use this time to take some electives and explore several areas that he might be interested in. The college career center should be helpful to him as well.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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if he is interested in real work, a trade would be the way to go, that´s pretty much the only thing that can´t get outsourced

tech jobs are a waste of time

tell him to try plumbing or HVAC or electrical
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Pops, mechanical is a much safer bet than electrical, not sure about chemical. How good is your son in science? Gogeta mentioned a ´Masters,´ how about a B.S. first?? And if $$ is a problem, Junior College and transfer to a major university is a cheaper alternative.

´Read the want ads before declaring your major.´
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Humanities or Philosophy
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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The first year of college is an intense period of adjustment for your teen. They will be integrating all kinds of new life skills as well as a higher degree of personal responsibility into their life. Why preemptively pigeon hole them into a career choice? The first years of college are always about general requirements anyway. Why don´t you relax and see what direction they want to go in a year or so.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Lawyers will be needed in the nwo.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Engineering

Is where he should look, but only if he can tie his own shoes. I am not being rude but a lot go to school get degrees and cant do the job.
I DO NOT have a degree but this is what I do.
I make 25 dollars an hour.
OP Dad
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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My son loves and is good in math and science but is afraid that by the time he gets his degree the technical jobs will pretty much be outsourced.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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International Relations. Have him be a career diplomat, it´s one of the best jobs around. And as long as there´s a US government, they´ll have jobs.
gogeta
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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The reason I said Masters is in todays jobmarket, without one, you are looking at a major difference in posistion and salary. We employ about 50 people, out of those 50, we have around 6 PHD´s, and about 30 Masters.

Just helping him plan ahead. Once getting out, it is horribly hard getting that Masters while working full time in a career.
Parsingman
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Okay, since there is most likely a draft coming mid-year, maybe an education overseas.

Barring that, I´d stay away from most high-tech, as it´s being exported.

Biotech *might* be okay. Alternative medical would be good too (chiropractic, naturopath, etc.)

A trade would be good, as you can´t export a job that requires a warm body present.

Dentist, electrician, air-conditioning -- all good areas.

Software, computer stuff, IT -- all bad. There will be waaaay too much competition for too few jobs.

All this IMHO, of course.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Computer Science. All those dot com companies are just throwing money and stock options at people. There is no end in sight.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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$25 an hour isn´t much to brag about. I was offered a job that paid $20, and I´m still a sophomore in college.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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My son loves and is good in math and science but is afraid that by the time he gets his degree the technical jobs will pretty much be outsourced<<<

Only the technical sit on your ass ones.

If he WILL work and put forth ideas he will go far.

Its the lazy dope smoking morons that are being left behind.
flat rate 25 an hour 220 hours
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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get a ticket in autobody repair and refinishing
takes 4 years is reletivley cheap.If you do the research you can make as much as a doctor or lawyer in the long haul,pays 25 an hour in canada if you have ticket.
flat rate 25 an hour 220 hours
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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get a ticket in autobody repair and refinishing
takes 4 years is reletivley cheap.If you do the research you can make as much as a doctor or lawyer in the long haul,pays 25 an hour in canada if you have ticket.
flat rate 25 an hour 220 hours
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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get a ticket in autobody repair and refinishing
takes 4 years is reletivley cheap.If you do the research you can make as much as a doctor or lawyer in the long haul,pays 25 an hour in canada if you have ticket.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Pops, it is my impression the outsourcing is in lower to mid-level IT more than anything else. Engineering, as gogeta suggested, seems sound advise. Electrical engineers are not as needed now as they were 20 years ago when I was in headhunting, check Mechanical & Chemical aspects, either should be reasonably sound. Hell, if he is so worried about outsourcing, then tell him to save you the $$ and not go at all, and go the trades route. That would be a big mistake from white/blue collar. The trades you can make decent $$, but there are far too many Eastern Europeans filling in those slots at much le$$ than the Union wage.
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Don´t believe anybody.


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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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At 19 years old I was half way done, and he is not in college yet?
Raven
12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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Your best first move was to consult GLP posters to help you decide your sons future.


Hang in there!
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12/08/2005 10:10 AM
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The future is his, NOT yours. This is a decision for him to make and not you. If you want to be a good dad then back off and let him decide.
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12/13/2012 04:25 AM
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