Will You Choose a Course You Do not Like But Will Make You Earn Big Money?

@bingskee (5237)
Philippines
August 6, 2010 6:21pm CST
I am a parent of two independent-minded and intelligent children. The first-born, my daughter, already graduated from college and the other one, my son, is still in college. I allowed them to choose the courses they like. They did not choose courses which were known to make one earn big money in the future. They chose courses where they find their skills, talents, and inclinations can be enhanced. I believe one should choose a course that they truly love because they will give their best efforts in it. Money must not be the only reason in pursuing a career. It must be where your heart is.
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12 responses
• Philippines
11 Aug 10
I think it depends on the situation. We have to admit that there will be times were social inequalities force us to choose decisions that makes the most sense in terms of monetary gain. Choosing a course that promotes a stable career is certainly not an illogical move for a person who have less resources than the norm. Not everyone can be Picassos, or Lea Salongas. With that said, we have to understand that although what we take in college influences our future career path, it doesn't mean that it's only road that one could take. Let us remember that after college, there are a lot of choices open to the individual - hard work, diligence, and self-learning can balance things somewhat.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
11 Aug 10
i truly understand the necessity to pick a course that you know would give monetary gain. but as you said, with hard work, diligence and self-learning, one can succeed and eventually be successful even with a course that is popular in terms of monetary gain.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
11 Aug 10
erratum: *with a course that is not popular in terms of monetary gain
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Hi bingskee, I agree with you, the courses that a person takes in college should lead them to a degree of their choosing, but it doesn't always have to be a degree that will help make them huge amounts of money. If a person enjoys art over becoming a physician, then the art is where your heart is and he/she will enjoy the course a lot better, than if he had to exam a cadaver. I heard a true story about a college student whose entire family which had be educated were physicians. So, of course he was expected to follow the same path, but when he took a course in art for his elective subject, he feel head over heels in love with art. He change his major, to the disappointment of his family, and he is now a world famous artist. He followed his passion, as we all should do. Even though he became wealthy, it doesn't mean that everyone who follows their passion and take courses that they enjoy will be come wealth, but they would have enjoyed the college experience better.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
that is truly inspirational. i think success depends on how people work on it. not all doctors are successful, not all lawyers are successful, not all sales managers are successful, when the point of contention is money. and what is success by the way? is it measured only by acquisition of money? i think not. as my son said, making a difference is success.
• United States
8 Aug 10
Hi bingskee, Your son is correct, making a difference is being successful.
@babykeka80 (2003)
• United States
7 Aug 10
I work and major in criminal justice. I love the field but hate the lack of money and the lifestyle. I sometimes wish I would have taken something for money and lifestyle instead. Would I have been satisfies though?I doubt it.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
sometimes we become full of regrets. but as you said, choosing another course would not bring satisfaction.
• Kottayam, India
14 Sep 10
as you said it will not, and money is not everything.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Letting them choose on which course they take is a great decision you have made. I think your right that Money is not the only reason of you pursuing a career. Being happy and contented is all that matter.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
exactly, diogz22.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Making a lot of money is not all we should consider in life. We have to do what makes us happy also. If we cannot take joy in what we choose to do, we will never be satisfied with ourselves. Doing somwething we do not like will just make us miserable over the years. It is better to be at peace with yourself than to have all the wealth in the world.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
this is a very nice thought, sender621! and yes, to be at peace with self is more important.
@w1986114 (158)
• China
7 Aug 10
i think you are a good parent.children can try their best to do what they like,even their major is not so papular, they can make a hit because of their interest.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
thank you very much for saying that I am a good parent. :-) i believe that if they like what they do, they do it with their heart. i also believe that they are the ones that will live their lives and not me.
• South Korea
7 Aug 10
who knows, those skills and talents might also make big money in someday, money is important, but the happiness of life is more precious.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
yea, who knows, we can really never tell.
6 Aug 10
No because I've done something similar in the past and guess what? I left the course half way through, lost a lot of money on tuition fees and was just generally miserable throughout the course. I don't recommend anyone does this as you're likely to quit or not do well because it's actually quite hard to force yourself to do something you don't like.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
that is sad, parrot2010. that was my apprehension - that if you force your child to pursue a course they dont like, they end quitting, and will be miserable.
• India
7 Aug 10
Surely, i'll not the choose the course which i don't like it. We want to study the course with our own interest, not for others pressure and for money. With our interest only we will study it passion and we will complete our course successfully.
• India
7 Aug 10
Ya i agree.. i too have done this thing ...
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
7 Aug 10
yeah, they paid me to leave.
• China
7 Aug 10
First of all, I have to figure out why I do not like the course inorderto make sure that my refusual will not bring me regret. It all depends on my current goal.