I hate my degree that i graduated with and don't know what to do. Advice please

posted 6 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
47255 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

gray15 :  Does your university offer career counselling? If so, have you taken advantage of it?

A counsellor can help you identify transferable skills which can be used in other careers.

Post # 3
209 posts
Helper bee

If you are interested in teaching science, please consider it! Even if the licensing is tough, most schools really need qualified science teachers. Some schools will pay a bonus for hard-to-find specialties – there might even be a program that will help you get your credential faster. In my state (California), you can also be a substitute teacher with just a bachelor’s degree so you can at least start making money and make sure you like teaching before you commit to more school.

Post # 4
1214 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

gray15 :  What you choose to study doesn’t define your life. 

I studied Public Policy and International Relations (Bachelor of Arts). I loved it! But there are few jobs it qualified me for. Somehow now I’m a Business Analyst in the mining industry, earning a shit ton of money. Kind of fell into it, but I love it!!

You’re not handcuffed to biology. Talk to a career counsellor. Find your strengths and what you enjoy doing most, then do it 🙂

Post # 6
786 posts
Busy bee

Lick your wounds for five more minutes then get out there and devour every bit of info you can about career options. Do informational interviews with individuals in fields you find interesting. Network.

Licensing for education is difficult? I mean… a lot of things “worth the squeeze” aren’t going to be easy. And the people that are “judging” you for having a retail job? Really? Is that all they have time to do? I wouldn’t give petty people like that another thought. We’re all on our own journey. 


PS- if you’re interested in teaching at elementary/middle/high school level, try substituting. You’ll get a very general taste of what the working environment is like before you go headfirst into licensure. Teaching is not for everyone but can be an incredibly fulfilling career if it’s up your alley. 

Post # 7
1533 posts
Bumble bee

A degree is simply proof to an employer that you could stick it out through the courses required to get said degree.  It doesn’t define you or your career path.

Post # 8
156 posts
Blushing bee

I got my degree in something interesting (to me), but not really useful on a resume.  I beat myself up a little for choosing a major based on “following my dreams” or something, then realizing the actual working world didn’t look like my dream.  I’ve bounced around so many different types of jobs since graduating, including minimum wage retail jobs and high paying commission based jobs.  What I’ve learned is that the best jobs have a lot less to do with money and a lot more to do with the culture of the company.  Do you like your coworkers and the customers?  Do you take pride in your role within the team?  Do you only feel pressure to be “doing more” or “better” career-wise because of some conditioned notion you have of what it means to be an adult?  If you make enough money to pay your bills and save a little, you’re doing fine.  If you’re not happy with what you’re currently doing, don’t fall on teaching just because you think it’s your only applicable skill.  Think outside the box.  Browse some job listings and see what catches your eye, maybe it’s something you always thought was cool but never thought you could pull off.  Don’t be so sure!  You’ve got nothing to lose in sending out some applications and just seeing what comes back.  I spent a lot of time feeling guilty for letting my degree go to waste, but it wasn’t a waste.  It was a beautiful experience stepping stone on my journey to now.  The job I’m currently in has nothing to do with my field of study and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

Post # 9
3754 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I feel like Biology could be used in a lot of fields if you think outside of the box. You say you might be interested in teaching, so what about working at a science museum..or in a zoo…or something in the marine biology field (if you’re in an area where it is prevalent). What are some of your other interests? 


Post # 10
551 posts
Busy bee

Try having a degree in Creative Writing :).

Post # 11
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

sbl99 :  Hey bee, I have a similar B.A. degree and I’m currently in sales. Do you mind sharing how you fell into that role? It sounds really interesting.

Also, don’t mean to thread-jack, so feel free to PM me if you prefer. 

Post # 12
1214 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Blush.Champagne :  Yeah no worries!

My career trajectory looks like this from 2010-2019:

Hospitality as a student

Waitress > Head Waitress > Assistant Manager > Manager

…led to Sales

Recruitment (for hospitality) > Education Sales

…led to Administration in IT

Project Coordinator/Office Manager > Project Administration > Project Controls

Led to being headhunted for

Business Analysis


Honestly – my career in hospitality set me up to be an excellent sales person. Sales taught me stakeholder relations. Business Analysis is about talking to the business, gathering requirements and finding a solution for problems – almost exclusively stakeholder relations with a touch of logic and reasoning. Being tech savvy is a must – I’m not technical, but I am computer savvy from a user perspective and can speak the language. It’s challenging AF at the best of times (like this week’s problem has been to find a Chinese input software piece that’s doesn’t come from China – because the last one was flagged by Cyber Security and they literally wiped the machine, along with consulting on a fast-tracked roll-out of a new eLearning Platform for the whole company) but it’s absolutely fascinating! And I’m charging $100per hour for my services. Daylight robbery man.

Highly recommend anyone to pursue a career in IT. You will literally future proof yourself. 


Edit: Shit sorry I just realised this has been totally jacked – I didn’t even read the last sentence of your post!

Post # 13
6668 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

As for teaching, try getting certified to substitute teach, and then be a sub whenever possible in your nearby districts. If you have a degree in a science field, it will likely take fewer credits than you think to get certified to teach. If you enjoy teaching and your major has covered the area content, the education credits can take as few as three or four semesters, so if you include summer, that could be less than a year to a year and a half. That’s really not much in the scheme of your life.

Otherwise, I agree about talking to career counselors in your field. Most universities are really interested in getting their grads jobs in their fields. You may find something more interesting than you think that deals with your area of study. 

Post # 14
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Look for job postings that sound interesting to you and go for them. Don’t worry about what your degree is in! There are countless employers that are simply looking for someone with a degree. Doesn’t matter what it’s in. If you want a new job, start applying for them. And if you like your retail job and money isn’t a huge issue, there’s no reason to rush into a new job or back to school.

Post # 15
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

You didn’t miss out on that. My bachelors was in marketing and other than some internships I never really worked in that field. I did a bunch of different jobs before I decided I wanted to be a teacher. Most states require you to get a Masters eventually anyway as a teacher so I just did a Masters program specifically for career changers and because of that I got to start at a higher paygrade than most new teachers.

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