Post # 1
I’m currently in my 3rd of 4 years of a Bach education/Bach of arts and I hate it. I love the arts but I hate the education. It is not what I want to do with my life. I realise that I’m nearly done, so I feel like I should just bite the bullet and finish, but I will then be left with debt from a semi useless degree! I also feel like I’m just wasting my time. All the education subjects have taught me is how much I disagree with the education system and so I look at it all with a fair bit of distrust/disrespect.
I guess I’m just looking for some perspective. Did any bees finish the degree they hated and end up enjoying it? Or did you ditch it for something you actually care about?
I know that my career options are limited if I do not complete the education degree, but I know I would be much happier in a different job. Any advice?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I always knew I wated to teach. I was a Spanish Education Major along with which I got my teaching dergree. I’ve been teaching for 8 years so I definitely don’t regret it!! Most of my friends regret their degrees, admittedly.
Post # 4
I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, and it’s pretty useless! I make $13/hr, and that’s the most I’ll ever make unless I get director certified and move into admin work!
Post # 5
Every damn day. My entry level job out of college took me 16 months to find (advertising). Less than a year later the company went under and I was out of a job. I bounced back quickly working somewhere else but doing absolutely nothing in my field of study (govt testing). Now another year has passed and I want out and back to what I used to do, and to do that, I am going to have to take a paycut. =/
Post # 6
While I don’t truely regret any of my degrees, I wish I would have just gone into x-ray from the get go, instead of trying to make a career out of a hobby. I have a BA in fine art. However, if I were in your shoes, I would just finish. You’re almost done, and many employers look for a bachelor’s degree on resumes, even if what they’re interviewing for has nothing to do with the degree. I ended up hating the art world once I was almost finished, but I felt burnt out on it. It was more important to me to finish what I started instead of just throwing in the towel and quitting.
Post # 7
Yes, I do. I could be doing exactly what I am doing now with no degree which would mean no debt. The amount of debt I am in compared with the amount of money I make can make things tight sometimes.
Post # 8
I have my BS in History, Secondary Education. I taught for two years and then stopped. It is pretty much useless to me now but I’m glad I have it and the experiences that went along with it.
I found that even with teaching experience, companies were not interested in hiring me for even entry level admin work. It sucks that a degree doesn’t mean that much any more. I got lucky that a friend’s stepfather needed a receptionist.
Post # 9
I have two bachelors and a masters, and I don’t for one minute regret any of my degrees. I’m not making as much as I would like, but I knew that going into my program (English), and even though I’m not working in my ideal job (book editing) right now, I know I managed to match my passion to potential careers and that works for me. I do use what I learned from my degrees in English and Public Relations every day, and I wouldn’t be where I am without at least a BA.
Granted, I’m blessed to not have any student debt, so I can see that influencing the right answer for you.
Post # 10
I’m 6 years in, with 2 (hopefully) more to go and i couldnt regret it anymore then i already do. I can’t quit at this point though because of my insane student debt! (I’m talking well over 6 figures…). I see all my friends who did a nice little 2 year course or got a job right after high school, and they are all buying houses, have cars and are in a position to start a family. me? hah! I’ve got 2 official years left of medschool, then I have residency (if i get a spot…) then I have to work my ass off to get my student debts payed off… I’ll be lucky if I can enjoy my life by the time i’m 50… McDonald’s is looking like a good career option from my perspective…
Post # 11
I left halfway through a degree because I realised that the job it would lead to I wouldn’t want to do, and now I am almost finished with a bachelor in a subject that was not only super interesting to study but will most likely land me in a career I can see myself doing for the rest of my life.
The downside is that I have obscene amounts of study related debt and will be older than I wanted when I start my proper career and try for children etc, but I have no doubt that it was worth it. I’d rather wait a little longer getting started than be miserable until I retire.
Is there any chance that, if you finish this degree, you can add a masters on top that will point you in a more desirable direction? If you drop out now will you then be able to take up another degree at a later date?
Post # 12
I don’t regret my business degree, but I do regret my concentration in marketing. My goal after college was to get a job in marketing, which I did. But the more I get into the field, the more I realize it’s not the right career for me. I enjoy marketing, but I no longer see it as what I want to spend my life doing. What I have come to enjoy after being in the workforce is operations management, and I envision myself being able to make a career out of it. And looking back at business school, all of my favorite classes involved operations. I’ll likely go back for my MBA in a few years, but this time I want to focus on operations instead.
Post # 13
I’m finishing mu computer engineering degree and I hate it, I’m not ashamed of admiting it, because I do. I like some parts, but most of them are boring as hell. I choose this degree because I know I will find a god paying job very easly (or at least more easely then with other) and I like working in this area (i’ve worked before in my field), but the learning part is just baaaah! hatefull, why? because they could make us do incredably interesting projects, but nooo… they do stupid ones, with I hate to study for.
In a perfect world, I would be studing literature and writing skills but, I want to be a fiction writer, and I will, but I’m taking this degree to ensure I don’t starve to death before it happens 😛
Post # 14
My degree, no – however I do regret going to an expensive private school and incurring SO much debt without really understanding what I was getting myself into. My family is notoriously bad with money and I was never really counseled on what loans meant. I went into the whole thing pretty naively, and now I have $56k left to pay off.
My degree, however, has gotten me exactly where I want to be. I earned a BA with a dual major – anthropology and writing – which has allowed me to present myself as an interesting job candidate with a strong background in something businesses actually need. I also did an internship within my city that helped me get a leg up, and I was able to do it successfully despite my low income status because it was during the school year on campus with the University’s publishing press.
Right now my little brother is getting ready to choose a college, and I’ve counseled him to go where the money is AND make sure he lays down a solid foundation of real-world courses and study that will help him net a job if his passion (Opera) doesn’t work out.
Post # 15
@bleusteel: Haha, see I wish I *had* studied marketing because after spending time in the copywriting field I both desire to work more in a marketing setting AND see where the gaps are in my education when I try to apply for jobs.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
I love my degree and what I do but I wish someone had told me how grossly overworked and underpaid I would be.