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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

 Today, I do not see the value in a university education unless it is Med School.  The costs are prohibitive for the majority and the hope of a job upon graduation is dismal.  I do not believe there is enough practical learning and we today have a society of "book smart" people with zero common sense plus a new sense of entitlement. 

No longer is there a career/job for life and the world is changing too fast to know what will be doable in 5 years.  My suggestion is to find your purpose and your passion and go the entrepreneurial route. Secure your future by taking control of your future.

I also believe Apprentice programs should be brought back to allow kids to learn on the job under a skilled senior.

May 20, 2015 01:59 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I am not sure I would go to college if I had to do it again.  Maybe straight into real estate, not sure how seriously anyone would take an 18 year old kid.  But if I did it would probably be a business major or something with computers.

May 20, 2015 01:53 AM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

My degree is in journalism and education. If I had it to do over, I might pick business and marketing.

May 19, 2015 11:59 PM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Golf Course Architect/Design, I love being out on the course and looking at the land to try to figure out how I would place a golf course on it, the travel would be nice and seeing some beautiful places would not upset me either.

May 19, 2015 06:53 AM
Virginia Youngblood
DO-STAGE! LLC - an ASPM® Home Staging Company - Charlotte, NC
DO-STAGE! LLC - Home Stager - ASPM®

Yes, this is a great question.  I was an education major.  I would now want to become a business major or marketing with an emphasis on an entrepreneur program!  To be able to run a business and teach others how to as well.

May 20, 2015 01:40 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I would want to be an architect, so I would major in that.  

May 20, 2015 06:29 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Psychology.  Cause isn't that what we are doing?


May 20, 2015 05:48 AM
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

My degree is in psychology - use it a lot in this business.   

May 20, 2015 04:34 AM
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Hey Chris,


I'm thinking it would be Psychology.  I think I was born to be a real estate professional, so having a degree would be great to work with different clients personalities and mannerisms. 


Great Question!


May 20, 2015 02:25 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

I received a degree in Business Administration & have never regretted that.  Today I would lean more toward the technology side of things, but business is still a great major.  You always need to know how to manage your own personal business, or how to start a business.  You will never get rich working for somebody else!

May 19, 2015 11:58 PM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I like urban planning and economic development. Sustainable business I see as the future. I have a MSW degree and am doing volunteer wirk with not for profits in the area of affordable housing and this also is something I wish I had done earlier on in my career. 

May 19, 2015 10:36 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Physiology major. We deal daily with stress, drama, nerves and all other expressions of human nature. I am sure, I would be a good therapist!


May 19, 2015 05:33 PM
Karissa Moore
K&G Realty Services, LLC - Templeton, MA
Residential & Commercial Professional since 2000

Start with a  BA in Business.  Most seem to find a passion midstream.  Good Luck!

May 19, 2015 10:57 AM
Chris Webb
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's Social Media Expert

Spirit Messingham I made the decision to go into software design or computer programming. It is the mechanics of the future. No matter where anyone wants to work, software and coding is going to be in the business. Thanks for asking! 

May 19, 2015 06:03 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Good question.  I graduated with Sociology/Anthropology and if I had to do it over, I would do the same thing.  Get in, get a degree (with honors) as fast as I can and get out.  Course, I dont really "need" a degree as a Realtor, but that plus 10 years of Fortune 500 sales experience has helped me in this field.   How about you, what would you do differently?

May 19, 2015 05:57 AM
Javier Varon
Carlsbad, CA

Accounting and public speaking.

May 19, 2015 05:43 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I have never regretted my Marketing major since everyone has to always be Marketing their products or services to stay employed in any job; but I do think it would have been cool to have majored in abnormal psych and / or to be a doctor.

If I was only after the money (which I am not) and didn't have a heart, I would probably go into bankruptcy law since you can find lots of clients that owe more than their assets will cover and you can rack up huge billable hours and get paid with preference.

