(Closed) What was your degree in and what is your current job?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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Blushing bee

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cbgg :  I am curious if you work in the US or in Canada? I have an accounting background (commerce degree with a specialization in accounting) and have worked in said field for 6 years now since graduating, but I really do not like it at all and am trying to transition into HR. Did you do any sort of HR designation? Do you like the field? Thanks!

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My BA is in English and Anthropology, my master’s is in Library and Information Studies. I’m the Director at a public library… My exact degree is the first on the list of requirements for my current position, so yes, it helped.

Post # 18
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Helper bee

Degree –  Bachelors in Marketing Management. Current position – internet sales manager for a car dealership. Did not need degree to get this job as I started as a receptionist and worked my way up.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Journalism (Sports Reporting) and I’m a copywriter for a major hotel chain 🙂

Journalism helped me get my foot in the door at my first internship out of college when my company needed something written, and I got assigned something purely based on the fact that I was a journalism grad. That lead to me being hired to be the copywriter for that company and I’ve hopped to a couple copywriter roles over the years.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My BS is in business with a concentration in marketing. I am currently a project manager at a contract packaging facility. What helped me get my job was in part due to my degree, but it was also due to my previous internship and that I already had office experience.  

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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pammylammy :  Both!  I am actually from Canada (went to school there and worked there for years) but now live and work in the US.

Where are you?  

If you are looking to make the transition I think it’s a great idea to get a designation to show that you are serious.  In Canada the designation is called a CHRP and doing the first test is not terribly expensive and is pretty easy (about the same as the final for the Into to HR type course you would have taken in your commerce degree).  Once you pass the first test you are called a CHRP Candidate, which is, honestly, almost as good as being a CHRP.  The designation itself is a joke and cash grab in comparison to a CPA, but it does show intent which can help in your job search.  Studying for the exam can also really help you brush up on your HR/Org knowledge.  You can buy good study guides or attend a class to learn all you need to know.

If you are in the USA there are similar designations, but I haven’t pursued them so I’m not too knowledgable.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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ReallyaReeves :  my degree is in English/creative writing…I don’t work in my field per se. I am a coordinator with a health and fitness company, so I do anything administrative for my boss plus manage any studios that he owns (manage administratively, they have personal trainers that manage the employees’ performance), and handle all incoming inquiries. I also do all of our social media and online presence.

Even though I’m not technically “using” my degree the same way I would if I taught English or something, I’m an asset to my boss because of my proofreading ability, writing skill, etc. So the things I learned with my degree definitely get used every day.

I do want to pursue my master’s but I’m not sure in what yet, so I’m just working and enjoying my current job for now! If I do go back to school it will likely be for teaching, but higher ed. Adult students.

Post # 23
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Helper bee

My degree is Interior Design and yes, it did help me get the job I have now.  I work for a contract office furniture dealer and do both design and sales.  

If I could go back in time, I would probably go for a different degree (and a different school for financial reasons).

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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pammylammy :  Oh, and do I like the field – it’s ok.  It’s a job, it pays pretty well, it has interesting aspects, and it has cushy aspects.  But I wouldn’t do it for free and now, after nearly 10 years in the field, I daydream about making a change but earn too much money to really want to pull the trigger.  I assume a lot of accountants feel the same way!  

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My degree is in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting.  I am now the Controller of a General Engineering Excavation Company and an Appeals Consultant for a Civil Defense Litigation Firm.  It’s related to my job as a Controller but not my Contracting job (but my job as a consultant began after I left my job at the law firm doing Accounting and Appeals).  I wouldn’t have either without my degree.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I got my bachelors in English and I work two jobs graphic designer and life coach!

Post # 27
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Helper bee

LOL I have a degree in Equine Science. I had dreams of not just owning horses but to make a job out of it. That quickly failed after being in the industry for a few years. It takes a lot of work to make it to the top of the Equine industry but i’ll rather own my horses instead of working with someone else’s.

 

As of now I do registration for a Heath Care system and trying to climb my way up….

Post # 28
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Newbee

My Degree is a BS in Photography, Minor Photojournalism. My current job is a Photographer/Videographer for a tech company so my degree did help, but I also held two internships while in college and freelanced all the way through college. 

My Fiance has a BS in Spanish, she has not used it at all, but it did help a bit in getting her job, she started out as a sales support specialist and is now in reporting and analytics and loves it. 

So things can work out either way.

Post # 29
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Blushing bee

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cbgg :  Thank you so much for your response! I am in Canada and have been looking into the CHRP designation. I want to write the first exam which is in November (or next June) but I am going to order the material first before scheduling my exam just in case November is too soon. But based on your information it may not be too soon as I did take some HR courses during my commerce degree. I had started my CPA but really was just so unhappy with accounting in general that I decided not to continue with the job or the studies (cushy pay but hated the stresses of just staring at numbers all day long and the overtime of month end!) You’re very right – all jobs have their pros and cons. I’d love to get into the HR field and work my way up to some sort of management position one day and hopefully be happy there. A little scary starting my career over but hopefully it will be worth it. Thanks for the tips!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Food science and nutrition degree

Work as a product developer for new supermarket products.

Honestly you don’t need the degree for this job 95% of the time (just be awesome at multitasking & communicating and love eating basically), but its a requirement to get employed

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