(Closed) Did your undergraduate degree (major) actually matter for your first job?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Did your degree matter? (multiple options)

    Yes, my specific degree helped me get a job.

    No, my specific degree did not help me get a job, I just needed a degree.

    I believe a specific degree helps most people's job prospects

    I do NOT believe a specific degree helps most people's job prospects

    I do not think a specific degree helps or hurts someone's job prospects (no affect)

  • Post # 47
    637 posts
    Busy bee

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    @bmo88:  Yes, it was definitely required. Honestly, most people in galleries have master’s degrees in art history so I was lucky to get my foot in the door this way. 

    Post # 48
    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Definitely helped me.  I have a BBA and MSA in accounting and work as an accounting manager at a real estate developer.

    Post # 49
    3551 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Yep totally required, my minor too. I majored in Biochem and minored in plant biology with a heavy dose of mycology (fungi). Now I work in the plant biology department doing biochemistry on fungi 🙂

    Post # 50
    9129 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Yes and no.  My undergraduate degree is in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology.  I also have a law degree.  Obviously, my law degree helped me get my first job as a lawyer because it’s required.  My Psych degree also helped to some extent because my first job as a lawyer was counseling people with addictions who were either having their kids taken away by DCF or being ordered by the Court to complete substance abuse programs.  I stood out a bit from other candidates who mostly had Pre-Law and Political Science undergraduate degrees.

    Post # 51
    9821 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have a BFA in graphic arts and had a minor in Spanish. I was hired on full time from the place I did my internship, so yes my degree definitely paved the way for that.

    Most places around here won’t even consider you for a graphics position unless you have a degree or know someone in the company and have a fabulous portfolio.

    Post # 52
    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I majored in Religious Studies at a liberal arts school so no, I have not used my degree specifically in relation to my major. I work as a legal assistant now & since graduation making decent money although I hate the work. I think it was more the liberal arts/internships/extra curriculars that prepped me more for work & I actually use those skills at least weekly… Honestly, as much as I love religious STudies and my degree it was a waste of pratical good $$ that could have been better spent had I been more educated about college & esp. life after college. I was the first in my family to even go to college so the rule was always in place since I was little “You will go to college no matter what, period, or you will get out of my house” Not alot of thought put into what to do once you got there, and especially not afterwards… 

    Post # 53
    1310 posts
    Bumble bee

    It depends on what you want to do.  SO’s an electrical engineer and it probably would’ve been MUCH harder for him to get his current job with a different degree – and it would still have to be engineering.

    For me, I majored in media studies (most useless degree EVER) and French, and I’m doing finance marketing right now.  I didn’t get here straight from school though, and I do feel that not having a business or economics degree is holding me back.  I hope to one day get my MBA (*sigh* and be able to afford it) so that my crappy degree can never be held against me!  I’m also working on some credentials too.

    Post # 54
    165 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have a BSc. (Honours) in Kinesiology, and I am Kinesiogist and Exercise Physiologist at a Physical Therapy clinic. Yes my degree helped me get my first job, but I also made a decision to go with a degree that would give me real job prospects (and well-paid) in the end. I also made sure to do internships/volunteering/worked in the industry throughout my schooling so I had extensive hands on experience by the time I graduated. It’s helped me a lot. 


    I’m changing career paths (or hoping to at least) by applying to medical school. I’m hoping to get my MD so I can be a family physician. 


    Post # 55
    7309 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Yes, my specific degree mattered. In my group we hire 2 kinds of degrees, English majors (for strong writing, research, and analysis skills) and clinicians (RNs, PAs, PTs, etc. for their medical knowledge). We pair a writer with a clinician for balance. I was hired based on my degree as a writer.  

    Post # 56
    2107 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I think for a lot of jobs, just having a degree helps. My 1st job I didn’t need a degree at all. Actually, my current one only required high school, but sometimes I think having a degree shows commitment and makes you stick out over others. There are obviously jobs that require a specific degree, but a lot of them require more than a bachelor’s anyway.

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