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What major should I go in based on the courses I have already taken? Accounting or Computer Engineering?

These are the two majors that I have been considering since I have entered high school. Currently, I am a junior, and I have already taken Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics, and Computer Science Principles. I need to chose a major soon. #engineering #college-major #accounting

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Taylor’s Answer

Hi Maria!


Like the previous person said, you should just choose what major you are most likely to do after college. I would highly suggest maybe talking to someone in the field or watch some videos about what those people do every day. I think the courses you have taken in high school are almost irrelevant to what you will be doing in industry. I doubt I'll use 90% of my courses in my job after college, so just make sure you are committing to something you are actually passionate about (and not forced to do or you just do it because it has higher pay). Trust me, if you hate your job there is no way you will be motivated to go to work even if it pays more.


Good luck with your search :)

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Claudio S’s Answer

One thing I can tell you is this, and based on my experience - accounting has taught me a lot of practical things and I never thought it is one subject/course that will be useful in my personal and professional life. When I set a goal of saving a $1m, I used my knowledge of accounting to create a projection - given my income, how much do i need to save and when do i reach my goal? When I bought my apartment, I used what I learned in school to understand: what and how much I can afford to buy, what type of a mortgage (fixed vs non, 15 vs 30 years, etc). I used to keep an amortization schedule and every time I have extra money, I will do "what if" scenarios - what if I pay some of the principal with my bonus money? what if I used all my freelance work income to pay off additional principal? Accounting has helped me navigate through life - we spend money everyday of our lives. We need to understand how to do that. Along the way, we also learn about the value of discipline, perseverance and hardwork.
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Gianni’s Answer

Completed courses aside, follow your interests and passion! When you are doing something enjoy, everything will seem a lot easier to handle.


To answer your original question, the set of courses you listed seem to lean towards Computer Engineering, when compared with Accounting.

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Guilaine’s Answer

Hi Maria,

I would tell you to first look at what type of career you would like in the future. What are you most interested in?

Accounting has a lot of different careers and aspects. Computer science takes a larger role in all fields, including accounting. So your classes seem great for both so far!

I would recommend that you read and discuss with some professional in both sectors and see where you want to start and focus.

Best of luck!
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