Hi bees, any career advice welcome! Have associates degree in general studies

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016

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
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

Good luck!



Post # 5
1691 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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.

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