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Re: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.

Postby electoralfraud » Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:42 pm UTC

Gelsamel wrote:
electoralfraud wrote:Myself: Philosophy at Birkbeck college UOL (Politics/17th century German/Mind)


How do you plan on getting a job?

Bachelor of Science (Physics) here.


With relative ease? You don't have to study a degree directly related to a job...

You know a lot of physics graduates actually go on to become accountants, actuaries and bankers?

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Postby Alisto » Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:23 pm UTC

Ren wrote:
Alisto wrote:Mechanical Engineering. This is after going two years as a Music major.


What was your instrument as a music major?


Trumpet. I was going to go into Music Education, but I switched to MechE instead.
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Postby davef » Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:23 pm UTC

Wow, a helluvalotta really brainy people here! (As if we didn't know that already...)

I thought about studying pure maths or physics but ended up deciding on Aeronautical Engineering at Limerick University (ten years ago this September, Jesus I'm getting old...) I left halfway through second year because I finally realised that I wanted to be a musician. Or rather, I realised that I WAS/IS/AM a musician and had to persue it, instead of putting it off and getting the degree 'to fall back on if the music doesn't work out'.

Then I did a two year course in Popular Music Performance in Dublin, worked in a guitar shop for a couple of years, finally started getting some professional gigs, did another one year course in theory/improvisation/that kind of thing and have been playing professionally ever since.

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All being well I should be qualified by the time I am in my mid 30's. :oops:


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Postby Mister_Penguin » Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:27 pm UTC

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Re: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.

Postby SpitValve » Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:41 pm UTC

electoralfraud wrote:You know a lot of physics graduates actually go on to become accountants, actuaries and bankers?


Some of them go on Wall Street and make ridiculous sums of money.

Such is the price of one's soul.

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Postby Pebbles » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:30 am UTC

Bachelor of Librarianship and Corporate Information Management
It actually IS as boring as it sounds, but very practical. meaning at the end i will be able to get a job with it. Im doing my minor in Geography.
I have to say tho, im very jealous of people who do philosophy and arts and history cause i find that sort of thing so much more interesting... unfortunatly i was convinced that i should pick a practical degree instead of something only interesting.. a whole term in and im already regretting it.
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Re: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.

Postby Gelsamel » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:43 am UTC

electoralfraud wrote:
Gelsamel wrote:
electoralfraud wrote:Myself: Philosophy at Birkbeck college UOL (Politics/17th century German/Mind)


How do you plan on getting a job?

Bachelor of Science (Physics) here.


With relative ease? You don't have to study a degree directly related to a job...

You know a lot of physics graduates actually go on to become accountants, actuaries and bankers?


I know, it's just I was thinkin' it'd be awesome to do philosophy because it's awesome to talk about, and the logic section would be fucking awesome to study. But then I thought how the hell would someone get a job that actually used that stuff? I couldn't think of any job that would use it, except maybe some religious things.
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Postby Xayma » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:28 am UTC

Bachelor of Science (Advanced), majoring in Physics at the University of Sydney

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Re: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.

Postby fjafjan » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:41 am UTC

electoralfraud wrote:With relative ease? You don't have to study a degree directly related to a job...


For Capitalistic thinkers this is insane, but I agree with you, knowledge is not just a question of productivity but personal enjoyment.

I actually have to chose today what to apply for I am torn between

Physics/engineering
Anthropology
Sociology
Psychology
Sociology
Philosophy

So much to learn!
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Postby fynch » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:44 pm UTC

I'd like to get into a good Cognitive Science program. After that I could branch out into any of its disciplines. I could go into education, computer science, artificial intelligence, psych, or pretty much anything that interested me.

I think I will minor in Music or Spanish. I dunno.

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Postby Daem0hn » Sun Apr 15, 2007 2:33 pm UTC

i vote engineering, better pay at the end of it (on average) and is more applicable than most of it.
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Postby el sjaako » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:30 pm UTC

A lot of CS students! I thought there would be a larger amount of mathematicians, but I suppose that whenever you go to the good parts of the internet, you will find them swarming with CS students (not that there's anything wrong with that . :) )
I myself hope to study mathematics at the university of Leiden nest year. I was planning to study mathematics somewhere anyway, and I went there thursday and friday for a thing about real numbers. I guess I fell in love.

