(Closed) What is your highest level of education achieved?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 46
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have a BA in music performace.  I have no regrets about this (I love to sing and I had a wonderful experience) but I do not work full time with the arts because a)I like to have a roof over my head and b)I do not like living in the city, where most arts-related jobs are available.  I work as a paraeducator and am working on my MEd in elementary and special education.  When done, my salary will literally double and any debt I incur could be paid off in one year with the difference in salary.

Post # 47
5219 posts
Bee Keeper

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree. Pretty useless, but college was fun and i couldn’t have the job I have now without a degree– so worth it in the end.

I have watched several of my close friends pursue their masters and higher since graduating, and I am happy I decided to enter the workforce and strike while the iron was hot in my field. They are struggling right now and student loans aren’t getting any cheaper. Maybe in the very far future I will go back, but really can’t/don’t want to take the pay cut now.

Post # 48
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a BA in Psychology. I could have kept going to get my Masters, but I chose to work instead. I have spent my entire 16 years in school working on being academically successful. By the time I graduated, I was pretty much done. I landed a job at the college I graduated from, so no Master’s was needed. The college will pay for your tuition to take up to 3 Master’s level classes. But they don’t offer anything that would interest me. Had they offered a Master’s program I would like, I would have enrolled. I just don’t need a Masters degree to work at colleges in the positions I am interested in. Perhaps some day I will get my degree in human services or something. I don’t want to do counseling that is for sure! Definitely don’t regret a thing.

Post # 49
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have my BA in History and Master’s in Public Administration. I needed to finish my Master’s in order to keep my job so yes, it did help me secure a position. As far as my actual day to day duties, I don’t think it really matters. I work for the federal government and a lot of what I do (HR) is learned from first hand work experience.

Post # 50
4242 posts
Honey bee

I have two Bachelors degrees (one is a “post-bachelors” in the sense that I had to get the 1st to do the 2nd), and hope to start my Masters next year. I can get a portion paid off by the government and I’ll get an immediate salary raise. My masters degree is probably as far as I’ll go, though. 

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  ClaudiaKishi.
Post # 51
9286 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

JD. I’d never go back to school unless a future employer wants to pay for me to get an MBA, haha.

Post # 52
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern

An honours Bachelor of Science. It was absolutely worth it. I have toyed with the idea of going back for my Masters but that would mainly be just something I would do because it interests me… not for any career advancement or need. I own my own company. 

Post # 53
390 posts
Helper bee

I’m working on a Ph.D. in a humanities field.  I’m at the dissertation writing stage but am already past my original defense/graduation goal.  I will be happy to finish and hopefully find a job in my desired field (know that I don’t want to launch immediately into trying to get a tenure-track job in academia).  

Post # 54
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I have a bachelors. I could not hold my position without the degree, so it was absolutely worth my time and effort. I paid for it all on scholarship, and now I earn 6 figures a year. I will eventually go for my Masters because I would like to teach at the community college level once I retire. I like working, and in particular like working in adult education, so teaching will allow me to work a bit while still enjoying a lot more free time for travel and hobbies.

Post # 55
25 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have a master’s of science in statistics. I really enjoyed undergrad but grad school sucked. In the end it was definitely worth it as it was completely paid for by my job at the time and my starting salary was about 50% higher than it would have been had I gone straight out with a bachelors. I work in software now developing mathematical and statistical algorithms. The work is definitely better with a master’s degree.

Post # 56
5 posts
  • Wedding: April 2017

Working on my bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice. My goal is to be a probation officer. I was actually inspired to go into this field by my FI’s family.

Post # 57
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

BA in History, also licensed to teach 7-12 Integrated Social Studies. I basically double-majored but don’t have the paper to show for it.

I don’t teach like I thought I would, but my degree helped me get my job where I am today, working on eLearnings and online classroom development, so it ended up being a good thing. A bachelor’s in general helps get your foot in the door I’ve found.

I’d like to get my Master’s, not sure in what yet. Where I work will pay for it once I’ve been here for a certain amount of time, so if I can do it without taking on debt I will do it in a heartbeat! Doubt I will ever go for a Ph.D though.

Post # 58
9224 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a Master’s degree in IT.  MY work paid for my master’s degree and since I was planning on getting one anyway it made sense for me to let them pay.

Post # 59
1019 posts
Bumble bee

My highest completed level of education is a high school diploma. However, I plan to earn at least a bachelor’s degree (I’m currently 20 years old and in my second year). Due to the nature of the education field, I will most likely need a master’s degree, too.

Post # 60
7903 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

On posts like this asking about education, it always seems like people are very well educated. I wonder how much of it is a reflection of the weddingbees in general and how much is related to selection bias within the group. 

I am on my 4th and final year of postgrad training in a healthcare-related field. I love what I do and am looking forward to officially starting my career!

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