My father does not agree with my college major….do I lie to him until I finish?
I know “lying” is wrong but he is totally messed up for trying to force me into a major!
it’s totally wrong for him to force you into a major, even if he’s paying for it, it’s not like you’re his employee
A business major is a waste of time, did you know that? It’s easy and you don’t really learn much. My kid majored in mass communications and got a pretty good job as a result doing half-time marketing and half-time data base administrator.
In the business world, it is better to be able to communicate than just about anything else, because the job will train you. So your major is actually smarter and will impress potential employers far more than the business major. Call up IBM and some other top companies and see if I’m right. Then you will have ammunition to argue with for the day when he does find out the truth. Just tell him then that times have changed, and intensive preparation in writing and speaking are the better way these days to prepare for a job in the business field.
In the meantime, can you sidestep the answer by telling him that you are going to be prepared for a job in the business world, something like that? And get some internships–those are really really important.
I’m not big on lying, expecially to those I care about. Lying breaches trust at the very basic levels. Regardless of when you tell him you will have to deal with the likelihood that he will not trust you, whether he says so or not, for a long time. If I was paying tens of thousands of dollars to put my daughter through college thinking that she was studying finance only to learn that she’d majored liberal arts… i’d likely not help her much again in the future.
Honesty is always the best approach.
O.K. Adding to this a little bit after reading Robertas comments below me. Robertas stated that a business degree is, “a waste of time”… Check businessweeks annual results of the most sought after degrees and those which pay the most. Communications isn’t on the list while business majors come in nearly equal with engineers in the top three. If this isn’t enough proof I challenge you to find one person with a commications degree leading a single company… anywhere. When execs are getting together to fill a position in management they aren’t saying, “Hey… lets make sure we screen all of the commuications guys first.” I personally have a business management degree and I thought it was pretty damn hard. Now I realize that I have significant leadership experience as a military officer over the last few years, but last week, after only being out of college for 4 years, I accepted a job as a project manager in Nashville making $95,000 a year plus bonus. That’s far above the median and mean incomes in the U.S. Majoring in communications doesn’t make you better able to communicate with people. Like most things in life, when it comes to that, you either have it or you don’t.
That said, You need to have an honest heart to heart talk with him, because your relationship with him is going to take a huge hit…..
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