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How is geology going to even help me in life if I want to follow a business/entrepreneurship career?

Im asking this question because I don't find this class helpful towards want I want a profession in towards my future and it is a requirement for me to take it.
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Thank you comment icon It may seem like it’s not necessary and you may not use it right away, however don’t let one class be a roadblock! Sometimes we have to do something we don’t like in order to move forward! Hope this helps! Tellissa Johnson

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REED’s Answer

Jose-

All I can say is stay the course especially in undergrad. You will take many courses that do not appear to have any relevance towards business but they are actually showing credible employers that you can complete things/courses that are not business based. A well rounded college graduate can land most entry-level positions or manger trainee positions. After your undergrad if you are determined to climb the ladder in the business it would behoove you to either shoot for a masters degree in your respective field or pursue an MBA. I have an executive MBA as well as two Masters degrees that are relevant to my current career as well as a Black Belt in Lean/Six-Sigma. Furthering my education after undergrad was critical to understanding really how business works and also was critical for my growth as a leader. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors and do not be bogged down by courses that seem to have little to no relevancy to your major, just graduate!
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Jeff’s Answer

I own multiple businesses. I swear to you there will be things you hate doing and have to study to accomplish. I continue to be amazed by the way rigorous study in college helps me clear hurdles in business. Planetary science had a ton of data I had to spit back out on a test. I got an A. To make a compelling case to the city about a building I want to build on a problematic lot I needed to have answers to about 50 questions and I suspected they would want to discuss maybe 10 of them. Turned out to be about 30 and the ability to store info and spit it out came in handy. I have a rule for academic work. I never drop anything and I never take less than a B.
As far as geology goes I have a friend who just retired from the field. He was always one step off from owning the lab's who usually ran. He was just such a techno-geek he couldn't make the leap. Being strong in general business acumen and knowledgeable in the sciences usually beats being rabidly good in the sciences and weak on the general stuff. (of course we can all think of high profile examples to the reverse. I am thinking mainly here of the vast majority of us who run businesses that do what others create, rather than folks like Bill Gates and Elon Musk who used highly technical skills to invent what they then build businesses around.)

Jeff recommends the following next steps:

Finish your class
Take standard business classes
Get a Job where you can learn and be the best employee they have
Get another job where you can learn something else and ditto
Launch your first business. Work like you know it will fail and you just want to keep it going as long as you can.
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Marcie’s Answer

An education is never wasted. Learning occurs in all different topics and is applied in many ways. Here are a few things to think about…

It is great that you have a plan – being a business/entrepreneur is a good goal to have. Many people in high school and early college don’t know what they want to be. Having a passion for something is very important, so congratulations on knowing what you want to do.

First, while you have a plan, life will throw curve balls at you. You may face obstacles achieving your goal that may cause you to pivot and take another direction. Having knowledge and skills in other areas will be very useful if/when this occurs.

Second, what type of business/entrepreneur do you want to be? It is a large field and you will have to specialize in something. Geology has many aspects – geology, geophysics, ear science, space science, hydrogeology, engineering geology, etc. As you develop and grow your company you might find that learning about these things will be helpful to your business.

Third, everyone needs a hobby. When I was in second grade I used to collect rocks.  One day I lost my box of rocks and was in tears. My mother used to work in a jewelry store. When her boss heard the story he gave me a set of sample polished stones that were extracted from South Africa. I still have the set 40 years later. When I travel for work or pleasure I still take rocks the locations I visit. Understanding the evolution of the earths surface and how rocks are categorized is very interesting. 

Lastly, businesses change due to demands from the environment – people, regulations, policy, change in the earth’s atmosphere/environment, etc. Geology informs commercial efforts to extract oil, gas, and ore. Currently there is a lot of press around acclimatization and fracking. While you may not be interested in these topics now, these are things you may find you are passionate about later in life. 

Marcie recommends the following next steps:

Challenge yourself...think about five ways geology could help your career or spark your interest/passion.
Do some digging...literally. Find some rocks, try to classify them.
Open your eyes and look around. We are surrounded by various landscapes, mountains, caves, rivers, lakes. Ask yourself...how did these get here, and what is under the surface.
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Michael’s Answer

Hey Jose!


I get it man. I started college wanting to be an entrepreneur, but I was getting an engineering degree with tons of technical classes.


Geology could benefit you in that you may pursue a business in the Oil & Gas industry or geology may not benefit you. It's not so much about the subject you are studying but the work ethic and grit that you learn from doing something that you don't feel like doing.


I guarantee that if you become an entrepreneur, you will have to do TONS of things that you don't want to do. From cold calling to emails to even firing people, none of that will be fun for you, but the lessons you are learning now about putting your head down and charging through what you don't enjoy, will pay off!