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Postby saxmaniac1987 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:07 pm UTC

I'm finishing up my first year at Lebanon Valley College (it's near Hershey, PA)... Dual majoring-- I'll leave the college with a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in Jazz Studies. My major instrument is alto sax, but I also sing (bass II). Music majors represent! hah.
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Re: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.

Postby electoralfraud » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

Gelsamel wrote:I know, it's just I was thinkin' it'd be awesome to do philosophy because it's awesome to talk about, and the logic section would be fucking awesome to study. But then I thought how the hell would someone get a job that actually used that stuff? I couldn't think of any job that would use it, except maybe some religious things.


Anything with analytical work or writing really. The main transferable skills are scientific method (loosely)(methodology is kind of like the study of scientific method), logic (up to and including predicate and modal), reasoning skills in general, argument construction and deconstruction, writing skills, analysis of text, thinking creatively, etc...

Logic, Methodology, Epistemology and Ethics all tend to be compulsory modules in a philosophy degree; you you get a lot of good grounding, its not all talking about the existence of god/s and stuff (as people tend to assume). We recently had a couple of lectures on probability for methodology, etc...
Also you can take modules such as philosophy of maths ("Where are the numbers!"), psychology, language, etc... Although these aren't exclusive areas, you tend to end up doing a little bit of everything at some point along the line, not just your specialisations.

A lot of people go into the IT industry, the civil service, journalism, politics and marketing. Oh and some in law as well. Hell, pretty much anywhere, its quite flexible; although 'big business' tends to still look down on it as a degree. Oh well, no citibank for me.

Notably Ricky Gervais is a UOL philosophy graduate 8)

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Postby Ren » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:46 pm UTC

Representin'! Everyone knows music majors are more saxy than anyone else.
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Postby Mairead » Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:10 pm UTC

I want to do astro physics.
But I have still a looong way to go...

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Postby miles01110 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:29 pm UTC

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Postby niko7865 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:32 pm UTC

miles01110 wrote:BS in physics, emphasis on experimental high energy. I got a job working on ATLAS at CERN this summer...


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Postby miles01110 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 7:17 pm UTC

Me too, that's why I'm not into astrophysics :-)

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Postby warriorness » Sun Apr 15, 2007 7:34 pm UTC

Computer Science (likely with a minor in mathematics or something similar)! Probably at Carnegie Mellon.
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Postby peace » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:23 pm UTC

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Postby elminster » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:48 pm UTC

Final year in BSc computer science, hertfordshire uni (I could have gone better, infact i was accepted at goldsmiths london uni, but this location was the easiest option). Although im planning to do a number of years work then decide if i need a MSc.
Possibly a short course into philosophy(mainly epistemology parts though).
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Postby joeframbach » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:24 am UTC

warriorness wrote:Computer Science (likely with a minor in mathematics or something similar)! Probably at Carnegie Mellon.

So you plan on attending AsiaU?

At the University of Pittsburgh, I'm finishing up my third year double-majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in German. I plan to graduate on time in the Spring of 2008 then go to grad school here. Pitt offers a dual-masters in CS and Math. It requires 13 courses and a thesis for two masters degrees, as opposed to 8 courses and a thesis for a single degree. Sounds like it's worth it.

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Postby warriorness » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:36 am UTC

joeframbach wrote:
warriorness wrote:Computer Science (likely with a minor in mathematics or something similar)! Probably at Carnegie Mellon.

So you plan on attending AsiaU?

At the University of Pittsburgh, I'm finishing up my third year double-majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in German. I plan to graduate on time in the Spring of 2008 then go to grad school here. Pitt offers a dual-masters in CS and Math. It requires 13 courses and a thesis for two masters degrees, as opposed to 8 courses and a thesis for a single degree. Sounds like it's worth it.


