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Depressed that I have to major in management and can't do a more useful major?How to get over it

bcrogerbcroger Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Hey, I am a 22 year old man. I tried to major in accounting but I got a C in an entry level accounting course that requires a B in order to be an accounting major. Rather than spend money and time trying to re do this course, I decided I had to major in business management instead. Finance is also not an option.

I don't know what job I can get with this degree. I hate talking to people so this may not be the major for me, but no other major would work (I took too many business courses to major in a non business major.) and Marketing seems like an even worse major.

Almost all my friends are majoring in engineering, doing pre med, finance, but I am stuck with this degree. This makes me feel depressed, sad, frustrated. I don't have much energy to do many other things, because I have such a low self esteem about my intelligence. Thoughts?

Replies to: Depressed that I have to major in management and can't do a more useful major?How to get over it

  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,902 Forum Champion
    Agree that accounting would be a more marketable major but I would take the following steps:
    1) Make an appointment at the college counseling center.
    2) Make an appointment with career services at your college to see what opportunities there might be for graduates with your major.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,854 Senior Member
    Try to take an extra class in statistics and in econometrics to demonstrate quantitative skills.
    Do you graduate this semester (in which case the above doesn't apply), or do you still have 1-2 semesters?
    Have you had an intership? Are you known by face in the career center? :)
  • arc918arc918 Registered User Posts: 711 Member
    Take accounting over again and work your butt off to become an accounting major. You can do it. For real.

    Message me if you want (25+ year CPA).

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,854 Senior Member
    edited March 2017
    Can you afford to delay graduation? What about MIS?
  • mommyrocksmommyrocks Registered User Posts: 1,218 Senior Member
    Your sadness, depression and low self-esteem are preventing you from seeing all the possibilities with this major. I could easily list 100 different careers you can pursue with this major. Your major is not what is going to limit you and your options. YOU will make the difference -- positive or negative -- on what you can do with it.

    You say, "I hate talking to people." This is likely related to your low self-esteem.

    There is nothing wrong with your intelligence. Making a C is not the end of the world. Mega-millionaire Robert Kiyosoki loves to boast about his C grades and how A students often wind up working for C students in the real world (read his book, Rich Dad Poor Dad).

    Read articles, books or get counseling to work on your self-esteem. Take career aptitude tests, interest tests and personality tests online and/or at your career services center to find out what your true strengths and interests are. Make a list of all the things you have actually enjoyed in your life, felt good about, or received some praise over -- these don't have to be academic. They will give you clues to what careers would suit you.

    Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather studying for and taking exams for licenses or certifications (examples include insurance agent, stock broker, project manager, computer networker, data analyst, project manager, real estate agent, etc.). You can supplement your major by taking free online courses to learn new skills, or by getting training for specific careers as just described. To know which direction to go though, you should take those career aptitude and related tests.

    Many successful millionaires and even billionaires did not even get a college degree. That is why I say your degree and major will not be the limiting factor in your future. Work on your confidence and looking for the strengths and interests you do have, to get an idea of how to proceed.
  • SkiUMahMNSkiUMahMN Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Most companies want people who understand business, not just your major. It might not be optimal but there are a ton of jobs you could get as a management major. In fact, once you learn the technical skills of a job, I think most companies would prefer someone who understands management and business in general more than someone who understands accounting really well but just accounting.
  • OvO_123OvO_123 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Agree! I read that book as well, it totally changed my thoughts about economics, marketing, and investment.
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