Post # 1
I graduated with a B.S. in secondary education and while I am working in education, I have decided I do not want to be a teacher. Out of the people who graduated with me in my cohort, I’ve noticed on facebook that about half seem to have taken different career paths as well.
I’m hoping to make a career change soon, and I’m wondering: is a degree a degree or is it a disadvantage to potential hirers if you have college major totally unrelated to the job you’ve applied for? If you have a college degree, are you working in the field in which you majored?
Post # 3
Not at all, I majored in Poli Sci and work in Finance. I interned throughout college in finance I just never felt the need to change my major. At this point my experience completely outweighs my degree and I don’t think it would give potential empolyers pause. If I hadn’t interned in college I don’t think I could have gotten my foot in the door.
Post # 4
I have my MBA and I am the sales and marketing lead for two companies. I am using my degree BUT sometimes I wish I would have gone for something different but the job I have now does more than pay the bills so I’m staying put!
Post # 5
I majored in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. I am currently the marketing dept for my company so I am working in the field I wanted. I want to eventually move into the sports industry though.
Post # 6
I have a BA in American History, however I work in Finance. I started with my company on the same day I started college. I loved History so I stuck with it and in many ways it has helped me in my current field.
Post # 7
I have a BA in biology and my most recent job was in finance.
Post # 8
My BS is in Business Admin and Management, and I sell insurance and am in the process of building my own business, so yes, i think its in line with what I doing
Post # 9
My undergrad degrees were sociology and criminology, and I’m a lawyer (doing civil law). So I’m using my JD, but not really my undergrad degree I don’t think.
Post # 10
I got my BS in Psychology almost two years ago. I have yet to find a job with my degree. Then again, I never intended to stop school with only this degree.
Post # 11
Yes. I was an English major and I work as an editor. Mmmmm grammar
Post # 12
Kind of. My major was in English (specialization in creative writing), but I had minors in Japanese and art. I now work in the billing department of a major telecom company, so it has nothing to do with English, but the company is Japanese. My Japanese abilities were the reason I got the job.
My first job out of college was as an English teacher in Japan. It doesn’t get much closer to my fields of study than that.
Post # 13
HAHA @MsJeep23: mmmm grammar <– made me laugh for some reason!
I got my bachelors of social work 2.5 years ago and I’ve been working in the field ever since. Am looking to go back to school soon, so I am glad to have relevent work experience on my resume.
In response to your question, OP, some jobs do want to see applicants with certain degrees or something related. As long as you are applying for things related to what you hold a degree in, you should be fine. But if you have an education degree and you are applying for a say..science research job, then you might have a problem, haha. You probably knew that, though.
Post # 14
Sort of. I have a BA in Spanish and a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. I am currently in law school. The criminology stuff is really my passion so I want to figure a way to work that into my career someday.
Post # 15
I graduated with a bachelors in music business and I am currently working in the field, BUT I’m in the process of trying to make a career change. I’m having a really difficult time doing this though. It’s hard enough these days to land a job in a field you have experience in, so I’m finding it close to impossible to get considered for a job in a new field. Good luck to you though! I hope you find it easier than I have!!!
Post # 16
I’m another “sort of.”
I have my bachelor’s in music ed, but decided I didn’t want to teach music when I graduated. I went to Korea after college to teach English, came back, got my master’s in ESL, and that’s what I teach now.