Do something you love and can be paid well for. You can research, via your college's career development center, who makes good money. You can research what you love (to some degree) by taking classes in different areas to see what you like. The "to some degree" is about those majors in which classroom and work are significantly different -- for example, education, in which education majors sometimes get to their student teaching and realize they hate it. Also, there are careers that don't directly relate to any major. But there are others that do.
Look into doing something you enjoy for a living.
"Do something you love and you will never work a day in your life" - Confucius
Trick is though, just make sure you live within your means as well.
A single person doesn't honestly need much in order to live a happy life.
I know I need to do something I love. My family has always been passionate about giving their children the freedom to do whatever they enjoy, but I'm at a crossroads in my life.
I've been studying the arts. Whether that be liberal arts or visual arts, and now I am a Junior and I feel as if there is no true future in these fields. While they will always remain a hobby or passion of mine, I just have a hard time believing that the injury of a career as a writer or photographer is truly the path I should be taking through college.
It was always in my mind that I could possibly end up doing advertisement or marketing, but even these fields require a more strict workload considering I probably will not be able to get into graduate school.
First separate the idea that money = happiness. It has been shown that after the basics are covered financially you get a less and less “Happiness” as the income climbs.
Entrepreneurship is not about making money, yes we hear about the winners but they are the less than 1%. The rest work their tail off to hold their ground.
After a minimum level is not the path to happiness. You need to figure out life balance and what makes you happy. I have looked at much higher paying jobs for what I do but frankly I enjoy who I work with and have great leave where I work. The pay is good enough and my son is growing up in a good place.
A few years ago I set a simple bar for success. One simple sign of success is, my friends and family sharing good meal with steak and wine. Seems simple but it is an event that brings me joy and satisfaction of having dear ones gathered around enjoying the time together.
As to what degrees pay well masters level engineering and science degrees. Computer Science with experience programming Apps is currently hot and should be for the next few years. Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and such is also great. You need to take the hard path in college to get paid well starting off and you need a masters in an ever more saturated diploma carrying environment. Undergrad is the new high school diploma.
I didn't mean anything I said too literally. I was just looking for some advice.
I understand that money doesn't create happiness. A man creates his own happiness, but due to the fact that I am only 20 it does not seem as ridiculous a question to me.
While money doesn't create happiness, I really want to be comfortable financially in the future. With the ability to travel and provide for my family. Ideally I would have a wife who stayed at home and did not work in order to watch over the children.
But I also understand that if I want anything in life I really have to set my mind to it and just go do it, nothing anyone tells me will ultimately create a future for me.
Oh also have a 3.5 GPA that is the larger game at university that people don't explain to the students. Regardless of career choice your GPA is the first filter, after major.
The only "Major in Entrepreneurship" is actually starting a business and learning from the unavoidable mistakes. I started three companies before I turned 30 (I'm 32 now). The first was a big failure and put me several hundred thousand dollars in the hole. I took everything I learned from that and started a second company. That company now employs 20 people and grew 125% this year. The third company is a technology startup. I raised a bunch of money from investors and am now trying to make that one a success (still questionable).
If you like the idea of creating businesses, a focused degree is much more useful than a broader degree in entrepreneurship.
I was a marketing major and that served me well considering that my 1st and 2nd companies are marketing firms. The third business is a technology company and has made me realize that the future entrepreneur is a coder (computer science major). I had to raise investor money so I could hire the programmers. Had I been a programmer, I could have started many businesses with no investors and no big expenses.
In summary, marketing and computer science are both great degrees for future entrepreneurs. They will allow you to get a good job, get real experience working in business and then eventually take the plunge into controlling your destiny.
NOTE: If you go the marketing route, teach yourself SEO and Paid Search (Google Adwords) skills. Every company in the U.S. will need these two types of experts more and more every year for the foreseeable future. If you are really good at it, you could easily earn $60k-$80k in the midwest (not sure how that translates to the coasts) with 3-5 years experience.
My major is Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I absolutely love it because it is very broad and I dont particularly know what I want to do with my life. I am a senior in college at an Ivy League school so with this major I have been able to take a look at various industries. In the end it doesn't matter too much. I was most happy about this major because it allowed me to redefine alot of my worldviews in college. In the end I am applying for jobs in the tech startup industry as well as financial advising in the bigger cities. Do something that makes you happy, are interested in, and watch this video:
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The purpose of college is to get a degree that thrusts you into the job market with a marketable set of skills ... not to "redefine alot of [your] worldviews." If you're aiming to redefine worldviews, you can just as effectively, for a whole lot less money than 4-years (or more) at an Ivy League school. "Find yourself" at a community college or public library.
Majoring in something that is "very broad" because you don't know what you want to do leaves you with a general education, no skills, and few job prospects. It is really difficult to get a job when you don't know how to actually do anything ... even if you can wax poetic about your worldview, politics and philosophy. If that stuff interests you, minor in it. Major in something practical.
Trust me. I was a poli sci major. There are very few jobs out there for people like that. I went to law school, which gave me a marketable skill set, but my undergraduate education was largely a waste except that it got me into law school.
Computer Science and Engineering seem to have the best career prospects these days. If you're willing to work in a major city for a big company (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, etc.), it's not uncommon to be earning six figures pretty soon after getting your degree.
The hard sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) are also worth considering, although the job market is more competitive in those fields. Business/finance/economics also have the potential to be very lucrative. You could become a doctor (where a good income is all but guaranteed), but of course that requires many years of schooling that you may not be willing to do.
Liberal Arts are among the least lucrative, unless you get your PhD and are lucky enough to find a teaching job (and teaching positions, especially at the college level, are extremely competitive). Most everyone I know with a liberal arts degree does something completely unrelated to their major. I would also not recommend going to law school unless you really want to be lawyer - the job market for law is very oversaturated right now.
1. Google "high-paying majors"; get better advice than our non-expert guesses.
2. Read some business/economy news. Get a sense of the growing and declining industries.
3. Talk to the counselors at your school.