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What is the best course of action here?

  1. Jan 29, 2013 #1
    I'm at a point in life where, I really need to make the right decision. I want to make my parents proud. I've screwed up in college several times due to laziness and I feel bad that I'm making my parents spend so much money to send me to college. So, I would really appreciate it if you guys took the time to read this post and try your best to answer.

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    -I want a degree that is very versatile
    -I want to make six figures ( It'll make my parents proud. They want me to achieve this salary as well)
    -CS appears to be a generic degree and I fear that there is too much competition
    -EE appears to be versatile and I doubt there's competition b/c it's very hard
    -I want do software development but I learned that a software engineering/comp sci degree is not required
    -I considered doing comp sci alone b/c it wont take as long to finish as EE
    -I have a cousin who is an IT manager and another cousin whose husband is a software developer.
    -I also considered doing EE and taking a few comp sci courses so that I can potentially be a software developer and if that doesn't work, I'll have EE to fall back on
    - I'm a sophomore in college. My Gpa is 2.56 b/c I was being lazy initially but I will put in serious work.
    -Please give me feedback.
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2013 #2
    So if you decide you want to be a school teacher, which pays five figures, your parents will not be proud of you?
     
  4. Jan 29, 2013 #3

    berkeman

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    My initial vote would be for this option:

    "-I also considered doing EE and taking a few comp sci courses so that I can potentially be a software developer and if that doesn't work, I'll have EE to fall back on"
     
  5. Jan 29, 2013 #4

    jim hardy

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    there's your answer. No pain, no gain.

    My opinion - Berkeman hit it.
     
  6. Jan 29, 2013 #5
    Why were you lazy in the past?

    What has changed to make you think you won't be lazy in the future?

    If you had to pay for your own education, would you value it more?

    You think that because EE is very hard it won't be very competitive? Really?

    Do you think it is more likely there are multiple jobs for every applicant or multiple applicants for every job?

    If you were an IT manager and had to choose between applicants with bachelor's or master's degrees and someone without a degree, who would you choose?

    If you try EE and it doesn't work out and then decide to try comp sci just because you've taken a few classes, based on a resume like that, I'd be very surprised if you'd be invited to an interview.

    You want to do software development and have heard that a software engineering or a comp sci degree is not required? Do you think software developers without a degree are likely to earn six figures, especially with a history of laziness?
     
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