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    I have been thinking about going back to college but I do not know what I want to do. I was going to school for accounting but the math got too hard. Math is not a personal strength of mine but vocabulary is. What would be a smart degree for me? Should I try for a liberal arts degree. If so where would that get me?


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    Looked at several programs math requirement degree in accounting. None called for more than first year calculus. That's not really a lot of math at all compared to most sciences.


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    Try to focus on a particular career that is in demand, and see whether you would be able to obtain the required education for it. It may be hard studying, but I assure you, if you persist, the outcome will all be worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    I have been thinking about going back to college but I do not know what I want to do. I was going to school for accounting but the math got too hard. Math is not a personal strength of mine but vocabulary is. What would be a smart degree for me? Should I try for a liberal arts degree. If so where would that get me?
    Consider what you have done already and how you like it or what skills really show up in those experiences. Also, try looking at multiple degrees (whether within your skill set or your interest or both) that share particular courses.

    Like, since you said accounting, business law or intro to law would be or could be required for that degree. Even though you are not focus on that subject, you still need it. So pick courses like that. that stretch from one degree to another. Then try them.

    Community college will be cheaper, and dont try for libral arts. its like a ged. I didn't even apply for one and my community college gave me one. if anything its there to show commitment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discere et Docere View Post
    Try to focus on a particular career that is in demand, and see whether you would be able to obtain the required education for it. It may be hard studying, but I assure you, if you persist, the outcome will all be worth it.
    My own personal experience is that I'm going to study something I find interesting, without considering what career options it will eventually lead to. While it may not be the wisest move, I feel that if I'm not going to enjoy the work, I'll struggle to get a good enough grade to do a postgraduate degree afterwards. I find it easier to study things I'm already interested in, which in turn should lead to it being easier to get a higher qualification.

    Picking a career option simply because it's currently in demand may not ultimately lead to the best path, especially if you eventually end up in a situation where your choice of career is no longer in demand, and you're stuck with a skill-set relevant to an area you don't really have much interest in.

    For myself, I'm going to do something I enjoy and see what options open up for me from there. That way, even if I don't get an idea job afterwards I'll not feel as if I've "wasted" my time as I'll have done something that could be considered personally fulfilling, even if it's not financially fulfilling.
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    History and law are both usually considered shortcuts into politics. If you study English you have journalism and other parts of the writing professions available including speech writing.
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    Liberal Arts Degree will put you on the path to be a teacher. English degree could put you on the path to be a teacher or an editor depending on how strong you're editing skills are.
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