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Author Topic: You Want to Study What?  (Read 1275 times)
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« on: August 03, 2016, 02:09:06 pm »

You're about to sign up for classes in college. You've already declared your major. Your majoring in creative writing. What would be your minor? Photography? Pottery? Essentially, what interests you besides writing?

I think that there is a degree for any passion. At Carnegie Mellon University, you can study Bagpiping. That's right, you can learn to play the bagpipes. Job prospects? A bagpiper or teaching the bagpipes.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2016, 02:34:22 pm »

With or without unicycle and/or flamethrower?

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2016, 05:18:55 pm »

Creative writing sounds like it should be a minor. Perhaps with Marketing as the major.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2016, 05:35:50 pm »

Economics (or political science) as a major with creative writing as a minor. Seems they'd compliment each other.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2016, 05:49:10 pm »


 I have done a couple of those free  ' Start your own Business '  courses   at a local centre.  The courses are shocking funding rorts with little substance - though I met a lot of good people from diverse back grounds  and made great friends.

I learned more in my marketing  and PR papers. [ which has me thinking]
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2016, 06:29:56 pm »

Eskimology and Arctic Studies at Copenhagen.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2016, 10:38:55 pm »

Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management at Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2016, 08:56:34 am »

Major: The study of Underwater Basket Weaving as practiced by the PreHistoric Meso-American Tribes
Minor: the Politics and Application of Mind Control

 Grin

Actually, now that I am legally "retired"  I can pursue whatever I want.

Thus I am majoring in Reconstructive Sleep
Minoring in
1) history of the American Plains States between the Fur trade Era and the Civil War
2) Gunsmithing of the Percussion Era
3) Pre-civil war Knife & Axe making for Hunters, the Kitchen, and the Trade
4) Study and Construction of Useful Gear Driven Devices
5) Vegetable Gardening in the Arid Plains
6) The Healing Herbs of the Great Southwest
7) Alternative Energy
Cool Practical Construction of Clay Pots and Beadwork of the mid-1800's
9) Smelting, Casting, and Machining of non-ferrous metals for Art, Jewelry, and Mechanical Devices

hmm. rather busy schedule, that.

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2016, 06:18:24 pm »


 I have done a couple of those free  ' Start your own Business '  courses   at a local centre.  The courses are shocking funding rorts with little substance - though I met a lot of good people from diverse back grounds  and made great friends.

I learned more in my marketing  and PR papers. [ which has me thinking]

Ugh!  Financial business and marketing courses! I hate the lot. A co- worker,  who majored in marketing and accounting,  offers SEO and accounting courses online,  including the "start your own business" kind of courses. After talking to him for 3 weeks, he admits to have an income where the lion share mostly comes from one pupil,  whom he claims is "addicted" to his person to person tutoring, and "owes him a lot of money on tutoring fees." 

To survive he's working at this job temporarily while he finishes his website.

Now said coworker is starting a subscription based online business with prerecorded videos...

I have the sinking feeling it's similar in substance as you describe...
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2016, 01:37:47 am »


 I have done a couple of those free  ' Start your own Business '  courses   at a local centre.  The courses are shocking funding rorts with little substance - though I met a lot of good people from diverse back grounds  and made great friends.

I learned more in my marketing  and PR papers. [ which has me thinking]

Ugh!  Financial business and marketing courses! I hate the lot. A co- worker,  who majored in marketing and accounting,  offers SEO and accounting courses online,  including the "start your own business" kind of courses. After talking to him for 3 weeks, he admits to have an income where the lion share mostly comes from one pupil,  whom he claims is "addicted" to his person to person tutoring, and "owes him a lot of money on tutoring fees."  

To survive he's working at this job temporarily while he finishes his website.

Now said coworker is starting a subscription based online business with prerecorded videos...

I have the sinking feeling it's similar in substance as you describe...

What you describe is more comprehensive and professional than what is offered up here as Business Growth and Development  cerificates.  

