Want to leave College is this bad?

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Hey guys.. I think I'm going to leave computer engineering college.. I don't like programming all day long anymore.

I've chosen this college for starting freelance programming and because I still love tecnology/ethical hacking etc, but I'm bit upset now..

I know what I really like to do now: selling and marketing/web marketing.

I'm planning to change college to get a degree in Economics and management and after do something like an MBA course some day..or start some work atm.

Maybe one day I'd run my own web-marketing startup and be financially independent.

Could you share here your IT or Marketing college/ works experiences here?

Who of you is working in the IT field like marketing manager? I don't see anyone working in IT marketing where I live now.. most people working in IT field are working like slaves in companies..

I don't know, maybe in America this kind of work is different and well paid..
#bad #college #leave
  • Profile picture of the author @tjr
    If you're unhappy with what you're doing, then stop doing it. Simple advice, but exactly what you need to be thinking of right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author deekay
    Originally Posted by msuper28 View Post

    Hey guys.. I think I'm going to leave computer engineering college.. I don't like programming all day long anymore.

    I've chosen this college for starting freelance programming and because I still love tecnology/ethical hacking etc, but I'm bit upset now.. .
    It looks like you entered college in that course because that was (or still is) what you would like to do. But it seems that you're just upset on something that's why your love for that course is being covered by the clouds. What makes you upset? Maybe you need to scale whether you hate that course because you simply hate it or you hate it now just because you're upset on something else. What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author Abhinay Reddy
    I don't in anyway suggest anybody to enter formal education. If I were you, i would quit as fast as possible and get totally into sales and marketing. I would get specialized knowledge instead of focusing on the degree.

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    • Profile picture of the author @tjr
      Originally Posted by Abhinay Reddy View Post

      I would get specialized knowledge instead of focusing on the degree.
      You mean like the kind of specialized knowledge that a postsecondary education can provide them? Look, I have no reason to disagree with those who look down on continuing their education. Some of the best minds ever never went to college...and everyone else dies a great job making my burrito at Moe's (then again, some college educated people are doing that too). But if you're going to say things like the quoted text above you just invalidate the point you're trying to make with pointless stupidity.

      Don't prevent productive discourse from taking place. You're better than that.
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      • Profile picture of the author Abhinay Reddy
        Originally Posted by @tjr View Post

        You mean like the kind of specialized knowledge that a postsecondary education can provide them? Look, I have no reason to disagree with those who look down on continuing their education. Some of the best minds ever never went to college...and everyone else dies a great job making my burrito at Moe's (then again, some college educated people are doing that too). But if you're going to say things like the quoted text above you just invalidate the point you're trying to make with pointless stupidity.

        Don't prevent productive discourse from taking place. You're better than that.
        Specialized knowledge is attained by buying sales training products, getting mentored by top salesmen,etc and can't be taught perfectly in colleges.
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        • Profile picture of the author @tjr
          Originally Posted by Abhinay Reddy View Post

          Specialized knowledge is attained by buying sales training products, getting mentored by top salesmen,etc and can't be taught perfectly in colleges.
          Nor can it be taught perfectly by your opinion, either. Shoot, just look at the failures all around this forum.

          The people that succeed understand that the world is not so black and white, and that each situation/scenario is an opportunity, if you have the brains and the balls to make something of it.
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          • Profile picture of the author Abhinay Reddy
            Originally Posted by @tjr View Post

            Nor can it be taught perfectly by your opinion, either. Shoot, just look at the failures all around this forum.

            The people that succeed understand that the world is not so black and white, and that each situation/scenario is an opportunity, if you have the brains and the balls to make something of it.
            word buddy. Love it
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    College is NOT only for specialized knowledge but it teaches you DISCIPLINE.
    If you quit College you are likely to quit work--whatever work you choose.

    Whatever path you take, success comes only by doing things you don't like doing.
    It's called LIFE.

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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      College is NOT only for specialized knowledge but it teaches you DISCIPLINE.
      If you quit College you are likely to quit work--whatever work you choose.

      Whatever path you take, success comes only by doing things you don't like doing.
      It's called LIFE.

      -Ray Edwards
      If there is a BIG thumbs up I will put it here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alice12345
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      College is NOT only for specialized knowledge but it teaches you DISCIPLINE.
      If you quit College you are likely to quit work--whatever work you choose.

      Whatever path you take, success comes only by doing things you don't like doing.
      It's called LIFE.

