(Closed) I feel like college was a waste of time!!! *Vent*

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Honestly hon, it’s all about networking.  I don’t work in the field I got a college degree in, but seriously, every single job I’ve had since graduating college, I’ve gotten through a friend, or a friend of a friend, or a friend who knows some guy that’s hiring.  You really need to put feelers out and find people that can help you network, and put yourself out there and let people know you really want their endorsements.  This may not be ture for everyone, but I’ve been in the working world for 16 years, and EVERY job I’ve ever held has been gotten through people I know.  Just sayin.

Post # 4
206 posts
Helper bee

What’s to stop you from enlisting now, if that’s something you’re passionate about?

You can’t change the past, but you are free to change your future. Just because you started on a path years ago, doesn’t mean you ‘re stuck with it for the rest of your life.

Post # 5
2889 posts
Sugar bee

How much do you want a career in Criminal justice? Are you willing to relocate for a job? Are there other options in this field other than police? What about private investigation or paralegal? It sounds like you are building a resume that is taking you further and further away from CJ. Maybe you just need to reevaluate what you want to do long term and make an actionable short term plan. Many people do not work in the same field as their degree but that does not mean your degree is worthless.


Post # 6
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You are not the only one out there. I have 2 degrees and I am looking at minimum wage jobs right now as well. It is definitely a depressing thought. For some sick reason though, I am looking at getting a third degree……..its sad.

Post # 7
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

This is a really bad time for CJ grads because so many CJ jobs depend on federal or state funding.

On the bright side, I have a coworker who majored in CJ and now works as a consultant in a non-CJ related field.  He actually never worked in CJ, but did get some good jobs in other fields.  Sometimes, all you need is the degree, no matter in which area.

Most CJ grads I know are in LE, but one works at the courthouse.  Have you considered this?  Also, how about grad school? A bachelor’s degree does not get you places anymore like it used to.  Many advanced jobs require a graduate degree.

Post # 8
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I felt that way for a long time until I realized that I can fix the mistake I made by getting a Bachelor’s Degree that pidgeonholed me into a certain job role by going back to get a Grad degree in something concrete and in demand. You have the bachelor’s and a ton of working experience. Is there any way for you to take graduate classes at night for something you like? You can still rectify this if you are as frustrated as you sound.

Post # 9
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Have you considered going to grad school/law school? Its also not a great time for lawyers but there are jobs out there, especially if you know someone/can network. I have a master’s degree and I’m also working in jobs that I’m overqualified for (although I do really like my job so I’m not complaining – just mentioning). Its a tough time out there right now for everyone 🙁

Post # 11
7291 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

+1 …. I wish you didn’t go straight from higschool then into college and didn’t constantly tell you how you make x amount more than a person without a degree. Really, these days I can make just as much as a person off the street with no education.

For some people its easy cause they know what they want and there is a degree for it. Others, not so much.

Post # 12
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am so sorry—I don’t have much advice but definetly hear you.  HUGS and wishing you all the best 🙂

Post # 13
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ladyjustice:  I’m sorry you are having such a tough time.  It’s really a bad time for anyone to be looking for a job.

I do agree with @littleteapot who suggested networking.  Lots of jobs are never even advertised; they are filled by someone who was suggested by someone inside the organization.

The only suggestion I disagree with is law school.  DO NOT GO.  I’m an attorney and cannot tell you how many new grads I know are working the same kinds of jobs you are…the difference is they have incurred an addtional $50-100k of debt.  A WSJ article from earlier this month noted that the legal field is THE MOST DIFFICULT in which to get hired.  There is less than one job open for every 100 working attorneys.

If anyone is interested, the article can be found at:


Post # 14
1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hindsight is 20/20. You could not have predicted the knee injury. That being said, I tell my students that if their sole purpose in attending college is to make big bucks – then they are likely be disappointed. I know some of my fellow grad school students are working retail and making squat for pay. I urge my students to make sure they get education and experience with marketable skills and NETWORK. The last three jobs I got (including as a college professor) was because of WHO I knew.

Post # 15
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I know you are feeling discouraged, but something will pop up. I know a lot of people that rea going through this right now and working minimum wage jobs just to get the bills paid when they have degrees they arent using. Its sad to think about, and I hope that things will start looking up for you soon!!

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