Post # 1
Hi bzzzzing bees! Hope everything is going swimmingly on your end!
I recently graduated with my two year associates degree in general studies! My plan was to go to a four year school and major in social work! While I absolutely love helping people and would be interested in pursuing careers in hospice, homeless shelters, etc I am rethinking my career path! My future husband is making decent pay and has great potential, but we’re both very young. I think I need to pursue something that has a better job outlook! So this is where you guys come in..
Any advice? I feel as though I just wasted two years on a silly general studies associates degree. I’ve been thinking about going back to community college and becoming an RN, dental hygenist, radiation therapist (really want to look into this one- pays well but jobs are hard to come by?). I think I would throughly enjoy all of these careers. Any advice or insight welcome!
Thank you so much!
Post # 3
I don’t think it is a waste, for many college programs there are two years worth of general classes anyway, so you can probably put these to good use in getting a bachelor’s degree.
Perhaps talk to a career counselor at a local college where you would take nursing or other classes to find out? Would it be possible to volunteer or work in a hospital in some capicity to get a feel for it?
Post # 3
Actually I don’t think you wasted 2 years. Definitely you learnt something you’re going to need for your career. General knowledge is going to help you out in many situation. No matter what general studies do have their perks like making you think broadly. Actually, an intersting article on some advantages of geneeral studies was published at http://customwritingcompany.com/blog/is-general-studies-a-waste-of-time/.
Nevertheless, I do hope you found what you really want to do and followed your dream.
Post # 4
happybee2013: It’s not a waste becuase you did get two years done, but to be honest, you’re going to need more schooling if you want to land a decent job. Today, an Associates degree is like getting your high school diploma and a Bachelors is like the minimum schooling needed for most jobs.
But still, great job getting those two years done! That’s an accomplishment you should be proud of.
Sounds like you want to do something medical – if you are up for it and think you can do it, you should get your 4 year, BSN nursing degree. I have many friends and family members that have degrees/work in the medical field, and they will all tell you that although a tech or LPN (2 year) nursing degree are great, you’re going to be making your money and finding jobs with the BSN degree! A friend that just spent 2 years getting her LPN is already looking for schools to get her BSN – she’s not finding jobs right now and wished she just gotten her BSN.
Post # 5
That credential on its own is pretty useless, but it can be used towards a bachelor’s degree (with a major, a general studies BA is also pretty useless!). Nursing is definitely an in-demand field though, so if you’re interested in it I would definitely recommend going back to school! Also perhaps a lab tech or something like that would be useful.
Post # 6
While all of those fields are great, and I agree with PPs about going for a bachelors (having the AA in general studies will knock out a lot of gen ed and pre-reqs for many degrees), I would recommend exploring the careers you’re looking at before you commit to the degree program.
Do you have friends or family members in any of these jobs that you could shadow for a few days (spread out over a month or so) to get an idea of what their jobs are like? You could also ask the nurses in your doctor’s office (or the hygienists that work with your dentist) as well.