      -Ray Edwards
      Yeah totally agree with you Edwards. Sometimes you think you know everything, you don't. But partially of the quote I do not agree. Success only come when you have persistent and hard work. Besides, the most importantly, if you love something you do, you will make it success with your own judgement.

      It is like a art. Sometimes you did something you are proud of, but other don't agree it. Don't feel like a dumb losers, keep going with your passion. One day, some people will appreciate it.

      As for your question based on my experience, leaving college is bad. But you can choose other course which you are interested off. Make sense? Hope this help you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alast
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      College is NOT only for specialized knowledge but it teaches you DISCIPLINE.
      If you quit College you are likely to quit work--whatever work you choose.

      Whatever path you take, success comes only by doing things you don't like doing.
      It's called LIFE.

      -Ray Edwards
      Although I agree with you, it's only to some extent.

      Work teaches you discipline. Volunteer work teaches discipline. College also teaches discipline.

      However, there are things that college teaches that working doesn't teach, and vice-versa.

      That being said: I think it's completely relative to the person in the position, and what they want to achieve in the path they choose to take.

      @OP: It depends on how long you have left of college, in my opinion (and who's paying). If you don't have long left, then I think you should get through it. Alternatively, have you considered taking a year off?
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      • Profile picture of the author TJoseph
        Hey msuper8,

        I've been in the same boat as you are in (was doing a degree in Architecture before dropping out to pursue a B.A) and despite everything that you'll be told the only decision that's going to matter at the end of it all is YOURS.

        Now I'd have preferred not to join college in the first place and focus on my business full-time while learning hands on but you're already in college now, so make the most out of it.

        Get contacts, go for meetups, be social as ****...and most importantly have fun while you're at it.

        It's good that you want to learn about sales and marketing - heck its even a life skill - and it is possible to get the best of both worlds (college and business) but you're going to have to be very disciplined, focused and driven to make it work.

        All this is easier said than done but if you get the hang of it you're going to have a damn good (and profitable) time.

        Wishing you all the best in your journey.

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  • Profile picture of the author azizuz
    Yep. Don't give up so easily. You need to step back from your emotional state and figure things out logically before you make a final decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author koncorps
    @OP

    In life, you always have the choice to do what you want, or keep following the socially conditioned path. Right now, you are at crossroads - and your decision will define you for the rest of your life.

    None of us can tell you the right choice, because part of life is being your own designer. You have to decide for yourself what is the life you want to lead, and what you want to leave behind.

    At best, we can just support you so good luck with whichever direction you choose. All though as someone who got into IM right out of high school, obviously my bias is towards doing it yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author Esteban Gomez
    This also happened to me, I was studying civil engineering and I realized I hated it. After 1 month I quit and started to study business.

    Business hasn't taught me anything valuable for my business life but anyways I'm going to finish it to get the degree.

    I decided I'm not going to get any further formal education such as a masters degree because that is only going to benefit my if I wanted to become an employee.

    I already decided I am going to become a professional internet marketer.

    If you don't like your career switch to another one you really like.

    If you are not passionate about what you are doing you are doing it wrong.

    If you wanted to drop college and focus 100% on your business its not wrong, its just a different path from most people.

    I would recommend you truly find what you like and become a professional apart college if you decide to continue going.

    College will not teach you how to live life on your own terms, it will teach you how to work for someone else.

    If you truly want to become financially free and live the life of your dreams you need to start taking daily action on what you are passionate to be able to live of it in the future.

    At the beginning it's scary to choose the road less traveled but this is the path that it's going to bring you massive rewards.

    Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune.

    Hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I know what I really like to do now: selling and marketing/web marketing.
      That carries weight ONLY if you are currently earning a good income doing that.

      Unfortunately, when people post "what I really like to do now" - it usually means they are bored where they are....see something that looks more interesting....and want to try it.

      I'm planning to change college to get a degree in Economics and management and after do something like an MBA course some day..or start some work atm.

      Maybe one day I'd run my own web-marketing startup and be financially independent.
      That is a better plan than "leaving college". An MBA or a degree in economics will provide entry to several professional fields and also help with the practical aspects of running your own startup business.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    oh boy....another "I'm leaving college" post.

    dumb...as are the posts encouraging it - dumb

    I know this is an entrepreneurial forum but telling people to leave college is a disservice to every person who reads the thread and is considering it.

    Yes, I know SOME people thrived without going to college but for every ONE that thrives, THOUSANDS fail.

    Go to college, get your degree, and prove to your next employer that you were able to accomplish something. Why? Because your AdSense site that you built is going to fail - just like the thousands (maybe millions before you did).

