Post # 1
I started out as a nursing major and that didn’t really work out. I ended up switching to psychology because it was fastest and required me not wasting much time. I knew that I would likely not get a high paying job from my undergrad but I didn’t mind since I have always planned to go to grad school anyway. Now, I’m graduating in 3 semesters and I still can’t decide what program I want to enter for grad school. Im serious to know what other bees have gone to grad school for? Are you makimg what you expected to?
Post # 3
I went to study anthropology. Sadly, the industry is currently crashing and burning around my ears and I’m very worried about what job I’ll get. I’m still hoping for a job I will genuinely love, but I’ll probably never make anything even approaching an average wage, let alone an average wage for someone with a degree.
But then…. I didn’t so it for the money. If I’d done it for the money, I would have studied one of the other academic loves of my life instead… genetics.
Post # 4
I’m currently in graduate school in a clinical psychology program, so I don’t know if I’ll make what I’m expecting yet 🙂 I am very research-heavy rather than clinician focused so that also makes a difference in salary expectations. What types of programs are you thinking of?
Post # 5
@Ninteenthchance: I just finished my Masters in Accounting. It was only a 1 year (3 semester program). I have just started my job and I would say I am making decent money, but in my line of work the pay increases more once you have passed your CPA exam, not necessarily completing a Masters. I only did graduate school so I would reach the 150 credits that are required for candidates to have in order to even be eligible to sit for the CPA exam (in Wisconsin). Once I pass the CPA exam potential salaries will increase and there will be a plethera of new job opportunities/promotions.
Find something you are passionate about. Research the cost-benefit relationship of different graduate degrees. I know several people who got their MBA and said it was a waste for the jobs they are in. However, others have sworn by their MBA.
Post # 6
I am currently completing my Masters in Social Work. I absolutely love it. It’s a professional program, there is a practicum to get real world experience, and there are endless possibilities to the places you can work and the types of jobs that you can do. Obviously I am biased, but follow your heart and pursue whatever you feel you will love. I just thought I would share the things that I love about my program.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
I have a Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders. I work as a Speech Language Pathologist, specializing in medical speech pathology and geriatrics. Not a bad job.
Post # 8
Mine will be in Speech-Language Pathology. It’s a 2 year program with the second year being clinical work in schools and hospitals.
Post # 9
My first bachelors was a triple major in communication, political science, and anthropolgy. Which equals no job. Went back and got my BSN. Graduated last year with my MSN in nurse anesthesia. Definitely worth it. I think a good rule of thumb these days is that if your major/degree is not also a job title, you’re going to have trouble finding a job. You have to have a specialized set of skills for a specific job. Generic liberal arts type degrees aren’t worth the paper they are written on anymore.
Post # 10
Mine was in Applied Social Science Social Care Studies.
Post # 11
Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, concentrating in Mechanics and Materials
Post # 12
I have a doctorate in Psychology. I’m more interested in the clinical side rather than research (that’s why I didn’t get the Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology).
Post # 13
My Master’s was in (Vocational) Rehabilitation Counseling. I work with clients doing employment plans (short term and long term employment goals), possibly including educational, and vocational goals based on the results of their vocational evaluation.
Post # 14
My graduate degree is in Health Education and Promotion. I”m making a little less than I had expected, but I knew amongst educators, health ed was the one to make the least amount of money. I didn’t get into it for the money at all. I pondered going to law school, but decided it wasn’t for me. My partner is almost done with a graduate degree in nursing (family nurse practitioner). He has a bachelor’s degree in communication, and then went back to school for an accelerated degree in nursing (BSN). His MSN program took three years, and he basically is working full time, school full time, and clinical. if you want to almost always have a guaranteed job and make decent money, I say go get a nursing degree (but I will say, of the people he has worked with, those that don’t enjoy nursing don’t last – that could be their floor though).
Post # 15
I’m halfway through my Master’s in Library and Information Science, concentrating in Archives Management. I’ll graduate in the Spring. I really love my program, and you can actually use an MLS for lots of different careers.
Post # 16
I’m in the middle of a masters in School Counseling program. It’s a three year program, but it has a practicum AND year long internship built in. Right now my plan is to work at a middle school level.