What’s your major?

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My pretty kitty Olive sitting on the back of a sofa. No, this photo has nothing to do with my post.

I saw an article that said that many college graduates regret their major. The number one regret was journalism.

I was Communications Major in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington in Seattle.

I enjoyed the experience. During my last year of school I was assigned to be a reporter at a local paper. I reported to the editor and worked there five days a week. I turned in my articles to my professor to be graded.

Then, I went to the state Capitol and was assigned to a local paper as a stringer. I’d write three and four articles a day about the goings on at the state Capitol. We were a group of 12 journalism students living and working together.

When I got into the workforce I had a nice portfolio of news clips. I ended up in Public Relations and wrote stories and newsletters I was assigned. I soon found out it was a LOW paying job. Especially my first one. I was making less than $1,000 a month in the mid 1980s.

The article from CNN listed these majors as the ones graduates most regret:


The top 10 most-regretted college majors — and the degrees graduates wish they had pursued instead

Jessica Dickler. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/12/the-top-10-most-regretted-college-majors.html

The article states that people who make more money are more satisfied with their majors. Who’d have thunk it? Read the article HERE to find out what the top 10 favorite majors are.

What was your major? Would you select something else if you had a chance?

27 thoughts on “What’s your major?

  1. So much for “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”, huh? Turns out it’s all about the money! This economy is sucking the joy out of life for everyone who can’t afford to do what they love and make a living. So sad!

  2. English Lit. Hmmmm….I worked in finance, so when I worked I think more Econ would have benefitted me, but really…we made it up as we went along. I don’t regret it. I enjoyed it and was able to transfer adaptable skills. My daughters bestie is a journalism major. I’ll ask her in five years

    • My son’s major was English Lit, but he’s in a tech startup doing crowdsourcing. I think there are a lot of skills that can be transferred to whatever field you end up in. Yes, I’ll wait to hear how your daughter’s friend likes journalism.

  3. Had to laugh at this one. Sociology major here! I however did not get that degree at the typical 20-something age, as I went back to get a BA in my 40’s. It was not career related, just a long-time goal to finish my education. I adored sociology and even considered going further for an MA. The degree actually has been useful- Working in medical fields I used it often working with patients and would even use it in working with various staff, admins, and organizations.

  4. I started in education, changed to communications and then got a masters in library science. I wish I had stayed with communications instead of library science with a focus in TV/telecommunication

  5. I read that same article. Nothing like $125,000 in student loan debt only to find out your are good for $12 an hour stocking shelves at Dollar General. I have an MBA in International Business, and am perfectly content with my choice.

  6. I majored in journalism and I’m glad I did. (I’m actually two for two, I minored in sociology.) Yes, it was tough slogging in the early-going. My first couple of jobs paid me less than the poverty level. Yea, someone was making some money off us poor slobs! Saying all that, I’ve moved to different jobs over the years and have found the skills that I learned as a journalist have transferred and served me well in business, finance, and other areas. Journalists ask questions. They’re constantly digging for information and solving problems. The audience or customer is always on their mind. It took some time to prove or show my worth, but I was eventually able to show managers the value I could bring to the role. Money isn’t everything. I recommended a balance to my children. Yes, you don’t want to be stocking shelves, but you also don’t want to spend a fortune on an education for a job that you hate. At least that’s my two cents.

    • Great thoughts on journalism. I agree I gained a lot of experience asking questions and figuring out solutions. I’m proud both of my kids have found careers that give them life balance.

  7. MA in Linguistics and BA in English Literature and language. Year at Sorbonne. Full scholarship for undergrad. Linguistics Major is helpful but certification enabled me to choose jobs as the need grows. English Lit. Helped me to teach overseas. Don’t regret it.

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