Our Golden Career Paths

by Kristina on July 30, 2010 · 5 comments

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Happy Friday DINKS.  This week we are discussing our education and our career choices. As a DINK we are currently working, and hopefully we are successful at our jobs.  My question to you is…Are you happy at work?

So often we fall into a career that we never planned.  Finance was never supposed to be on my career path.  I was accepted into University in the Urban Planning program.  However, after four years, I graduated with a BA in Economics.  I started to work at the bank part time while I was studying full time at university.  My career grew from there.  Along the way it took an unexpected turn off the path of Urban Planning onto the road of Personal Finance.  The rest is history.

Usually, our chosen subject in school directly leads to our career upon graduation. However, how can we adjust and adapt when the unexpected happens?  When you applied to college or university what influenced your subject of choice?  If you are an Accountant, have you always liked numbers? If you are a Nurse, have you always been a caregiver or provider? Sometimes life is unexpected, but sometimes it is planned.

There are many things that influence a person’s decision for a chosen subject or a career choice. Sometimes we follow our hearts and choose what we love.  Sometimes we choose a job that we like a little bit, and that we do very well.  Some other times, we just follow the path that has already been paved for us.

According to CNNMoney Science, Math, and Engineering majors earn the highest salaries during their careers. However, the article also says that your school of choice is just as important of a decision as your subject major. When you chose your major at college or university did you choose a subject where jobs were high in demand, or a subject that you really loved?

Here are some other articles that we rounded up for your reading pleasure. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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1 Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog July 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

Thanks for including me in your round up. It’s funny that you were an urban planning student. I’ve been trying to get into the field for a while now (I have my masters in it) but I’m still making maps like I have for the past 4 years (I started part time at university as well)

2 Khaleef @ KNS Financial July 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I actually did both. I got a BA and MA in Economics. I fell in love with the subject before I even knew how much Economists made. What’s really funny is that I’ve worked in finance/accounting since I graduated. It doesn’t look like I will be involved in economics anytime in the near future.

3 Tim July 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I do not know why all these articles on colleges keep spewing the myth that which college matters. It is promoting a myth for the vast majority of people. Pedigree only gets a small portion of individuals an interview at the most. Beyond your first job, where you go to college means nothing, except folks who are impressed by where you went. I have a superb pedigree and it is worth about the $2.50 cost for printing out my diplomas.

Your major, unless in a technical field, also means very little as the application in the real work world has little relevance to your studies.

the most important thing is matching cost of your education with the career field you are interested in. No sense in going to harvard to learn ancient greek, spending $250,000 for your undergrad when you will only be making $45k when you graduate.

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