Did anyone not go to college?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@honeypatch:  I didnt graduate highschool because of moving around a lot and transfering schools to often. I lost a lot of credits so I just couldnt catch up with all the credits lost so I dropped out. I recently got my GED (recently as in like 2 years lol) and I started going to school for a bit but I couldnt continue due to my busy schedule and my toddler.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Im a licensed cosmetologist so i technically went to a trade school… We plan on me being a stay at home mom next promotion FI gets anyways so I have no need for a degree!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I didn’t go straight out of high school because I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I went to college (in Canada, college is different than university) for a year, but didn’t like it so I dropped out. The following year I went to a different college for something else, but didn’t like it and dropped out after four months. After that, I went to university for a year and a half, but ended up realizing I didn’t like where it was going so I dropped out again. I did really well and was on the Dean’s List everywhere I went, but it didn’t change that I had no passion for anything that I studied and was very bored by it all. 

Now I work as an administrative assistant in a real estate office and I do property management on the side. I’m also currently considering getting my real estate license. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

DH didn’t finish college. He took some CC classes, but never got even an AA. He works for Publix (the grocery store in Florida) and eventually will make far more than I will. I have a BA summa cum laude, an MA, and a PhD.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I never went. Between the cost and just other factors… I ended up not going. Right outta school I got a job as an optometric technician, and then when I moved back to pa, I went back to work at a fastfood job until I was able to find another opto tech job…. Then I went from being the tech to moving up to an office manager. I have been very fortunate in regards to jobs.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  I have a PhD and when I met my husband, he hadn’t finished his bachelor’s either. That said, he did go back and finish but he was 37 when he graduated. He has made more than me until now, but I am also starting my first job out of grad school so it was kind of unfair to compare!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@Waitingbee57:   Congratulations on your GED! Im sure you felt very proud of yourself! 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@honeypatch:  I went to college straight out of high school for one year.  Then- my divorced parents squabbled over crap (it’s been 15 years so I honestly don’t remember the specifics)— and then no one told me I had money that had been set aside to go to school!!!

So because everyone was fighting over who was going to pay, I finally put my foot down three weeks before school was going to start and said I coudn’t handle this anymore and I wasn’t going back.

 

After that, I started working so I could move out– and then I needed to keep working full time in order to support myself.  I wansn’t going to go back to school + work full time because even though many people do it, I knew it wouldn’t be easy for me to do.  There was never a good time to go back for me.

I’m married now, and my son is five and in school all day– so I am actually considering starting to take online classes now (at the lovely age of 33)– assuming I can get a loan or financial aid.

There were many times that regretted not going back to school– but I honestly didn’t know how I could go about doing it (I could not live at home- as much as I love my parents, I didn’t want to live with either one of them for any extended period of time).  But regretting things is a waste of time– so I’ve stopped doing that and embrace what I have– and hope to go back to school in the near future! 🙂

I worked at an upscale garden center for 5 years as a retail manager.  They became like family to me and one of the owners is one of my son’s godparents.

Then I moved on and was the office manager at a small sales company.  I really liked my job, but the owner was a douche, so I finally left (pardon my language)– 

then I stayed home with my son for 4.5 years….then I was a server– which I actually really liked.  

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I finished one year of college and then decided not to go back due to financial & family issues. I moved back home (as I went to an out of state college), then got hired at a large investment firm working in retirement. I moved myself up within the company and obtained 3 licenses and got promoted to financial analyst within 3 years. I then continued working for the company for a total of 6 years.

I recently (October 2013) left that company to move to another financial firm where I am also a financial analyst with better pay and more room for growth. I make a great living for someone my age (25) with no college degree, but I truly started from the bottom and worked my way up. I make a significant amount more than 95% of my friends and I have zero student loans. It doesn’t always work that way but I am truly blessed & happy with my decision to not finish school and I have no plans to go back.

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