College Suggestions

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  1. KYHeadHunter02

    KYHeadHunter02 8 pointer

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    Back in august I had a motorcycle wreck and have been off work since..Long story short I had a drunk driver pull out in front of me and spent 7 days at UK. Fortunately it wasn't my time to leave the world. I ended up having a laceration on my kidney, bruised liver, shoulder seperation and lots of nerve damage...I have fully recovered, but still have nerve damage in my shoulder and it has limited the movement of my arm...I can't raise it above my head...I am supposed to be seeing a specialist next week to see about surgery...But to the point, I worked at Toyota and I won't be able to do that kind of work anymore...What would you guys go to college for? It's tough to find jobs especially with todays economy so Im really taking that into consideration along with pay. Im really leaning towards something in the computer science field like information tech. I thought about something in the medical field, but I just don't see myself doing something like that. Any suggestions?
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  2. whitetailpredator

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    I go to WKU, graduating in the spring with a degree in financial managment...maybe should have done accounting! I started out in nursing, but it wasnt for me! You could look into maybe X-ray tech or respiratory therapy if you were leaning towards the medical field. I think they are both two year degrees?
     
  3. kurzhaar

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    Some of the Allied health degrees (Radiation Tech, Radiology Tech, etc) would combine your computer skills with health care. There is and will continue to be a shortage of skilled health care workers for the forseeable future. There are a lot of good careers in healthcare that pay 50-75k and only require a 2 yr degree.

    Best case I can give, this past Nov, 533,000 jobs were lost in the US, however the healthcare industry added 34,000. Can't beat and industry that grows during these tough economic times.
     
  4. kmtpr

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    There are many computer science med fields; such as echogram techs, any nuclear med tech. Not sure what is involved, but plenty of choices out there. Good luck. Nice bike before it was hit.
     
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  5. maxcam

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    With your experience have you thought about becoming a personal injury attorney? ;)
     
  6. RLWEBB

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    Glad you're ok. You got a big 2nd chance. Get right with the Lord, if you're not already, and you'll have the best future that anyone can have :)

    As far as a career, look at what you mentioned. Computers, medical field. I would also seriously consider engineering fields as well. Look at mining engineering. You don't have to work underground or actually for a mining company. MSHA has been hiring many inspectors lately and they start out between 60-80 K per year. Can't beat working for the feds.
     
  7. droopy

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    as far as a career engineering or medical would be your best bet,but if you decide to go to a community college first then finish up at a major university be absolutley sure you can transfer you hours.a friend of mine's daughter started out like that for a medical job and after a couple years and several thousand dollars found out her time and money was wasted, she couldnt transfer her hours anywhere.
     
  8. Louhunter

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    I graduated in 1979 from WKU with a Data Processing Degree and now work for IBM. My son is a senior at WKU and will graduate with a degree in Economics and Pholospy. In the technology field the next "big" skill is actually the oldest, mainframes. At IBM we actually sponsor Computer Science degrees at many universities to graduate students with skill in Mainframe operating systems, languages, and operations. The reason for this is simple, all of us with the skill are retiring and leaving the industry. The technology field is now saturated with Windows, Unix, Cisco, ect skill but mainframe skills are leaving everyday without replacements.

    All you need to do is pay attention to the news today on the economy. Business do not lift a finger on any product to build, business to buy, or sell without exploring every detail about the transaction. Every product on the market has been studied for return on investments, earining ratio, product lifespan, and other financial considerations. The people with degrees in Economics, Finance, Accounting, and Engineering are who make these decisions. So along with the technology, and health care fields advanced degrees in Economics and Finance are now the next big things.

    I would recommend this, be ready to extend you education beyond the BS degree. That is quickly becomming the price of admission, but not the final ticket. My son graduates in May 2009, and is already accepted into the program for a Masters in Economics. I will take him an additional year of study but checking the job offers they are $10,000-$12,000 more so it will easily pay for itself in the first year.

    Let me add one more piece of advice, Learn a 2nd language. Remember along with a Global Marketplace, it is a Global Workforce. My son is fluent in French, and it has made a huge difference when he has applied for jobs. I believe that any language will do, but at IBM we are big with Spanish, German, French, and Mandrin Chinese.

    I was the first child ever in my family to receive a college degree. My parents did not graduate from High School but understood the importance of education, and for that I am forever thankful. My son will be the third family member with a college degree after my daughter (his sister) received her degree in 2006. Working for and receiving a college degree is difficult, but for all the work you put in you will received many more benefits.
     
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  9. RLWEBB

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    Looks like excellent advice right there.
     
  10. Glad you made it out alive...I know how good those bike wrecks feel...my bike was about as bad a shape as yours when I wrecked.
    I ended up going back to school because I was tired of factory work though. The important thing to remember, do something you like, not because it pays good. I switched my major a few times before I found what I like. Hopefully I'll be graduating from WKU next december
     
  11. yote hunter

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    you could go into show buisiness.possibly something Evil Kenivelish.
     
  12. lymanl3

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    Health field. The baby boomers will be hitting the market soon.
     
  13. ducknbuckhunter

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    i would say health care also.... but not for everybody like ya said.... but what ever you decide, do some long hard thinking about..... i just went to school to major in baseball.... pretty much wasted two years and money at a horrible school... still play ball but more future orientated now... and at a different school ;)
     
  14. johnnylightnin

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    Tough to beat a business degree. These folks suggesting healthcare are smart as well. So, go with the best of both worlds...hospital management.
     
  15. lymanl3

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    If your going the business route... Get specialized, and get your MBA or a Masters in accounting, etc... There are a lot of business school but you need to set yourself apart from the crowd. Not to toot my own horn, but Pharmacy is a very diverse field. There is a lot more to it than filling pills, and starting salaries are appealing. Nurse anethesiologist, physician assistant, Occupation/Physical therapy.... are great fields as well. good luck, sounds like you got 90% of licked...that is the desire to pursue it. ​

    Curious..you said you dont see your self doing anything in the medical field. Talk to some of those folks involved with your therapy and ask them why they do it...may get some good insight.
     
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