Thinking about going back to college – what degree?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
9926 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State


I do senior/executive level admin stuff with a health care/education focus. At my company even to be reclassified under the position I actually do you have to have a bachelors degree as a minimum qualification. And since I don’t i’m in a weird limbo where my job is XYZ but my title doesn’t reflect what I do.

Post # 3
168 posts
Blushing bee

I mainly commented to say that this is great:

“My employer will cover part of my tuition if I go back to school so I likely won’t have to go into debt for this. I can probably cover the rest with savings so it’s not as absurd of an idea as it was when I was 20.”

In terms of degree programs, maybe something like Business Management or Administration? Hopefully someone here can provide more insight. All the best!

Post # 4
9718 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Job experience is WAY more valuable than a college degree. Unless the job requires a specific degree, most employers are going to take someone with years of experience over a fresh out of school kid with a degree but no experience.

Education is great and I’m all for going back to school but I honestly don’t think you need it.

ETA: Communication is a good general degree. You could also do something in business.

Post # 6
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

We had two secretaries in my old office – one had a Master’s degree in English from the 1970s and the other either a high school diploma or an Associates. The latter was going to school part time for a local business degree which her employer subsidized. Seems like business is probably the best option, but she struggled with all the gen eds like calculus, chemistry, english, etc.

Post # 7
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Business is a good option. I would avoid studying communications.

Post # 8
8056 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

When it comes to secretarial work experience is key. I’m a paralegal and have spent my career in law firms and I can tell you 100% that someone with 15+ years experience and great references will beat out a college degree 9 times out of 10. It’s the type of job where practical knowledge is the most important and a 4 year degree doesn’t teach you how to transcribe, arrange meetings, be pleasant to jerk clients, etc. 

Post # 11
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Business, communications, accounting. Basic office jobs. Why sell yourself short with looking for a BA to get a “swanky secreterial” job? You have that experience already, so I would pair it with an education where you can aim a little higher. Office manager, human resources, etc. I understand wanting a similar job, but it’s out there with a pay raise. 

Post # 12
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

CakeSniffer :  HR. or Marketing. A business BS is not a better route than a BA IMO. Too specialized. If you want to go into business get a BA in something else applicable then get an MBA. I bet HR is a good career path for you. 

Post # 13
9815 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would also try to think of business related but not just a business admin (would bore me too).  Agree with HR, marketing, or accounting depending on what you like or prefer to do.  But I don’t think you need to worry, experience will beat out a degree almost all the time (unless a specific degree is necessary).  My perception of communications is that it’s kind of a bs easy degree.  For example, almost all of the athletes (pro-level capable athletes that is, I realize the majority of college athletes go on to have real jobs and have different majors) were “communications” majors.  It was the easiest option so that is what most of them did.  But I only had one communications class so that is just my perception.

Leave a comment

Find Amazing Vendors