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College choices (I know.....sounds boring.) - September 9th 2009, 03:35 AM

I'm starting college a year early. I actually decided to finally do it, Ive been sitting on the decision for some time now. Now anyways, I talked to my mom about it and I've been trying to figure out what field I might want to go into.
I really enjoy sociology, So I think I'm going to get either a bachelors or master degree in that.
I've been looking at jobs that require that, and I've come up with Social Worker. I really enjoy the aspect of this job because it's more hands on, I'm told. I really like helping people and I'm good with organization. The only thing I'm worried about is that I'll end up working at a desk for the rest of my life. I would hate that.

The pros for it are:
-Works with mostly children and families.
-made between $34,110 and $53,740 in 2006
-Has a wide range of job opportunities in various places (hospitals, group business, etc.)

But the cons would be:
-I'd more than likely be on call 24/7.
-Mental stress and depression that I might get from certain cases.

Of course, the cons aren't so bad. but still.


Also, I've looked at Marriage Counseling:
It requires more hours but it also pays higher.


pros:
-$45,323 to $57,845 per year
-I'd get to be more hands on.
-I'd be able to choose my own hours.

Cons:
-Finding a place here in Arkansas that will give me an internship.




I could do both of them with either a Pshycology or Sociology degree...I'm just not sure which I want to do. :/
Can you guys help me out?
   
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Re: College choices (I know.....sounds boring.) - September 9th 2009, 05:56 AM

Hey Emily, I think its awesome you're already looking into careers and going into college, nice job

Hm I like the idea of a Social Worker because you can reach out to people (people who go through similar things as we do) and really help them. But I also like the Marriage Counseling because it pays more, you can choose your hours, and its not as mentally draining/triggering. Though its a close tie, I think I'd go with Counseling. Of course, its always your choice in the end


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Re: College choices (I know.....sounds boring.) - September 9th 2009, 08:39 AM

Simple advice, don't have your mind focused on only that one thing. Have back-up plans. Also, you learn not a whole lot in high school compared to university, and as a result, people tend to flop all around with their choices. Go into the first year, take intro psych. and intro sociology if that interests you but also take other courses, take a wide variety. You can take other courses to help you out, such as philosophy (i.e. crime and deviance). You may also need a course in statistics.

We cant tell you what degree to take because you may not want either of them. But there's always the possibility of doing a double major in both. You don't need to simply have a BA or BSc in one.

As for it being triggering or making you sad, well, you'll need to take courses in abnormal psych. and other courses. I'm doing a third-year course (a bunch of them actually) and one is forensic psychology, and there are many references to some horrible crimes, to serial killers and what they did, etc... .

Point is, if you cannot handle the responsibilities of your part, such as of not being too affected so that you cannot do your job, if that happens over and over during your university career, then perhaps it's not the job or area for you.
   
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Re: College choices (I know.....sounds boring.) - September 9th 2009, 04:24 PM

I actually didnt mean so much as triggering for me, but as the stress of the amount of work I'd have to do. But like I said, that wouldn't be too hard for me.
I don't know...I'm taking many different courses in my first two semesters, that's been decided already.
I'm signing up for some musical theatre stuff and maybe even stage makeup classes, but as far as serious classes go, I'm leaning more towards social science.

and as far as back up plans go, I think I've got more than any 16 year old should have lol. I like a variety of fields and there's many things I could see myself doing so, I don't think I'd have a problem finding something new if things went wrong.

My biggest dream is to become a child pyshchiatrist, But seeing as how you have to go to school for 8 years, I don't think it'll happen. but I kind of wish I could do something along those lines.
   
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Re: College choices (I know.....sounds boring.) - September 9th 2009, 04:48 PM

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I actually didnt mean so much as triggering for me, but as the stress of the amount of work I'd have to do. But like I said, that wouldn't be too hard for me.
I don't know...I'm taking many different courses in my first two semesters, that's been decided already.
I'm signing up for some musical theatre stuff and maybe even stage makeup classes, but as far as serious classes go, I'm leaning more towards social science.

and as far as back up plans go, I think I've got more than any 16 year old should have lol. I like a variety of fields and there's many things I could see myself doing so, I don't think I'd have a problem finding something new if things went wrong.

My biggest dream is to become a child pyshchiatrist, But seeing as how you have to go to school for 8 years, I don't think it'll happen. but I kind of wish I could do something along those lines.
I was toying around with being a psychiatrist too but after researching I found that I'd been around 30 by the time I'd finally become a professional so I decided against it.
If you want something along the lines as a child psychiatrist then you should look into clinical psychology, counselling or psychoanalogy. Out of the choices you said up there a social worker is the closest to a child psychiatrist.
   
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Re: College choices (I know.....sounds boring.) - September 9th 2009, 06:20 PM

Hey Emily,

Only you can decide what you want to do with your future. I am training to be a social worker and although it is a great career, it is also very stressful. But that is the same with any job in this kind of field. I know I am from England and it might be slightly different where you are but if you want to ask anything at all about the course and stuff you are more than welcome to. Social Work can open up many doors into other careers I have been told.
   
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