Where you sit in a class with a dwindling number of others  listening to some repeat  failed   business starter tell you about their personal problems  [ if and when they show up]  .  There is  a work book to fill the gaps in  of local regulations and promotion   methods.  Occasionally they might  give you a  power point  with a flow chart.

Then they make the more out spoken  in the class  read out their business plan while they pick it apart and say a laundromat / courier service/ hamburger joint ,/ online  underwear selling/ lawnmowing / housecleaning ... service will never catch on ...

Mine was a toiletry  travel  pack shampoos etc and other urgent supplies  for a high accomodation area. They told me it would only work online   with a courier service.  Selling through all the motels wouldn't work.  

The way they were scamming money  from government funding was  pretending students were still attending,  giving pass grades to the illiterate  after getting the rest of us to help  such students fill the booklets out and  out of class mentoring sessions. Oh and they had to have some  Maori [ native New Zealanders ]  course content , mainly a Kara Kia [ prayer ] to open and close the class session.   One tutor was South African , the other was Canadian. One them was also making money from webinars  elsewhere.   We also suspected involvement  in a couple of pyramid  scams  and church mission donations  schemes.  [ hey if only they taught us those...  ]  

We got about 15 minutes  out of   18 weeks  for logo design .  Another  extra curricular session on how to find yourself on Facebook.   I do not believe the tutors had any tertiary  education in any business  or marketing field .  One was an ex nurse.  I could have taught the class myself .  

But we  had a lot of laughs, made good friends;  some of whom I am still in regular contact with as we get our business ideas together and share skills.

And it was free

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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2016, 03:19:35 pm »

I want to take a bagpipe minor now.
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2016, 06:24:19 pm »

Another  extra curricular session on how to find yourself on Facebook.  

For some reason I see that as a rather amusing philosophical view; need to find yourself? Sod the long travel, deep thinking and zen retreats, you can find your true self on Facebook...

Ahem, I guess that's not what it was about, but the thought amused me.


Oh, and unrelated business/marketing stuff, I heartily recommend checking out the google YourPrimer stuff. Free, and interesting.

(also, I'd probably take a minor in any of the following: Sculpture, Illustration, Animation or Fine Arts. Maybe Printmaking).
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2016, 09:03:31 pm »

I was filled to the brim with courses when working - all good, practical government training. I have a folder full of certificates from work, a degree acquired to keep my job (which I did) and which was responsible for my then ongoing addiction (perhaps re-addiction?) to acquiring further higher education. I am retired, early, so can study whatever I want.

Right now I am undertaking stage one of a four year (full-time) PhD, in the form of a Master of Philosophy by Research. My topic wasn't popular with my Head of School, but I ploughed on with the research proposal and eventually got my topic through the Research Committee. Now I am committed to exploring the architecture, engineering and social commitment involved in the construction of Neolithic Irish Court Tombs and Court Cairns of South West Scotland - I am still somewhat surprised at getting it through! The overseas subject expert specialist I needed to acquire tossed in the Scottish element, so an intensive reading course in the Neolithic of Scotland is a primary project for the next few months!

Was able to fit visits to two such tombs on my recent foray to Ireland, but am saving some up for next year's trip!
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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2016, 05:10:22 am »

Another  extra curricular session on how to find yourself on Facebook.  

For some reason I see that as a rather amusing philosophical view; need to find yourself? Sod the long travel, deep thinking and zen retreats, you can find your true self on Facebook...

Ahem, I guess that's not what it was about, but the thought amused me.


Oh, and unrelated business/marketing stuff, I heartily recommend checking out the google YourPrimer stuff. Free, and interesting.

(also, I'd probably take a minor in any of the following: Sculpture, Illustration, Animation or Fine Arts. Maybe Printmaking).

I hadn't looked at it that way. Facebook will never be the same  for me again .

That primer looked interesting.
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2016, 09:07:04 pm »

I'd take a Morris minor.  Grin

(as long as William and Chris were in it, obviously)
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