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help me please

hellox3hellox3 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
edited October 2006 in Business Major
Hi! okay I have some questions.

I think that I want to do marketing in college. I am currently a senior in high school. I really like economics too. I don't know what I want to do in the future though. I think that I would like to have a career in marketing, but I am afraid that majoring in marketing is looked upon as a joke. I would love to go to business school but I know I will not be able to afford it, and therefore I am 95% sure I will not be going. My question is would it be a good idea to major in economics or marketing in my case? Which one leads to a better career potential? Kind of confusing, but comments would be greatly appreciated!!! thank you! :)
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  • TwistyTwisty Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    Hi hellox3,

    I'm no expert, but I will try my best to help you. I don't know who said Marketing is a joke, but it certainly is not in terms of pay. There is plenty of potential, and most Marketing majors have to go through the core curriculum as well. It may be perceived as less 'prestigious' or not as well respected by students, but most of them have never stepped into the real business world so they wouldn't have a clue. Just a side note - My uncle is a Marketer/Advertiser in NJ and makes well around the half million mark. Granted he did work hard, and is Senior VP it goes to show that this career path has its ups.

    Economics, on the other hand, is also a well versed major. It has a more liberal arts based approach, as it’s a study not a technical major. That does not mean it is at all less credible, but yet a more comprehensive way of studying. With economics, there are plenty of opportunities including working for the Fed, IMF, and Financial services.

    Of course you are not limited to these, and you can enter any career you want. Marketing major can go into an economics related job, as well as an economics major entering marketing. It's all about knowing the area you want to go, and demonstrating that. So in essence, there is no direct answer as to which major would lead to a better career. Most people, however, will answer Economics, as it is not a technical major and can be applied to a wide array of careers.

    I'm a little confused about your comment on the affordability of B-school. Do you mean for MS/MBA? If its grad school, I wouldn't fret or worry about it now. Of course it’s great to get a head start, but if you put yourself to it, you can end up anywhere. Hey, I'm shooting for HBS: One can dream right? :D
  • abcboy70abcboy70 Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    Your undergraduate major will not make a huge impact in terms of looking for a job (grad school another story, such as PhD), unless you're going for jobs as being an engineer or architurist.

    It seems you're striding to be a marketing person after graduation. In my opinion, go for the major that you're MOST INTERESTED, whether it be humanities or science or whatever. It will not matter a whole lot in the job market. By studying what you are interested, you'll not hate your education and you might actually enjoy it (and feel like a nerd :) ).

    People can major in philosophy or sociology and still grab investment banking jobs from economics, finance graduates. So this proves to you your career will not be limited to your major!
  • hellox3hellox3 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    thank you! anyone else have any comments :) ?
  • rightcoastsurfrightcoastsurf Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
    how good at public speaking do you need to be in order to be successful at all at marketing
  • Frosty27Frosty27 Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    econ ugrad, mba @ northwestern

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