- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Evening, bees! 🙂 I was wondering how many of you (if any) have more than one bachelors degree?
If so, what made you decide to get two? Are you glad you earned your second or do you feel that you shouldn’t have? Is there anything you’d recommend for someone who is looking to get a second degree? Do you feel that it has helped you in your career or other goals? Do you feel that it is worth it?
The reason I’m asking is that I will be graduating with my first bachelors this coming May. I am a little behind the 8 ball in that I’m 25 and this is my first degree. When I graduated highschool, I didn’t think college was important. Hah, oops!
Anyway, my major is Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology. I’ve done archaeology in the field and I can truly say I absolutely love it! That said, it is seasonal work at best if you’re not doing strictly academic archaeology, and either way, it’s very difficult as a field to get into and stay in. Also, the earning potential isn’t too hot…at least not until you get a graduate degree, which I’m not convinced I want in Anth/Arch. Still, I don’t regret making it my focus – it has been a lifelong passion of mine, and since I’m paying for the degree, I consider it time and money well spent.
In addition, my minor is Geographic Information Science, which I am absolutely loving. I am completely fascinated by how technology and geography are mashed together in our world and how much we depend on it even if we don’t think we do. And I’m an artistic and creative person, so making pretty maps makes me happy.
This year, focusing on my minor, I am being required to learn both Java and Python programming languages. I’ve never worked with programming before, but FI is a software engineer, and he has been teaching me and supplementing my learning at home, and I am really enjoying it. His earning potential is crazy insane, and he’s got a good job for a defense contractor in the area. Given that we live in the DC/Metropolitan area, government/contract work is basically what this area thrives off of and where the money is (unless you’re a lawyer or consultant for a private firm, lol).
I am seriously contemplating going back to school, even if slowly, for another bachelors degree, this time in Computer Science. I feel that with my GIS skills, I would likely be more marketable, especially given the tough economic climate. I am currently an intern for the federal government, but as soon as I graduate, I will lose my position. I have been looking internally at my current job for some openings or a foot in the door situation for when I DO graduate, but so far everything has come up dry due to sequestration. Meanwhile, CS jobs are actually out there, even if entry level. Plus, I think it would be valuable to have the degree and the skills, and would give me a lot more options career wise. AND, I like it. At least, I like it so far.
Another thing to note: I DO want to pursue a graduate degree someday, but I’m not entirely sure what field I’d want to pursue it in and I don’t want to pay for it until I get my feet wet in the areas I’ve studied/want to study, and figure that out. I have so many interests, I can’t pin one down right now. But I will eventually!
So, bees, how about you? Why did you do it? Would you recommend it? Was it hard? Share your stories!