(Closed) Did you go to school for something you now hate?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 4
12905 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I studied Political Science, which is kind of an easily translatable degree to many fields.  In my last semester of college though, I realized I didn’t want to be in politics, so that was a bit of a blow.  My graduate degree is in Criminology, and since I work very closely with law enforcement in my current job, it’s coming in useful. 

Post # 5
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

yup me, travel and toursim. i got my certification but never went to get a job. i’m going back to school now to be a medical lab tech (hopefully vet lab tech).

i’ve also taken wedding planning and cosomotology too. 

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t do what I went to school for – exactly.  I’m a chemical engineer, and I work in an engineering field, but definitely don’t design and reactors or piping layouts. 🙂 

I don’t think any education is wasted.  In my case – it proves that I can learn, think critically, and stick with something.  I always prefer to hire people with at least an associates, since they can start and finish something. 

Post # 7
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a degree in Elementary Education and have no desire to be a teacher right now. I’m hoping maybe if I give it a break for a while I will feel differently. I had been in college right after high school and took classes over the summer so I never stopped with school. I feel burnt out! Well see what happens.  

Post # 8
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Me! I went to school for Accounting, and realized my senior year that I really wasn’t a fan of it. I gave it a good chance though…2 1/2 years in the field and I was done. Too many people that are uptight and think that they have to stay late in order to keep up with appearances. 

I work in HR now. I love it…helping people is so much more rewarding for me than crunching numbers. 

Post # 9
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@s.renea9:  Well I’m not in the exact same situation as you, but I studied English in school.. got the 4-year degree in it. I can’t say I was ever super passionate about it, but I was good at it, and didn’t do so well in the math required for business school (what I really wanted to do). With that said, though, I did end up getting a really good job out of it. The only thing is I am not passionate about my job. I like the money, the people I work with, and that’s pretty much it.

So I wouldn’t say I wasted my schooling or regret it… I just need to figure out another career path somehow that lets me do my passions. Working on starting a side business.

Hey, at least you can give people haircuts… maybe your future kids? Haha.

Post # 11
1030 posts
Bumble bee

whilst i studied drama, i learnt that 90% of people who study drama are twats.

i don’t do drama anymore. i’m an office manager.

and the stupid thing is, i got my experience for this job before i went to university, but they only interviewed me because i had a degree.

strange place, the job market!

Post # 12
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Nope… sorry, does high school count? 

I went to school (paid for by the government) for a desktop publishing course, have my certificate and everything, but no jobs!

Then I got training in an Industrial Electrician Program (that was also paid for by a Women In Trades Program, Government based) It cost $10,000 per person, we had to write a personal thank you letter to them. A fire alarm section was incorporated in that program and I did fire alarm testing and stuff for 4 years until my arthritis got too much. 

YES, when you are on Welfare in Canada, you get “spoiled” Loads of programs for the unemployed and nobody can say they can’t get “off” welfare because it’s not true!

Post # 13
15 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes I’ve done that.  But I don’t see it as a waste because all education and training is useful and can be applied in different ways.  It also helps you grow as a person and gives you a new experience.  

I think you should go ahead and get the license and have it just in case.  Be proud of yourself for finishing!

Post # 15
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes, law school.  I met my husband there, so I try to focus on that.

Just to make you feel a little better about yoru situation, not only do I not want to be a lawyer, but my debt is higher than my monthly rent, and will not be paid off for almost 30 years.  This is typical of law school graduates.

Post # 16
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@s.renea9:  google job shadowing for nurse in your city. there are many hospitals and colleges/universities that will let you do a job shadow (just not with doctors). i just applied for one today to make sure its what i want. my family was not surprised when i said i was going back to school….again.

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