(Closed) Did you find a job with your BA degree?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

What’s your BA in?

I have a BA in Psychology – one of the most useless, but apparently most versatile. I am an independent contractor for several different places right now, but I’ve been offered a job recently as a case worker in the social work arena.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did – I was a lab manager for a university lab. I didn’t want to be stuck in that job forever though, so I went on to graduate school. I had a BS in Psychology.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did, I got my undergrad in poltical science and I started my government job one month later.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I found a job, but not with my degree. I have a BBA in Marketing, and I wanted to get into social media. I ended up at a local greenhouse, under the guise of being their office admin AND taking over their social media. I ended up working 50 hour weeks, getting screamed at daily, and working the job of 6 people for $12/hr with no benefits.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My BA is in English, I was offered a job in my feild-ish. Proof reading at a local ad company.  Pay was 8 bucks. I kept my 13$ forktruck job

Now I’m getting my masters in mental health counciling.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I have my BA in English and I work in sales. It’s an OK job with good pay and for a great company. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have BAs in Political Science and Criminology Law and Society.  I didn’t look for a job after college and just went straight to law school.

My thinking about liberal arts degrees is that it’s not so much the subject matter that’s important but the skills they teach you.  Critical thinking, writing, communication, etc.  And those can translate really to any industry.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

With just a BA my main job skills were typing 100wpm and speaking Japanese (or at least that’s how it was viewed); I had two admin jobs after college at Japanese companies in NY before deciding to go back and get my masters’ (International Affairs).

The second job sent me over the edge–I worked in sales in a hotel, and our dress code specifically forbade trousers and required pantyhose (and clean panties every day, although fortunately that was never checked!). I remember looking at grad school as two years of no hose!

After my masters’, I somehow ended up in finance despite insisting I’d never do it. Almost 20 years later and I’m still here…

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

BA in Economics, I have worked at a bank and now a consulting firm

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a B.S. in psychology. If I were to get a job related to my degree in my current area of residence, I’d be stuck at minimum wage or less than $9/hour. If I want more pay, I need a Master’s.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

I have a BA in writing and journalism, and tbh, it got me my job but I don’t use it. My bosses hired me because I have a stellar work ethic. The degree just kind of showed them that I’m educated and resourceful. So, I guess it helped me find a job.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

BA in sound engineering, and i’ve worked in my field for 3 years. 

 @sherryberry:  The degree just kind of showed them that I’m educated and resourceful. So, I guess it helped me find a job. <- this, exactly.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m finishing up my B.A. in Psychology while simultaneously starting work towards my Master’s in (research) Psychology/Developmental Psychopathology. There are plenty of jobs utilizing a B.A. in Psych, but generally they all pay under $15-$20 per hour. Also, you’ll need experience in addition to the degree.

In my opinion, a humanties or social science degree IS worth something, but only if during undergrad you get a lot of experience in a particular field through volunteering, internships, etc. Alot of people think of a B.A. as a credential that automatically qualifies you to do something, but it just doesn’t work that way for most degrees. You have to have evidence that you know how to do something specific that translates into an actual job in the real world.

Lucky for me my plan was always to go to graduate school, so I still have plenty of time to get the experience I’ll need once I get out into the real world.

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