May 21, 2015 05:24 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

If I had it to do all over again, I'd have focused on languages during my early education and gone for the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.  I served on some State Department treaty negotiating teams in the '70s, and learned so much.  And I have a lot of friends whe are/were career diplomats.  I think the Foreign Service is a great life and a great way to serve our country.

May 21, 2015 02:10 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a great question!  And a tough question, too.  I've been many different things.  I'd love to study business and be involved in start ups!


May 20, 2015 12:14 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Computer science and marketing, although if I had learned the intelligent use of basic software programs, Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, Intuit and a few others, it wouldn't be necessary to have a college degree IMHO, I would get into sales immediately and after a few years start my own company. 

May 20, 2015 09:29 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I amassed over 260 hours in college and had enough hours for three degrees in philosophy, history, and sociology. I needed 4 required courses and some filler hours. I would love to go back and finish those. Is it any wonder I am a REALTOR®.

May 20, 2015 03:38 AM
Rose O'Reilly Sievers,CRS,SRES
Carlsbad, CA

Although my husband and I owned 2 franchises, I would have liked to study computer science so I would now be tech savy.  Previous to that, my husband was an executive for an International Airline and we lived in New York,  Taiwan, West Berlin, American Samoa and Moscow.  I am happy to be in Sunny San Diego and don't want to travel, since I have been there, done that.

May 20, 2015 02:49 AM
Keith Whited
RE/MAX Gateway - Alexandria, VA

As a graduate of good ol' SHK (School of Hard Knocks) I really don't know if I'd do anything different. I dropped out of Pitt after one yer because of pressure to persue a degree that I really had little interest in. I'm happy with the success I've achieved nad the career I've chosen and have never looked back.

May 20, 2015 01:23 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Engineering. Demand and pay. 

May 20, 2015 12:40 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

An entrepreneur program.  One that taught how to start and run a business. 

May 20, 2015 12:38 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Psychology and ergonomics.

Or simply read up on Feng Shui. (I might be kidding)

In a world where each citizen is receiving information from increasing narrower channels. the great need to communicate that we all embrace the same need for peace, health and a better future for our children is held in common within our hearts. A voice of reason and peace must rise in place of the war mongers leading distressed populations of vanity world wide.

Should such a voice rise up, Google would not allow us to hear it because our browsing history dictates you read more of the same stuff you've already consumed. 

Where is the one who aspires to be the voice of reason, of good news, of hope? 

If I were to begin again, were asked to advise regarding the course of most benefit, it would be a study in Apologetics of a generic nature.

Equipped so, one is able to identfy the greater purpose, the greater goal of others and effectively guide them to acheivement in a manner benefical to all involved.


May 19, 2015 11:02 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

French Literature.  Just kidding.  I wish I would have gone to law school.  Why? love contract and real estate law.  

May 19, 2015 08:56 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Business and marketing. Today, there are more self-employed folks.

May 19, 2015 06:51 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Chris - Well, I have a degree in business, but I would probably go a little more technical these days. I would choose computer science, programming, or maybe engineering with an emphasis in computer technology.

May 19, 2015 04:13 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nursing.  Until my Grandmother fell ill about 10 years ago I never thought I could have done that job.  But I could have

May 19, 2015 12:54 PM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

Just because I find it interesting: Texas History and Mexican American History

May 19, 2015 07:00 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I don't think I would do anything different.  I had a liberal arts education with a major in Russian and a minor in French.  I went on to get a dual Masters in Slavic Languages and Literatures.  As useless as this sounds, the perspective and understanding I have of the world at large, and the knowledge I gleaned from liberal arts is priceless.  I would have also studied computer science and programming... A

May 19, 2015 06:08 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Some type of computer skill.

Dec 19, 2018 07:12 AM
Jillian La Rocque
St Thomas, VI

If I have to do formal study right now, it would be for a Special Education teaching degree. I did after-school tutoring for some years as a side gig and it was such a fulfilling experience. Regular teachers are in great numbers and there is the need for attention to be given to those who are special.

May 26, 2015 02:29 AM