(Closed) Does everyone on here have a college degree?!

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@okqueenbee:  I have a university degree (college is something different in Canada). A Bachelors degree in music. I’m 23 and grad student now to get a teaching certificate and a Masters in music education. I will be using my degree in some capacity throughout my future teaching career, but I know quite a few people who don’t. Music is such a specific liberal arts degree and most people consider it a waste of an education (I don’t see how any kind of education is a waste but whatever).

It’s a degree that needs to be advanced in some way in order to be able to put it to use and make a good salary.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t ever end up using it though, besides teaching private flute lessons on the side. A bit disappointed perhaps, but not surprised.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

i have my undergrad in communications… And I have a good job that correlates to communications…. Not in the specific focus I studied for, but I would say for my role this was about the best study choice I could have made.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Fiance both have master’s degrees and use them. I worked 30 hrs/week during undergrad and full time during graduate school. It makes me tired just to think about! But so worth it. 

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@okqueenbee:  i only have an associates degree.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

@okqueenbee:  Nope and I own a pretty successful business. I am considering going and getting one though, because I read some where that kids are more likely to get one if their parents have one.

ETA: I have an uncle with a degree in HVAC. Why? No one knows. He is not someone who is really handy but he can tell his kids he got it.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have a professional degree (5 year B.Arch degree), but in the future when my kids are thinking about college (or anyone else, really)… I’m going to strongly reccomend they get out into the real world and work some challenging jobs for a year or two, first.

Partly because I don’t plan to pay for their college education (I think paying your own way motivates you to work harder – I kow it did for me!) and partly because I regret hopping into colege immediately after high school… all my “real world” lessons and hard-knock experiences didn’t happen until AFTER college. I am still learning now, I feel like there are tons of things I should have known years ago but need to learn on my own now (well, Fiance helps a TON)

The main thing I learned in college was time management and that I’m a giant ball of stress who needs to find a better way to relax. I think if I had some work/field experience beforehand I would have been able to direct my attention more efficiently.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@okqueenbee:  Well I was a law major love the topic but realised as much as I love it and ppl thought I would make a good lawyer I always wanted to do fashion and I’m now in school for that. I work pretty much close to full time but I’m under part-time so my schedule is flexible. I always felt like I’m so far behind everyone who went to college have either graduated or will by the summer. The job I have isn’t great or that good honestly but it pays what I need to be paid and allows me to be a full time student. I totally understand feelign overwhelmed I have from time to time and took breaks …another reason I’m behind. I think it’s great you found a good job and with benefits. My FI dropped out aswell because working in a kitchen and going to school for it with a program that class were 8am -4 pm he just couldn’t do it and has been working his way from the bottom up ever since. It take hard work but they see that he has something and are thinking about training him for a sous chef position. Those with degrees I admire you guys but those without and have to work twice as had sometimes to get somethign stable I have a different kind of admiration because you didn’t allow that to keep you down.   

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

My mother likes to joke that I’m a college drop out because I did not finish my undergraduate degree.  However, I did go on to vet school and get a DVM so technically I have a degree.  I’m a practicing veterinarian so I am using it currently.

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I have a BA and a MA in my field, and I’m certainly not making the big bucks, nor will I ever (working in education). I also have beau coup loans. I really value the experience I had in school and I love my job. I wish it transferred over to a satisfying pay check, like any other highly-trained professional (doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc.)

Post # 41
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@okqueenbee:  I have an MBA. I use the skill sets I learned everyday. I wouldn’t be making nearly what I do without it or have even gotten into my company. I don’t know what I’d be doing…probably something I hate, like sales. 

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have a college diploma lol

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I have a degree, that I’m not really using. My job required a bachelors degree but it didn’t specify in what, thankfully! My job has great pay, vacation time, benefits but I haven’t once used my degree for it. So basically I’m $30k in the hole for a degree I’m technically not using. ugh.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@okqueenbee:  I have a BA in English (que the song from “Avenue Q” here). I’m not using my degree simply because I can’t – there are no jobs in my field of interest here. I wanted to work in publishing, but commuting to and from NYC would take too much time and be way too expensive to even consider.

I would assume the same would be true for a lot of people who have a degree, but aren’t using it.

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Where I live, even entry-level jobs require a Bachelor’s degree, so I most likely wouldn’t be doing very well if I didn’t have a college degree. That said, I got my BA in Sociology and that’s pretty darn useless. I knew that, though, and always figured that once I figured out what I ACTUALLY want to do with my life (since I had no idea in college), I’d go back and get a Master’s degree. I plan to become a teacher and am possibly going back to school this fall.

Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also have a BA in English, but was unable to find a job after graduating in 2010. Right now, I’m not using it much at my current job as a hospital registrar. But, I am going for my MBA and having good writing skills has been really beneficial in grad school. Decided to choose a much more useful and practical field of study the second time around so I can finally get out of this entry-level job into one that is more challenging and fun.

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