Post # 1
I am seriously considering going back to school after an almost year long hiatus. We’re just broke college kids and all, but I can still attend community college and get some more credits under my belt.
Thing is, I’m not sure what I would be doing there yet. I could get some transfer classes to work towards becoming a grad, or I could go back another couple years and get another associate’s. I’ve heard that doing that is pretty common.
So do any of you have two or more degrees? Why did you go back to get the others?
Maybe a little perspective can help me decide what I need to do here.
Post # 3
I know this board doesnt get a lot of action so I’m gonna bump for the morning crowd.
Post # 4
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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
I have a AA and a BS for degrees…
Post # 6
@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 # 7
put it towards a Bachelors
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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 # 13
Well for some more info, my AA is in Communications. It’s still broad and can cover anything from Journalism to Broadcast Writing to Public Speaking to Public Relations, etc. I’m unsure what to specialize in.
I’m not working and also I won’t have to pay for the classes.
And I won’t be going for my BA for a while, for reasons of course. If I go back to get transfer classes thats all I’ll be doing: getting those classes and then leaving scool for another indefinite amount of time. I’m fine with that too.
Post # 14
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.