(Closed) Education regret

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I too have a BA in English, I got it all the way back in 1996. I also had 40k to pay back, and I felt the same way you did back then (though I am not sure how long you are out of school). My first job was $8 an hour. I had a lot of hard times, but you have to believe that the future will be better. I changed jobs lots of times, and you would be surprised how many employers will hire you BECAUSE of your English degree!

Post # 4
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1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sorry you feel this way!  Student loans suck, and the higher ed system is such a mess.  The administrators that keep on inflating tuition are very greedy, but that’s a whole other post.  It’s not your fault.  At least you enjoyed your classes, although that may be cold comfort.

Something I CAN say is that with your degree, you are more likely to be promoted.  The degree at minimum lets employers know you have enough dedication and can follow directions to earn a diploma.

Also, you don’t have to stay in that job forever- you never know what might pop up that you would enjoy more, even if it isn’t a Stay-At-Home Mom.  Hang in there!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

$40,000 is not that much money, first of all.  I owe almost $100,000 and it is manageable on $43K a year (which was my salary a few years ago).  

Second of all, your degree is not useless.  If you have a BA in English, you have writing skills, reasoning skills, analytic skills, and critical thinking skills.  Probably you had to take divisional classes as well, so you have some knowledge of other disciplines.  Please don’t sell yourself – or the degree — short! 

 

What would you like to do, other than stay at home as a mother?  What are you interested in?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah I’ve got 2 degrees & $16K student debt (down from $25K) that I don’t use at all! And one of them was teaching!!

While I do hate my debt & how much it’s getting in the way of bigger plans, I don’t know if I’d change it – I did have some good times with great people & eventually led me to where I am.

But yeah – I do think that sometimes there is too much emphasis on uni studies etc. One of my best mates is the son of 2 teachers. He always wanted to be an electrician, but it wasn’t good enough for his folks cos he was “worth more than that”. 4yrs into a teaching degree he didn’t want, he finally stood up to his parents & is currently finishing his electrical apprenticeship.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@urchin:  You are among many. I have my BEd and because I took the concurrent program, I knew my HBa would mean nothing, so I stuck with “cardboard box” degrees. I have my honours History and my minor in English and almost completed a minor in women’s studies. Was it worth it? Well, if I didn’t teach, I’d be in massive regret. Many of the friends I know who took those degrees cannot find a profession in the field, hence “cardboard box degree” because you live in a box to pay it off cause you can’t get a job in your field.

Anyways, it’s done and over with, unfortunately, so you now have a degree that will look pretty on the wall. I’d suggest either working your butt off to pay for the degree and then be a Stay-At-Home Mom, or find a job where you can use your degree to make it worth while.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are you sure that you don’t need your degree for your job?

A lot of jobs higher people with degrees, doesn’t matter what it is – all that matters is that it is a degree!

University is not designed to set you up for a specific job. It’s to teach you how to learn, self-dicipline and critical thinking. Which are things that most people are looking for when highering! 

Post # 10
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9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@urchin:  What are you interested in doing?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

yes and no. I regret the way i went about it – my “need” to go away to school and live on campus and i went to a super expensive college for one semester because it was a really good school for a career I decided a few months in that i no longer wanted to do. ….  so it caused me to go into twice as much debt.

I still ended up with a BA and I got a job I love out of it a few months after graduation.

If i could go back in time i’d go to a 2 year school for the first 2 years and then transfer to a 4 year state school to get my BA. But thats one decision i’ll be paying for till the day i die.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@urchin:  I think it helps to think outside the box when it comes to finding a job.  ALSO, when I first graduated from undergrad, I had a BA in History.  I thought it was useless.  Every year, though, I realize more and more how much that degree — and my college experience — has helped me in life, in graduate school, and in my career.  It is not a wasted experience.  You will be fine.  And $40K of loans…wanna switch?  That sounds like a dream to me!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t have student loans and I don’t regret getting my college education, but I regret the program I chose. I loved my classes and my program was all based on non profit organizations and helping others, but now I can’t find a job. I need to go to graduate school, and I need to stop putting it off. Money is very important to my fiance and I, we like nice things, and right now I’m just not happy with my situation job wise and financially. Time to make some changes!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@caits615:  Did you go to a liberal arts college or one where you focused just on your degree?  

Post # 16
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661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@peachacid:  

Second of all, your degree is not useless. If you have a BA in English, you have writing skills, reasoning skills, analytic skills, and critical thinking skills. Probably you had to take divisional classes as well, so you have some knowledge of other disciplines. Please don’t sell yourself – or the degree — short!

This is SO true and trust me, these things will come to light. It may not be obvious to you right away all of the different uses and benefits of your degree. When I graduated and came to terms with all of the debt, I was so mad that I wrote an angry letter to the chair of my English dept. I know, very embarrassing.

Just keep trying as hard as you can!

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