    You are NOT the next John Chow. Sorry, those are just the odds.

    Going to college and building your IM empire part-time is not going to hurt you if your empire fails. Skipping college and building your empire (that fails) IS going to hurt you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I know this is an entrepreneurial forum but telling people to leave college is a disservice to every person who reads the thread and is considering it.
      I SO agree with that. Another thing to consider: If you are willing to model your education and your life based on what strangers on a forum tell you to do....you are unlikely to succeed in business. Better switch to a trade school.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbong
    From one college student to another... don't drop out of college.

    If the type of work is what gets you, then change the degree you are pursuing. Even if I started to make hundreds of thousands of dollars today, I'd finish up getting my college degree.

    Why? Because when all else fails I'll have that as a symbol to every potential employer to tell them I had the work ethic and perseverance to complete a college degree. Does a degree necessarily mean you're ready for the real world? Absolutely not. But it's what nabs that first, steady job.

    Dozens here will tell you to pursue your dreams and all that by doing what you want and I respect that. But don't give up on something you might need to fall back on down the road because times are starting to get tough.

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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Autrey
    College is a debt magnet and most degrees just aren't that useful these days. You don't need college for ANY online work. What I've learned about marketing online has nothing to do with any college I went to. I'm glad I dropped out.
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    • Profile picture of the author @tjr
      Originally Posted by marketforus1 View Post

      I'm glad I dropped out.
      Reading this immediately followed by:

      I write starting at $4.75 per article.
      ...K.
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      • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
        Originally Posted by @tjr View Post

        Reading this immediately followed by:



        ...K.
        You beat me to it....
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  • Profile picture of the author rongindamix
    No. What you need to do is value your opportunity cost. If your 3/4 years complete, I would reccomend finishing your degree unless you don't mind paying back the money. Time is more important so if you really need time to pursue your goal for an opportunity (Such as a mentorship, business proposition, etc) then I would advise leaving.

    If your a first year, leaving would not be an issue considering you could always enroll later on if your worried.

    Here's what you should do:

    Find the job you want.
    See if that job requires a degree (Internet Marketing doesn't, for example)
    Find someone doing your dream job and ask them if they have a degree
    What's the worst that can happen if you were to drop out? And can you live with that?


    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    I write starting at $4.75 per article.
    This means that if you can write a single article in 30 minutes (unlikely), you earn a whopping $9.50/hr.

    I'm glad I dropped out.
    Seems like a great tradeoff....
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by msuper28 View Post

    I know what I really like to do now: selling and marketing/web marketing.
    I really don't think you know what you like . . . at least, not yet.

    Dabbling in something part time while you're going to school is no basis for making your mind up on a career that will last a life time.

    There are many, many things required of an online business owner that most people would say are unpleasant, boring, and not what they really want to do. Until you get into marketing full time you probably won't see these things too often - but they are there!

    The chances are very, very good that even if you give up your formal education now to start a business online you probably won't be doing that same thing two years down the road.

    I say . . . you have plenty of time ahead of you to start a business. The Internet is not going away. Finish your college education and learn as much as you can from it.

    Focus on learning timeless principles, good work habits, how to do research, how to write and express yourself, how to organize and process lots of information quickly, and how to motivate people to do things.

    Even if you never use the knowledge learned in your field of study, you will have gained a solid education that most people don't get outside college.

    The very best to you,

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  • The universe unfolds the way it should . What you have learned so far in programming can still be beneficial for you. I do believe that marketing and doing it online is where your future will take off.

    I recommend finding a job for the mean time and maybe start your own business online doing marketing.

    If yiu start your own business the sky is the limit.

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Abhinay Reddy View Post

      Specialized knowledge is attained by buying sales training products, getting mentored by top salesmen,etc and can't be taught perfectly in colleges.
      It can't be taught perfectly by buying products, finding a mentor, etc. either.

      If you really want an education in sales, get a job selling. Preferably one on straight commission, where if you don't sell, you don't eat.
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  • Profile picture of the author gmarklin
    Not liking something is a problem, but I would give it a chance, technology is an are where the job demand will be the highest in the future

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  • Profile picture of the author msuper28
    Thanks for all your answers, I'll do some brain storming works and see what I really want to do and what I love to do also what are my real goals in my life, thanks again for your time and your replies!
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  • Profile picture of the author tbtownsend
    I'm a big advocate for following your dreams and doing what you love. In fact, very recently I had the same thoughts of leaving engineering school to follow my business passions. My advice to you would be to ensure that you have a firm grasp on one branch before letting go of the other. I know there is something to be said about just jumping and reaching for the branch after jumping but I think true entrepreneurialism is about CALCULATED risks. You want to ensure that you can provide for yourself when you do make that leap.

