Would you rather work doing something you like or something that earns alot of money?

Poll: What would you rather do?
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View poll results: What would you rather do?
Do something I like
124 77%
Do something that guarantees steady income
38 23%
Voters: 162.
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#1
I'm about to start my junior year of college and am desperately trying to make up my mind about which major I should choose. I really want to do Anthropology, as I am very interested in the study of different cultures, groups of people, etc.
Currently I have Marketing picked as my major and am having second thoughts. I know that having a Business Administration degree would be good for my job prospects but I don't think I would be happy doing it.
Your thoughts? Also I will add a poll in a second.
#3
i'd say it's pretty important to make sure that the thing you get stuck for 50 years with is the thing you like to do.

enjoyability over all. you can still lead a good life without pots of money.
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#4
With the current state of the job market it doesn't really matter, you're not getting a job anyway. Suppose if there was a course in claiming benefits that would be quite useful
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#5
Do what you're interested in first, then get a masters in whoring yourself academically.
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With the current state of the job market it doesn't really matter, you're not getting a job anyway. Suppose if there was a course in claiming benefits that would be quite useful

If he's only just starting his junior year, then he won't be looking for a job for a while yet.
#6
Do something you like, otherwise you'll end up as a miserable rich man.
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#8
Talk to people in your school's anthro department about what you can do with that degree before you decide it's hopeless.

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#10
you dont need money to enjoy life, although you do to buy guitars ... i guess there is some correlation there :/
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#11
do not do marketing

just take a look at all the inartistic brainwashing advertising schemes used in TV and elsewhere.

Do you really want a part in that?
#12
If putting in the same hours daily, I'd probably go for what makes the most money, for two reasons.

1- When it comes time to support a family, who gives a **** if I'm happy with my job, I'm a provider now.
2- You may not like the job, but if you're not working constantly, you'll have the time AND money to pursue things you love in your own time.

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#13
I'm with Ylasto on this one. You can always work your way up doing something you like to earn money.
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#14
probably something i like, im not sure if what i like is well paid but id be happy to do what id love most untill retirment

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#15
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do not do marketing

just take a look at all the inartistic brainwashing advertising schemes used in TV and elsewhere.

Do you really want a part in that?


Yes. I think it's extremely interesting.

And there are some clever marketing campaigns.
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#16
I'm not voting because I would hate to do something that makes tons of money because that usually requires tons of work. On the other hand, what I like is risky, so none of that for me. So most money for least amount of work? Pharmacist or anesthesiologist. This way, you have tons of free time to partake in your hobbies and you can afford to partake in your hobbies.
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#17
I the end - money is for enjoyment, so doing a job you like gives you that without being bored during working hours. Although, if there was a 'both' option...


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#18
If you like it and enjoy it you are more likely to try hard and succeed and move up the career ladder. Good things come to those that wait.
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So most money for least amount of work? Pharmacist or anesthesiologist.

They get paid so much because it takes so much training, though, so it makes sense. You have to remember how much chem is involved in both

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#20
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#22
I wouldn't want to do something I really liked for a job. It'd make it seem like a chore instead of something I do to relax or enjoy myself.

Steady income all the way.
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#23
I would rather have an entertaining job and live a simple lifestyle (no expensive electronics, no going out to the movies every single weekend, no vacations across the world, etc.) rather than having a job I hate with tons of money to spend.
#24
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i'd say it's pretty important to make sure that the thing you get stuck for 50 years with is the thing you like to do.

enjoyability over all. you can still lead a good life without pots of money.


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#25
Do something you like.
I'm lucky in that what I like will make me as much money as I reckon I need.

For me though making a positive difference to the world is the most important thing.
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If you like it and enjoy it you are more likely to try hard and succeed and move up the career ladder. Good things come to those that wait.


This. If you really enjoy it, you will succeed in it.
#27
I'd do both. Something I like that earns a living salary. But that's a bit of an "avoiding the question" answer, isn't it?

Anyway, something you enjoy. As a friend of mine put it, "If you're doing something you enjoy for a living, you're never working. If you're doing something you don't, you're a slave that gets green paper occasionally."
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#28
As much as I would love to do what I like, if the jobs aren't there and the income isn't there then I'd rather take a job with a steady income.

I can use my free time to do the things I enjoy with the income I get.
#29
I'm sorry, but I gotta say money.
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#31
How can most people vote "Do something I like"? What if that job pays ****. I voted the 2nd option. Money always matters more than anything.
#32
get both degrees. do the one you like and you have marketing to fall back on if needed.
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#33
chances are that id like whatever job made me alot of money, but if it was nothing major, id pick what i love.
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#35
Alright guys, unfortunately it's too late for me to apply for a Anthropology major this semester. I don't know how the universities work, (Community College kid here) can I take some basic Anthro courses and apply for the major next semester? Can someone enlighten me on how major changes work?
#36
If you like Anthropology, Marketing only seems to make sense; they go hand-in-hand, in a way. I'd say go with Marketing. What other classes will you be taking?

Besides, you're more likely to succeed in something you like. Take music for example; a lot of people take an instrument for their first year of middle school (or at least they do around here), and quit, because they don't like the instruments they chose from. But, a lot of them will play an instrument they like much more. Now that I think about it, my entire band was that way. For school, in the first year, I (the bassist) took Euphonium, and quit, our drummer played Tuba, and quit, and our guitarist/vocalist also took Tuba, and quit. I can't speak for the drummer, but bass is really my passion, and, because I care about it, have gotten really far into it; I've only been playing for seven months, yet when people, even other musicians, hear me play, they ask how many YEARS I've been playing; they always seem shocked when I say seven months. Same with my guitarist; he chose an instrument he hated for school band, he quit. He chose guitar, and then became entirely devoted to it. So pick something you want to do; you'll almost always be more successful that way
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#37
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How can most people vote "Do something I like"? What if that job pays ****. I voted the 2nd option. Money always matters more than anything.

You probably wouldn't think that if you were waking up in the morning to go into a job you hate and spend most of your days doing something you don't want to do.
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#38
I would choose a steady income, because that means I could support myself and a potential family.

In an ideal world, something I enjoy+income, but you know, no such thing as a free lunch.
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#39
Do something I like. I don't care much about money.
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#40
Something i like, as it pays enough to take care of the bills. I lead a pretty simple life though so those aren't too high.

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Yes. I think it's extremely interesting.

And there are some clever marketing campaigns.

I hate to admit it but i used to work at an ad company myself... it paid well and i liked it for a while, but then i realised that marketing is really mostly about selling other people's lies, tricking people into buying crap they don't need. Besides, the last thing our society needs is more advertising and blatant consumerism.

Not that the essence of marketing is inherently wrong, it's just that there's way too ****ing much of it already (ads are everywhere we look, do we really need more?) and also it's virtually impossible not to have to deal with selling stuff that really doesn't need to exist, or is even objectionable. It's not like you can tell your boss something like "you know, i think it's immoral to convince people to take loans even though they can't afford it so i'll just skip this order, please tell the client to go elsewhere".

My experience is that if you have a strong sense of morality and social responsibility, it's probably a bad career choice. Just my 2c.
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