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    Default Major to study in

    I have options of what major i would like to study this year

    • Information Security
    • Networking
    • Programming
    • Software Engineering


    Which one has lots of practical work, requires less communication skills, and is easiest?
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    When studying at uni the ONLY question has to be:

    Which one do I like the most, regardless of how easy or hard is it?
    Meh....

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    Or which one would earn the most, if you pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by qazwsxokmijn View Post
    When studying at uni the ONLY question has to be:

    Which one do I like the most, regardless of how easy or hard is it?
    I have to choose before Feb, thats before the course starts.
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    You have to enjoy it... unless you're planning on dropping out, you're going to be doing it for three years. If you want an easy course go to polytech and get taught how to suck eggs.

    Also, this is really OT for this thread. You really need to be in the "General" area:
    http://pressf1.co.nz/forumdisplay.php?f=5

    If I weren't sure at this stage then I wouldn't go to Uni. What's wrong with taking a year off and doing some actual work? You may actually find something you'll enjoy and save yourself a lot of grief. Also, Uni's too expensive to screw around, so you'll save yourself (or your parents or whatever) a lot of money.
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    Marketing or management if you want majors that are easy (read also: useless)
    All the technology and software in the universe is useless when the end user has the IQ of a sack of hammers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax34 View Post
    Marketing or management if you want majors that are easy (read also: useless)
    That would mean to half the majors at uni then. Generally employers find them useful degrees with work experience it opens to generic employment such as a assistant, a analyst leading to team leader or manager etc. Witht that you can get into policy analyst, comms analyst, records mgmt, benchmarking, data analyst etc etc. Many jobs don't need a data background or a stats background to get those jobs. Many jobs use very simple database, you be surprise how manualised many database are. The odd time you may need a manual count.

    I wouldn't say they easy. You need to be decent essay writers, pretty much the exams are just essay writing. Class time, maybe write an essay every 2 weeks then you have the larger essay maybe 2 per sem and then the end of yr exam which may require 6 essays in the 3hr.

    If they are easy, then you could get a honours degree

    My only advice is what job do you really want? Then match the course to that. Uni might be too theoretical depending on what you wanna end up in.

    IT jobs would require a specialised qualification and maybe industry certifications.

    If you are looking at middle management jobs like at head office, then it generally does not matter but those jobs has a lot of communication tasks - drafting reports, letters etc .. for the manager to sign off etc. After some work experience a DBA or a MBA is useful to have. You be surprised some people who work in customer service enrol in because they find it good qualification to have.

    If you are into programming for eg. this can be tied into larger companies and govt depts. Even thou you are doing the programming and stress testing etc etc... Because you are the skilled in the know how, you will be tasked to write some of the reports that goes to steering group committees maybe on a monthly basis to give an update included in their meeting pack. In regards to how timing goes, ie., workload, peaks and troughs and time management etc etc .. in everyone's work life, it may be required to write up a memo and a report in a little as 2 or 3 days. You will also be tasked to write reports such as design reports, consultation reports, implentation reports, user guides, etc etc.... help in pilot the project to a group, then advise the company about on the whole and to support them after the project has gone "live".
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    What you young guys need to study is the "major road ahead"


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    Any degree will earn you money have a niece with a fluffy degree (Art history) I have a trade she earns 3 times what I do doing a job that is not exactly hard but she only got by having a degree. Yeah life sucks sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Any degree will earn you money have a niece with a fluffy degree (Art history) I have a trade she earns 3 times what I do doing a job that is not exactly hard but she only got by having a degree. Yeah life sucks sometimes
    It's common for a person to have art history, philosophy, english, anthropology, psychology majors or international studies, management, marketing. Most jobs out there use basic databases, concerned about your comms skills and your relationship management skills. The only office jobs I can think of that require a specialised degree or qual, might be IT, law or finance or accounting.

    I know someone who has a degree in psychology and over work experience have worked in research positions and have skills in SQL so he is a data guy without a data degree background.

    Re: salary if you get the job doesn't relate to your degree, it is generally the job position and the level - entry, mid or senior, team leader, manager, group manager, general manager .......

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