(Closed) Advice/tips for getting a job with a meaningless college degree.

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee

@sheepandbear:  Have you thought about applying to a music library? They have administrative roles and your background would lend nicely to it.

Or at a music oriented non-profit? Like a fine arts center, music education advocacy organization or similar places? Really, anything in the Arts. Given your background, you could possibly move into a position (around your desireable salary), gain some practical and transferable skills (it would be M-F 8-5) and then you could re-assess in a year or two.

Just some thoughts.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

You could probably start looking for administrative assistant (secretary) type jobs. I don’t think they generally require a degree at all and they are generally jobs where you can learn on the job and be respected for hard work. I think 20 or more is realistic for that type of job. If you’re working full time for $10/hour, that is 20k. So anything above that you’re in the range you’re looking for.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Well, you say you can’t stand data entry jobs…does that mean you would not be interested in a job as a bank teller or as an administrative assistant? I mean, there is some data entry in both fields but a lot of customer service, too…

Those two were the first jobs I thought of, since they’re fields that would prefer a degree, but one is not necessarily required (and a degree in the field is not required). 

Unfortunately, with your degree you’re overqualified for a lot of “dead end” type jobs that would make you $20-25k a year, like environmental services at a hospital (pays better because of the biohazard). But….If you got your foot in the door in a healthcare organization in something like environmental services, you could easily transition into another position, like a surgical tech, which would pay better (and wouldn’t necessarily require any other training, other than on the job). 

I’m assuming you’ve already considering teaching music? If not, that’s a no brainer!! 🙂 

Post # 7
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Honey bee

@sheepandbear:  I would recommend starting with Indeed.com, Monster.com and other reputable employment sites.

Not that you cannot find a good job on craigslist, but I have been mislead a few times on craigslit and its not the easiet to navigate.

Generally though, an email or phone call inquiry is considered professional unless they specify a certain way to respond.

ETA: Since you haven’t finished your master’s degree, you might consider leaving it off your resume and applications. This could actually help in some cases with the “overqualified” issue. My Fiance did this as he has a master’s degree. It’s not lying, it’s just omitting and can help you get an interview.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@sheepandbear:  Most ads should have either a phone number or an email address…they’ll usually tell you how to apply. If there isn’t anything specific, I’d just reply to the ad with your cover letter as the email, and attach your resume. Follow up with a phone call or personal visit a few days later. Some of them will tell you “do not call about this position,” or “stop in to apply in person,” so keep an eye out for that! 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@bmo88:  Since you haven’t finished your master’s degree, you might consider leaving it off your resume and applications. This could actually help in some cases with the “overqualified” issue. My Fiance did this as he has a master’s degree. It’s not lying, it’s just omitting and can help you get an interview.

This is true, regarding not looking overqualified.  But, if someone is looking at the dates, they may want to know what you were doing during that gap in your resume.  Gaps usually mean someone is trying to ‘hide’ something. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@fascinated:  That is a valid concern, however, she has only been unemployed for a year. She could say she took time of to pursue personal interests and her love of music, which is true. She could mention studying music/pursuing a master’s in an interview. Since she hasn’t completed it yet, it’s not lying or hiding anything really.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

You could definitely give music lessons on the side, regardless of what you decide.  How many credits do you need for a master’s degree?  

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sheepandbear:  i have a degree in performing arts (classical musician) , and nearly done with a masters degree also in performance. i don’t know if you are interested in starting off self employed, but i will be getting the bulk of my income to begin with from private teaching. it means flexible hours, great pay per hour (though that would depend on your city and your level of qualification), it’s rewarding (but not easy!) and you can work with your schedule as you see fit. i do think it’s a great, reliable way to start earning steadily with skills as a performing musician. this is presuming you are interested in working in the music field!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Brigalia's

@sheepandbear:  What about trying to get a job as a music teacher in high school or middle school?  You could also teach music on the side in peoples homes or your own?  You could charge upwards of $20/hr and I would think it would be something any musician would enjoy… If you did well with it, you could even make it your full time job.  Also, you could try to get a job as an administrative assistant or other office jobs.  Also, whatever you apply for, try to tailor your resume to show that your previous positions gave you relevant experience.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Brigalia's

@sheepandbear:  oh, and if you’re only 1 semester shy of getting your masters, why not finish?  (I’m in a similar situation, I have a Bachelor’s that is essentially useless and working a job that requires a Bachelor’s but a few yrs ago I could have gotten the job right out of hs… so I feel you)

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

So you told us what you dont want to do, but what would make you happy?

Working with people? Working by yourself? Something creative?

Think of the traits you like and let us know. There are more options out there than you think and once you set a goal you can take the steps to get where you want to be. It may take a few jobs and some work (IE volunteering, networking etc) but you can get there.

IE, you would ideally love to work with music still and like to work with kids- Ask your local library if you could volunteer to teach kids music. Even using spoons and buckets to drum do supplies are cheap. Get experience doing that.  From there that could give you experience to work with other music related non-profits. In the meantime get an administrative job so that you have that experience too.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Like others have said, you could look into private teaching. My friend has an MFA in theater and charges $100/hr for singing lessons.

Are there any school choir teaching positions you could apply for? Or private preschools (they like people with a background in music)?

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