(Closed) I have a AA degree and can’t find a job?!

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a bachelors and masters and I don’t have a job. So I hear you on that. And yes I think experiance is worth much more than a degree these days. My Fiance got passed over for many jobs because he didn’t have 5 years of experiance. College has become the high school of times gone by when just everyone has a degree. 

Post # 4
2151 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am going through something similar,…I’m in NY and lost my job as a teacher since NY state made major education cuts. I graduated college in 2007 and I have a Master’s degree and SEVEN New York state teaching certifications…Go figure. Time to leave NY. I think education is monumental (I guess that’s why I’m a teacher 🙂 but I know here, an AA isn’t enough to get most jobs. I think experience is important, but you need the knowledge to back it up.


ETA: My undergrad GPA was a 3.5 and my GPA for my master’s is a 4.0….economy sucks.

Post # 5
3622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No snark, but why did getting an associates take 4 years instead of 2? It’s a hard time in the economy right now and lots of people who “deserve” a job don’t have one. It would have been better to take those 4 years to do a bachelors degree because that’s the minimum that most companies look for.

Post # 6
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I have an associates and a bachelors, I couldn’t find a job either.

I ended up going back to school for a nursing degree- I graduate in 11 months. Can’t wait.

Post # 7
15203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah, I agree. It’s just tough out there right now.  There are people wiht Masters and PhD’s looking for jobs too.  I dont think a degree is a waste of time tho.  Just as there are jobs that require a certain number of years experience, there are just as many if not more, that require a degree too.. and many that want a degree AND experience.  I dont think one is worth more than the other… both seem to be requirements these days.

Post # 8
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I graduated in 5 years with 2 bachelors degrees and held a full time job while doing that. I’ve been looking for a job in my career field since May and the economy is terrible right now. It sucks when jobs want you to have experience but your degree(s) don’t count towards it and they’re not willing to take a chance and hire you. Just keep trying and something will eventually work out. Thats what I have to keep telling myself.

Post # 9
7774 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I have a BA and can’t find a job. I feel you, sister. BUT, until I moved to the UK with my DH I was working in retail for $9/hour. Was the work beneath my education level? Sure. My store manager had a master’s in journalism and she was working in retail too. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Maybe go back and take a few more classes and try to raise your GPA enough to get into a university?

Post # 10
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sadly the college degree “bubble” so to speak has burst just like real-estate did a few years back. Everyone’s house is worth shit, and so are most peoples degrees 😉

Unless you had a really specific degree and plan , its very difficult.

I have a bachelors and am now going back for something in healthcare. We have programs where hospitals will pay and train you (grow their own ) if you work for them full time while doing it. so they adjust your schedule to take what you need while still keeping you financially and benefits wise at full time.

If you just want quick money for a wedding or something, maybe wait tables or do fast food. If you have some time, i recommend getting int a more specific field, taking advantage of all the advancement options and also networking.

Post # 12
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

no advice, I can just relate.  I have a BS in nutrition but cannot get a job in the field because it is so overpopulated.  I have decided to go into physical therapy but got rejected from the doctorate programs because of some grades from 4 years ago, so now i have to spend all this time retaking those classes.  I feel like taking them in the first place (when i got B’s in them, NOT THAT BAD) was a huge waste of money, time, and effort.

Post # 16
2441 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It sounds like you went to a for profit college where all they do is enroll students to take classes (so they can get the profit) with no real concern for the student and their future.  I know because I worked at one for 1 term and met students who had aspirations for a variety of careers that the for profit college didn’t even have a program or even classes for.

First off, we live and we learn.  Here is my advice to you.  Get a job in retail, preferably at a well known chain.  That will help you earn some money to supplement your 13 hours per month tutoring.  But, more importantly… these stores have management trainee programs that don’t cost you anything.  You can work your way up into management, which depending upon the establishment has the potential to pay very well.  How do I know this?  My teenaged son recently announced that college is not for him and DH is steering him to do this very thing.  My son just started working at Target today! DH did this when he was younger, worked his way up to general manager at a major chain and earned six figures!  If you find out retail management isn’t your thing, at least you can earn some money working in retail while you figure things out.  


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