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Please help? I'm going through a serious situation, and I can't find no one 2 listen!

ThatEthiopianKidThatEthiopianKid Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited November 2012 in Other College Majors
I'm approaching my 3rd year in college,and I still don't know what I want to major in? Help?

First off,
I've always wanted to pursue a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology because I enjoy it (Avg. salary-- 100K+)

BUT, I've always been REALLY INTRIGUED and would absolutely love getting involved with the International world, business, relations, affairs, United Nations field, which I think Political Science is more appropriate for this, I think?

So, Should I major in for an undergrad: Psychology, Political Science, Journalism? What? I'm confused.

The University I go to has one of the best Psych programs in the country (Univ. of Minnesota-- Twin Cities), idk if I major in that will it look good when I decide to apply for a masters in Industrial Organizational Psych. If I don't go onto my masters right away and try to find employment, which one of these: Psychology or Political Science pays more (I know you can't really get nothing unless you have an advanced degree, but which one is more likely to be employable?) I think if I wanted to pursue a career in the United Nations and want to go back to my family's country to help open up businesses and improve the economy, the psychology degree would be useless? So should I go to graduate school for Political science or something like that? Thanks so much!
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Replies to: Please help? I'm going through a serious situation, and I can't find no one 2 listen!

  • Cens10Cens10 Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    Political science would probably pay more from only a bachelors. Many have told me there is not really anything you can do with only a bachelors in psych.
  • ThatEthiopianKidThatEthiopianKid Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Do you think? I'm just so confused and can't find no one willing to listen :( My parents are foreigners, so they don't know much about College :( Please..help.
  • Cens10Cens10 Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    Try googling career choices for it. I couldn't possibly think psych would have more jobs though, just my 2 cents.
  • NovaLynnxNovaLynnx Registered User Posts: 1,406 Senior Member
    I/O psych might average 100k+ after many years of experience and moving up into corporate offices - not upon graduating with an MA, so take this into consideration. Much of the I/O work is in the area of human resources, which is the field I am working in now with a BA in psychology.

    There is plenty you can do with a BA in psychology, but they are mostly low-paying entry-level positions, such as HR assistants, behavioral aid, data analyst, etc. I was fortunate enough to fall into an HR management position after only a few months out of college. It is a strong field to be involved in, with considerable expected job growth in the next few years. Honestly though, you should obtain some work experience after your bachelor's degree before pursuing a master's if you want the master's degree to mean anything in the job hunt.

    Psych is never "useless" if you learn to apply basic theories to everyday life rather than just memorizing names of old guys and then forgetting their work after graduation. But it sounds to me like you might find a business/economics/international relations degrees useful if you want to work in other countries to help improve economies. Maybe major in one of those and minor in psychology? Or sociology, since that focuses on the social structure of society and how it impacts individual lives.
  • ViddarViddar Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    My advice is do NOT major in any of these by it's self. Yes psych and poli sci are fun all but they are unemployable. I know I have a polisci degree and it hasn't helped me in the slightest bit. If you really want to make money after you graduate there are majors such as engineering, accounting, biology, finance, and management just off the top of my head which are far more employable than psychology or polisci.

    But if you are still interested in these majors go ahead and major in one, BUT have a second major you KNOW will get you a job that way you are safe. Also, don't ever expect that you'll make up for it all in graduate school; things happen and life gets in the way, get the major and the job security first then think about grad school.

    My 2 cents
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