What's AsiaU; I've not heard of it. Also, U Pitt is the one with the big tall gothic-style tower, right? Two minutes' walk from CMU campus, etc? There are so many colleges in Pittsburgh that I don't even know half of them.

If so, did you ever take any courses at CMU? I hear the two colleges let students take classes for credit at each other's campus.
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warriorness wrote:What's AsiaU; I've not heard of it. Also, U Pitt is the one with the big tall gothic-style tower, right? Two minutes' walk from CMU campus, etc? There are so many colleges in Pittsburgh that I don't even know half of them.

If so, did you ever take any courses at CMU? I hear the two colleges let students take classes for credit at each other's campus.


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Postby Tractor » Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:07 pm UTC

So...a lot of BS in CS around here then.
I am but one more, although I finished the degree almost 2 years ago.
It's crazy to think that I've now been part of the 'real world' for 2 years.
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Postby Fernanthonies » Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:20 pm UTC

Also a CS student. I'm about 2 1/2 weeks from finishing by BS, and then in July i start on my Masters of Interactive technology in digital game design at the Guildhall at SMU
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Postby NightStar » Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:25 am UTC

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Postby OmenPigeon » Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:52 am UTC

NightStar wrote:someone please tell me it stops eventually.


Well, at the very worst it stops in two years. I'm not sure what it is, but if it's related to college, there's a time limit.

Or you could stop it yourself. Use your engineering skills to build cheap-yet-sturdy housing in some third-world country where that sort of thing is sorely needed. It might sound crazy, but in five years, whats going to be the cooler story, "I gradutated with a BS and now design flanges for a major American firm" or "I dropped out of school and built three thousand houses in Bangladesh"?

Probably not the most practical or sane guidance, but hey, thats what the internet is for. Random strangers giving you bad advice.
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Postby NightStar » Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:58 am UTC

ah...well, I was referring to second-guessing yourself on your choice of major/career. However, I think I'm gradually coming to terms with the fact that my life doesn't have to proceed according to any "correct path". Perhaps I will end up building houses in Bangladesh, or some other option that seems equally impossible right now.
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Postby evilbeanfiend » Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:29 am UTC

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Postby robcro » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:12 pm UTC

6th form (age = 17 and dont know the U.S equivelent) and im studying Maths, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics. I say studying this last week is the 1st time i have actually done anywork, and the trend looks to continue, at least until a week monday.

Although even now im not doing that much work.

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Postby KaneElson » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:45 pm UTC

I am studying software development atm, a year or so left.

After that I might do something for a couple of years then go study something else. To be honest I am already sick of programming so I think I will be forced to retrain after not too long.

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Postby Hawknc » Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:05 pm UTC

Fifth and final year of BEng (Mech)/BTech (Aero) at Monash University. Essentially a double degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. This year's good fun so far, mostly because my thesis project involves experimental testing of a commercial UAV inside a wind tunnel, with the work I'm doing potentially finding its way onto the next generation of this aircraft which gets used by the private sector and the military. Once I'm out, though, current options are:
-Mining engineering (big money)
-Building services (easy money)
-Automotive/aerospace (teh funness)

All of which I've applied to and have potential options in. Hopefully I get a job with the likes of BAE Systems, Boeing, GM Holden et al at the end of the year, but if I've gotta do some time earning $80k in a pit first, then so be it.

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Postby Mellyphant » Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:52 pm UTC

Someday I might get a degree in nuclear engineering, but the mathematics involved would probably kick my ass... And the idea of going to school to learn how to do what I've already been doing for 7 years kinda annoys me. Oh well.. Time will tell.

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Postby p-f » Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:25 pm UTC

BSc in Computer science at the university of sherbrooke, I just started my second year.

I've been toying with the idea of going back to college to do the required physics and chemistry classes to get into Waterloo in nanotechnology engineering though. Slight problem: the prerequisites would take about a year to get and the nanotechnology degree is four years (plus the tuition is more expensive than the other degrees because of all the required specialized equipment, somewhere around 6400$/semester).

Has anyone heard of that program? It seems fairly new / unique. http://www.nanotech.uwaterloo.ca/ is the main wobpage.
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