(Closed) Do you have more than one associate's degree?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I have three Associate’s, but that’s because I was in community college for three years [instead of 2] before I transferred because I kinda changed my major half way through ..whoops haha.

Do you know what you want to do or are you just going back for the hell of it?

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a AA and a BS for degrees…

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@Pocket_Mouse:  I don’t see the point in getting another AA. If I were you, I’d put those credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Many job postings have a minimum requirement of a BA or BS, so having another associate’s degree isn’t going to do much to help your job prospects.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It all depends on your situation.  Can you get a job with your particular associates (RN, dental hygiene, etc.)?  If you plan on getting a bachelor’s degree is you GPA good enough to transfer?  If not, you might want to take some classes to pull it up.  Remember that in order to get your bachelor’s you have to have a minimum number of credits from a 4 year school so don’t overdo it at community college because you’ll have to squeeze in more classes to get the needed credits.  Also, if you plan on transferring you want to make sure the credits will transfer.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Depends on what your degree is in and what you want to do. Can you provide us more details?

I have my BSBA and completed my MA in 2006. Hated my career and am now back in school getting an allied health Associates degree.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

AAs aren’t very useful in the job market. Unless it’s a different AA because you are switching fields and using the AA towards a bachelors, I don’t really see the point.

I’m a scientist, so an AA won’t get me a job in my field, so perhaps I’m biased.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management.

I got my grad certificate (it only took 5 classes) because my previous employer paid for it. I am thinking about getting a master’s in Educational Leadership or Educational Policy (I work in school administration), but only if I get assistance from my current employer.

I think you should definitely have a goal/strong idea in mind of what you want to do with your degree. I didn’t use my Psychology degree specifically (the Spanish degree got me higher pay), but I knew I needed a bachelor’s for the jobs I wanted.

Also, do you currently work? If so, does your employer offer educational benefits? If not, could you find another job that does? That would help keep costs down.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do not get degrees just for the heck of it.  First, figure out what you want to do.  Then, figure out what the requirements are to do it.  After, weigh the benefits of paying off debt before accumulating more debt in additional schooling.  Figure out how long it would take you to pay off the additional loans and your potential earning power.

In general, an associate’s degree is pretty worthless for most fields.  Getting two associate degrees does not put you above anyone else in the same job pool. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

@MrsBroccoli:  +1

I think I have the credits for…4 associates degrees but I’ve never bothered to petition for them. I think that you should continue taking classes for as long as you can afford to take them because if nothing else, it will help you get your BA. =) Good luck.

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