So as you go through this class, or any class where the subject isn't aligned with your dream of what you want to do in life, think of it has an opportunity to strengthen your "execution muscles." Being successful isn't about doing the things you want to do, it's about getting through the things you don't want to do.


Hang in there man!

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hi Jose!


I know you wanted advice from a business person but I thought I'd give you some perspective from a geoscientist. I had a different goal and a different major before I took my first geology course. To me that course was just a means to an end, a science elective I needed as part of my course requirement. It was a class I had no interest in taking. Little did I know that course would change my course in life. As the days went on and the more I learned about the environment around me, it was like someone had taken the blinders off and I stumbled into my passion. 


As a businessman no amount of knowledge will hurt your career. You may find your knowledge of geology to be an asset in networking or as a point of conversation to generate a lead. This is especially true in Houston and Texas in general where no matter your industry you will have clients that are in the oil and gas sector. You need to have the basic knowledge and background to communicate with these clients or you may lose their business to someone who can better understand their needs.


I hope you continue to learn about many different things because nothing is more valuable to companies that a well rounded individual.


Best of luck!


Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Try to see how geology is all around you and ask questions in class.
Continue to take classes that may or may not have a direct effect on your ultimate goal. These will help you when a future employer or client wants a well rounded individual not someone who stayed the course with blinders on.
Next time you learn something interesting try to bring it up in conversation with someone. This will help you build confidence in engaging with others in a more technical manner.
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Michael’s Answer

Perhaps it’s best to consider how you approach class rather than what the class is about.

Business is full of relationships and meetings. Not all will be interesting or seem relevant at the time. But to succeed where others fail, you’ll need a class in “turning an obstacle into an opportunity”. Focus on how you learn and adapt to topics in a way to make them interesting to you. It will go a long way when working with the necessary but less than exciting aspects of business.

You’ve got this!
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Michael’s Answer

Perhaps it’s best to consider how you approach class rather than what the class is about.

Business is full of relationships and meetings. Not all will be interesting or seem relevant at the time. But to succeed where others fail, you’ll need a class in “turning an obstacle into an opportunity”. Focus on how you learn and adapt to topics in a way to make them interesting to you. It will go a long way when working with the necessary but less than exciting aspects of business.

You’ve got this!
- Mike Hernandez
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MARTIN’s Answer

In my experience, Geology is a great opportunity to develop a solid future, Im 37 years into Geology in Water exploration, Mining Exploration and Operations. And every day I was doing with passion my work thanks the Geology and the many other Sciences than are part of the research on this wonderful experience about Earth and its secrets.

Into Geology there are many work field to develop. Oil Geology, Water Research, Ore Deposits, Environmental, Forensics, Quaternary Geology and many other alternate work areas.

The only need is that you can enjoy and take care of Nature and spent your life on field. taste to walk a lot and develop the observation to register all you can see around.
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Tracy’s Answer

At this stage in your life I would not be concerned with "career specific" choices in course work. It is much more important, I believe, for you to get a broad academic perspective, and to "learn how to learn". The subject matter I don't believe is critical, and you find some very interesting things in every field that you study. The specific knowledge and skills which you will need for your chosen profession will come later, and you be better prepared for that if you have pursued a well rounded education.

Thank you comment icon Geology could help you connect with future investors, clients and stakeholders. The knowledge will help you be a good conversationalist and show your diversity in knowledge promoting your soft skills. You may find yourself in need for some fun facts or an ice breaker a way to anecdotally express yourself in business where you need something people may be able to relate to. Try to look for general application of the subject matter in some of your daily interactions. Have fun with it! Knowledge and experience have an interesting way of promoting our goals and aspirations!! Chanchal Jain
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Eugene’s Answer

Geology teaches some basics about our earth. While it may feel like the focus is on the past, time is a conveyor belt that transforms the future into the present, and the present into the past. Our future is connected to the past or the past is connected to the future. Choose either point of view. The basic knowledge for geology can inform your understanding about sustainability and climate change. Many local government decisions about zoning and development can be better with an understanding of how our earthworks. Don't get tricked to think that geology changes only over millions of years. The disaster of the midwest dustbowl is only 100 years ago. Some parts of California are moving about one inch per year. Can you imagine a whole mountainside moving one inch a year?

Look for examples of geology in process in our modern life. A lot of social decisions are short-sighted. You will be observing geological scale changes in the next 20 years, 40 years, 60 years. All within your lifetime.
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Diane’s Answer

This question is so wonderful, because it can be asked about nearly any course that you take. The answer is simple. Learning anything teaches you how to learn.

When athletes go to the gym, they might do deadlifts. Not because they need to deadlift to play tennis or football or lacrosse or cross-country. They deadlift because it builds their muscles.

When you learn geology, you learn the scientific method. You build neuro pathways that help you figure things out and learn new things.

And you will always need to be able to do that!
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