    That may mean that you have enough cash reserver for a couple months before making that leap. I hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    Heres my thoughts on what University has given me now that I am starting my final year. For the record I am doing Biomedical...

    - Friends (For life)
    - Discipline
    - Attention to details
    - Writing skills have gone drastically up
    - Determination to be the best
    - Confidence (I was already confident but educational confidence)
    - Time management
    - Respect for the amount of work others have put in
    - Ability to research and verify content found
    - Multiple skills which can be applied to the laboratory to preform correct diagnostic tests
    - Producing work to a strict criteria
    - Got healthier (You just do more at University for some reason)
    - Unforgettable memories
    - Persistence (The ability to preform diagnostic techniques over and over until you manage to get them right every time)
    - Patience (Leading on from persistence
    - Realising your not the dogs bollocks and that you still got a load to learn

    I'll stop there. Sure quit college, miss out on the thousands of life lessons taught in such a short period of time or stick with it and do what you signed up for (That brings to another lesson, commitment).
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  • Profile picture of the author Mack
    I was in the same boat as you about a year ago...

    Wanted to drop out of my marketing degree because I was learning much more online by doing stuff than I was trying to memorize textbook definitions so I could ace multiple choice tests.

    Thankfully I stuck with it, and while I didn't get much "marketing" expertise out of my degree, I certainly gained many other valuable life skills.

    Oh and amen to this:
    Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

    If you really want an education in sales, get a job selling. Preferably one on straight commission, where if you don't sell, you don't eat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by msuper28 View Post

    Hey guys.. I think I'm going to leave computer engineering college.
    It would be sad for me to say "leave college", but truthfully, you *should* stay. I went to Clemson to study computer engineering. Guess who dropped out due to the fact that after i graduated... i was going to have to get a job?!?!? So working 40 hours a week for a $30/hour job versus a $7.25/hour job seemed the same to me. Same work hours - same unappealing lifestyle.

    I think you should stay. You never know what might happen in the future.

    P.S. I went back to college to study computer networking. I'm CCNA, Network+, A+, and MCP certified. Got a high paying job instantly. You can and should strive to do the same with computer engineering.
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    • Profile picture of the author msuper28
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      It would be sad for me to say "leave college", but truthfully, you *should* stay. I went to Clemson to study computer engineering. Guess who dropped out due to the fact that after i graduated... i was going to have to get a job?!?!? So working 40 hours a week for a $30/hour job versus a $7.25/hour job seemed the same to me. Same work hours - same unappealing lifestyle.

      I think you should stay. You never know what might happen in the future.

      P.S. I went back to college to study computer networking. I'm CCNA, Network+, A+, and MCP certified. Got a high paying job instantly. You can and should strive to do the same with computer engineering.
      I still like technology, but I don't like programming anymore, that's it, I'd prefer to study something like in business field.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    I don't recommend leaving college, it will haunt you in future, switch to what you like, but don't leave.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Just make sure to follow a plan and take action on it! No need to slave away at a 9 to 5 all day. Not the mindset you want!

    Go on out there and make your own money. Look for opportunity and solutions rather why you can't do something and you should be just fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sophist
    To The OP:

    First off, You need to make the distinction between SWITCHING majors, and QUITTING college. You don't QUIT your major...you merely switch if you happen to take up an interest in something else. It's college, you're allowed to do that. That's what happens....you're finding yourself. You're learning what you like and don't like. You're learning how to handle yourself socially. Why is that important? Well, despite all the hype promoted by all these wanna-be lone wolf keyboard millionaires, socializing is a big part of business. No great company, no great fortune etc was built by 1-person. At some point you have to go out and network. College teaches you a lot more than just what your degree is.
    I've always said college is about 70% socializing and 30% education. I went to a big "name" school...and trust me, it was the time of my life. My education was amazing, the activities and events I took part in were awesome and my social network has allowed me to feel at home no matter what coast Im on when traveling for work.
    Do yourself a favor and don't dropout all together. Just merely switch your major...and switch it again if need be. But you have to see college for more than a degree. Good luck to you my friend.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sweersz
    College was a good investment for me. I truly believe it raised my IQ quite a bit. More than anything else, college gave me the confidence and discipline I needed in order to successfully operate a business.

    Just remember that it's a good idea to have a backup plan if things go south with this whole entrepreneurship thing.
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