(Closed) College is not for everyone…

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My degree is in accounting. I’m currently a budget manager at a fortune 100. It’s definitely necessary. In my region of the country, particularly with the economy, a college degree is very important. Even some of the administrative assistants in our office have associate’s degrees. It’s a competitive job market and every little bit that sets you apart helps, whether it be a degree or experience. But yeah, I definitely know people who have degrees that don’t match their current jobs. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I could not do my job without my degree, and probably not with out my master’s degree either. Not going to college was not an option for my parents, so off I went 🙂 What do your future in-laws do that their degree is completely useless?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have never used my degree (BA in English/Secondary Education) unfortunately, but I’m glad for the social experiences college gave me, lol!  If I could do things over I would have gone into nursing or accounting because many of my friends have successful careers in those fields, but me being a Stay-At-Home Mom mom, oh well, it’s not really necessary.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@UpstateCait: Actually, I was thinking about this earlier today! I only have a few friends who went to school and my Fiance was the only one out of his friends to get a degree. My Fiance worked his ass off to get his degree and unfortunately his job isn’t everything he’d hoped it to be. I’m still a student (Business/Marketing), but I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever end up using my degree. Most of my career interests are not steady professions – like real estate, interior design, etc. Go figure.   

The frustrating thing is that the majority of our friends did not go to school after high school, but have parents who own their own businesses, so many of our friends have just lucked out and been spoiled with high salaries from their parents… which isn’t to say that they don’t work hard, but still… grrrr!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it’s a waste of time for people right after high school. At least it was for me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life at 18.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you have a degree, do you actually work in a profession where your degree was required?   Yes.  I am a Business Analyst/Project Manager.  I have my Associate’s in Business, Bachelor’s in Accounting, and my MBA.  I don’t have a penny of debt.  My previous employer paid for almost all of it.  Degrees in my field are absolutely required.  In fact, I have friends that are well qualified and are being passed over for not having a Masters.

 

o be honest, it is a little alarming to me that you are an auditor without a degree and/or CPA, since it is such a specialized and technical field.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am working on getting a degree (I’ll be done in August), and honestly, I view it as a waste of time and money.

Essentially my parents forced me into going to school, because my mom didn’t and now she regrets it. However, when I look at the jobs related to my degree (Sociology), you need a Masters or higher, in which I have no intentions of getting.

So I’m looking at getting a regular job, that I probably could’ve gotten through a diploma or less, and yet I spent many years and much money to have a degree. Sigh.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@youhavemyheart: How do you like accounting? I just recently switched over to Marketing from Accounting because many of my friends who have become CPA’s have quit their jobs to start over in a different career and I was getting worried.

Both of my fiance’s parents are CPA’s (well, his mom was but then his dad started doing very well just on his own, so she’s been a stay at home mom since he was little) and are kinda disappointed that I’m not so sure about continuing with accounting.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

College isn’t for everyone. However, it never hurts to have a degree. Unfortunately not many of us will have the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder (start in the mailroom then work up to an upper management position), it’s just a fact of our times. I have to believe that my Master’s degree helped me edge out other competitors for a promotion at my agency.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think that a lot of it has to do with the economy nowadays.  I’m in optometry, so my degree is required to practice, but I have a feeling that if I kept to genetics after college, I wouldn’t have a good job either unless I went after a PhD.  The only thing a BS is good for these days is washing test tubes and making buffer solution.

So perhaps your future in laws are in that position where the level of degree they hold just doesn’t allow them to get any higher paying of a job right now.  Again, with the economy, companies will hire who’s cheapest to keep, not necessarily who’s the most qualified for the job, depending on the financial status of the company. So everyone else just has to take what they can get. 

I personally feel like a degree is, in every way, an asset.  It not only speaks for their education, but for their experience.  Experience working with other people and it demonstrates that you can work hard, just like they had to in order to obtain that degree.

While some people make good money without even an AA, I think that in 10 or 15 years, the salary ceiling will be a lot more evident than it is to you right now. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Most people don’t “use” their BA per se, as in the information itself is not something they often relate to their actual employment; they just need the credential (albeit not ALL jobs require a BA, as you’ve pointed out).

To do my job, I need an advanced degree. I don’t have student loans, but my Darling Husband does. His BA is in a completely unrelated field to what he does now (teaching), but as a teacher, he still needed it and he gets a pay boost because he’s also got an MA (in another completely unrelated field, in addition to the MA required in Education).

Much as I am pro-college and loved my experience there, I do agree with you that it’s not for everyone and depending on one’s career path, not always necessary.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@ceamoste: One of my best friends just graduated with a Socio degree and she can’t find ANY work….. all the jobs available pay about the same as retail :-/ She’s always planned on getting her master’s, but her parents can’t afford to help with school right now because of the economy and what not, so she’s had to put that on the back-burner for now. Sorry you’re not happy with things so far 🙁

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