(Closed) What is your college degree and was it worth it?

posted 5 years ago in College
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Sugar bee

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sfigu16:  It depends on what your professional ambitions are and which school you’ll be getting this communications degree from. Some schools have very highly regarded schools of communications, so the degree itself will be more valuable than a degree from a less highly regarded school, and you’ll also have the benefit of a strong alumni network when you’re trying to get a job. Are you trying to get a job in PR, media, marketing, etc.? If so, then the communications degree will be relevant. If you’re trying to go to med school, then don’t do it.

Mine was a liberal arts degree from a top 20 university. I don’t think it was worth it on its own, although I would definitely have gotten a job somewhere if I hadn’t decided to go on to grad school. I have a professional degree in my field as well, which was “worth it” in the sense that I got a well-paying job after graduation.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I don’t know anything about what people do with a communications degree, so I can’t help you there but…

My BS is in Behavioral Neuroscience. I’m currently working on a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology. I want to be a scientist, so I have to have a degree to do that, so in that sense it will be worth it. If I could do it all over again, I probably would have just gone through and did the 6 year Pharmacy degree that my undergrad school offered, I would have racked up less debt and wouldn’t still be in school. 

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Blushing bee
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I was an econ major which was totally useless to me because I had no real plan for what i wanted to do after school. I ended up taking additional credits later on and getting my CPA, now i’m an auditor. This field is very secure and I can work on my own if i want to.

I think if you have a plan and there is a demand for what you want to do you’ll be okay.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I graduated with a BS in Nursing, then got an MS in Nursing and became a nurse practitioner. It was totally worth it, but it was definitely not a walk in the park. I’m currently debating if I want to get my doctorate or not. It wouldn’t necessarily advance my career, but for some reason school has a very strong pull for me. 

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Buzzing bee
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I was a business administration major (I went to a small private liberal arts college so i have a BA), and now I work for the federal government in budgeting, so I think my choice was worth it.

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I was lost for my first few years of undergrad and had no clue what to major in. I chose Econ because while I didn’t love every second of it, I enjoyed it well enough and thought it would best set me up for getting a well-paying job after graduation. Along the way, I took a few Comm classes for fun and absolutely loved them (all about journalism/media/digital media/etc.). So I decided to double major with Econ as my “serious” major and Comm as my fun one.

I worked a bit after undergrad and then applied to law school (where it doesn’t matter at all what you major in). I could’ve had a perfect GPA if I had majored only in Comm (my harder Econ classes brought it down) and could’ve gotten into a “better” school that way. But I still attended a Top 5 law school and wouldn’t have traded my Econ major for anything because it really taught me how to think. I tell people that Econ taught me to think and Comm taught me how to communicate those thoughts, and it’s very true.

If I didn’t go to law school, I probably would have hung my hat on my Econ degree rather than my Comm degree. As much as I loved Comm, job prospects for a Comm major are pretty bad. Not saying it’s impossible to get a good job, just that it’s an uphill battle. That’s not to say you shouldn’t major or minor in Comm if it’s what you love, but it might be good to also major/minor in something that’s “safer” as a back-up plan if you want to ensure comfortable employment post-graduation.

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Helper bee

I have a BS in Atmospheric Science and work as a Marine Meteorologist helping to route large container and cargp vessels all over the world. While I like what I do, I do not like the pay. I make a very low income and live right outside of NYC where everything is extremely expensive. The amount I make is not proportional to the standard of living. I’ve looked into what other companies offer for the same job, and its about the same. The best you can hope for in my field is to with for a government agency like NOAA or the National Weather Service…but those jobs are few and far between. Once you’re in, you’re set and don’t leave until you retire. So that leaves private companies for the rest of us…and they know it. They pay less than they should because they know if you leave…there will be another fresh grad right behind you to take your place. So I woud definitely say it was NOT worth it. I plan to finish up my graduate work in GIS. Yes…that will mean more student loans, but I think it’ll help me in the long run.

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sfigu16:  Another business major here. I got my undergraduate degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting, then went to grad school and got an MBA. I work in banking and love my job. I went to school (both undergrad & graduate) on scholarships/graduate assistanceships, so for me, it is easy to say it was “worth it” because the only cost was time. It is hard to say if my graduate degree would have been worth the money if I’d actually had to pay for it…right now, it doesn’t seem like I’m earning any more because of it and it isn’t really a requirement in my field, but the optomistic part of me likes to think that down the road, it may open doors for me if/when I decide to leave my current position for something else–which isn’t likely to happen any time soon because I love what I do and the people I work with.

I’m someone who really enjoys school, though, so I’ll be glad I got both degrees even if it never truly “pays off” in the form of future $$.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
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My Bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration with a management concentration. I would say that it was worth it because without it, I wouldn’t have my current job…which happens to pay well and have great benefits and job security.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

my Fiance has a comm degree and a great job. however that is not necessarily the norm – he got lucky and had some good connections. definitely in his field and mine (finance), I found that internships while in school made more of a difference in getting a full time job than the school itself, but you have to have the degree (or be pursuing it) to qualify for internships. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
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sfigu16: not really understanding comms to medical field — can you elaborate?

i studied sociology / anthropology and got a BA from a top 3 liberal arts college. worth it without hesitation. 

I went to a top 10 & top 50 law schools before dropping out (without a JD) to work in tech. I dropped out of school because it just wasn’t worth it. 

I work hard and have a nice life. Did the pr thing for awhile too. Just comes down to adding more value than you cost. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
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It really depends on what you want to do. (And it’s really ok if you don’t know. Yet.)

I started off wanting to be a journalist. But journalism was in a really weird place about 10-12 years ago and the unknowns were too glaring. So I switched to Political Science (studying the politics, etc. that I had originally wanted to report on. Seemed to make sense.). Maybe law school after, I thought. But, nope, realised I didn’t want to actually be an attorney. I ended up getting an MPA (Master of Public Administration) so I could do political work on a local scale and in the mean time fell in love with city planning. So, I trudged back to school and recently completed my MUP (Master of Urban Planning–yes, I’m a masochist.). I now work in local government. It’s not a forever move but I can grow and change based on the experience I’m getting here. 

You don’t have to have a solid plan, but following what interests you (for me: politics, people, cities) really will help guide you into something that actually interests you, and, hopefully, later allow that comfortable life as well. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I have a BA in Criminal Justice. I have found that it is completely useless. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I got a BA in Psychology because there was nothing else I was interested in. In retrospect I should have gotten a business or HR degree since I am now an Admin, but just having the Bachelor’s itself (regarless of what it’s focused on) was valuable in finding a job.

For someone who doesn’t know what they want to do as a career, I would recommend a business degree since it’s so broad.

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