Post # 1
I’ve noticed a lot of bees do, so I’m just wondering how many of us do not? I think it’s great that there are so many well-educated ladies on WB. I never intended to NOT follow through with college, until I got there & found the combination of school & a full-time job to be too demanding. I tend to go at a lot of things full-speed for awhile, but I get easily overwhelmed so I burn out before I’m done. Such was the case with college, although I DO usually manage to accomplish all of the short-term goals I set for myself.
Despite not having a degree, I have a great job with wonderful benefits, & all my bills are paid. Sure I could be making more money probably & have a title attached to my name, but I just didn’t stay the course.
One thing I’m always curious about is that I know SO many people who have upper degrees, but are working median jobs the same as me. Our pay is practically the same. Why would someone have a psych degree & not use it?! This baffles me! That’s like owning a new Porsche & driving an old Honda IMO. If I invested all the years, effort & money into something like that, you bet I would use it!
I guess this calls for a spin-off question: Anyone have a degree they’re not using?
Post # 3
I wish I did, but I don’t. I can’t afford to get one.
Post # 4
@okqueenbee: I have a psych degree I’m not using 😉 I think for a psych degree to really be useful in a “career,” you have to pursue a master’s or a PhD.
I switched from pre-med to psych when it became clear I definitely didn’t want to be a doctor – I knew I wanted to be in a more creative field and since my college didn’t offer what I wanted, I picked a major I enjoyed and found interesting. I work in advertising now. Technically something I could have done without a degree, but I developed a lot of critical thinking skills (and life experience) from college.
Post # 5
I have degrees. And to answer your question about not using the degree, I’m not because unfortunately I’m having trouble finding a job where I can. In fact I would love to even find a job like yourself “great” with good benefits. So far no luck, I’m still looking though. Hoping for the best when we move after the wedding.
Post # 6
I don’t have one but I almost did. I speak 3 languages fluently and have traveled to about 20 countries, if that counts for anything.
Post # 7
I don’t either. I would have loved to go to University but personal circumstances did not permit. I always thought I knew what I wanted to be but I’m now in a good job and settled in it. I’m not sure that if I manage to go back to school I would want to leave my job!!
Post # 8
I have a degree in political science. It was pretty useless for a few years after I left actively working campaigns but now I use it everyday in my writing, radio show appearances, and other activities I do to earn cash. It’s not the direction I thought I would have used it in when I got it but I’m thrilled I found a new way in which it’s useful. To be honest, to do any of the things I’ve done over my career, I didn’t really need it and not a single person has ever asked about having a degree.
Post # 9
@okqueenbee: I have a degree in world history that will never be put to use. Oh well. It was a waste of money but I still don’t regret studying my favorite subject.
BTW don’t feel bad when you read about so many Bees having college degrees. A lot of them claim to be 20 year old full time students who own homes and work 40 hours a week, in addition to having enough free time to plan an elaborate wedding. Don’t believe everything that you read.
Post # 10
@okqueenbee: I have 3 college diplomas(different than in the US I think?). One in journalism, one in Teaching assistant and one as a law clerk. The first two, I’m not using but the last one, I am.
Post # 11
In most ways, I “use” all of my degrees in my current work. I credit that mostly to the fact that I didn’t go to college to find myself, I went to college to gain a specific skill set that would prepare me for the exact work I wanted to do. I realize, that not all 17 year olds know their precise career goal and what kind of degree(s) they should pursue to achieve it, but IMO, it is a very important thing to figure out about oneself BEFORE you go to college. Actually, I encourage people with no specific goals to forego college awhile (it’ll still be there next year or the year after) while they find some direction. There’s nothing like going to college with a PLAN! I will encourage my children to do the same.
Post # 12
I have a BA and an MA. My BA was required for my job, my MA was in addition to and is helping me in my job search, but it didn’t help me any with my current position (no additional pay/title/anything).
Now that I’m saddled with student loan debt, my opinion on degrees has changed. If you have a job you love with a liveable salary without a degree, why burden yourself going on? It’s not as though college is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; down the road, you could always decide to go back and finish a degree if you desired!
Post # 13
No Degree here, when you have cancer at 21 and trying to pay all the medical bills yourself. School was put on the back burner. Thankfully I have been given a good job with good benefits… etc.
Post # 14
I have a BA, and am working on getting into an MA program that will (if the plan pans out) then funnel directly into a PhD program.
Post # 15
I have an undergrad and a master’s degree.
@okqueenbee: spin off: I work in the field I studied.
Post # 16
i have an undergraduate and masters degree.
my husband never finished college. he couldn’t afford it and needed to work.