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

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 91
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

AS in Legal Assisting

BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

JD

I work as a court operations consultant for the state court system – meaning I help develop policies and procedures for court operations that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the courts. A law degree was not a requirement for this job, but I’m not a practicing attorney either, so it’s all good. My law degree certainly does help in working with the courts.

Post # 93
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3854 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I have a BA in Political Science/International Relations and a JD.  I work as an attorney doing national security law work, so I would say my BA (and foreign language skills acquired as a minor: Spanish and Arabic) is helpful, but certainly did not get me my current position.  I went straight to law school after college, but imagine it would have been very difficult to find a job with just a BA doing the kind of things I studied.  The dream job for what I studied in undergrad would be working for the State Dept and hiring is long and diffcult – one of my friends went through the process and it took 3 years. 

On the other hand, my Fiance has a BS and MS in Physiology and has had a very hard time finding work (we live in a large city and he went to top tier schools).  The market is tough no matter what you do. 

ETA: My main advice would be to start looking for jobs early.  If you’re a rising Senior, start now.  And also, be realistic.  Of course, apply for your dream jobs, but make sure you have viable backups so you’re employed by graduation.  It’s not the end of the world if your first and second jobs are not really what you want to do.  I would consider an advanced degree for what you want to do- I only had two friends who were sociology majors: one got his masters in… social work maybe, and is a guidance cousellor, the other sells random stuff (think home parties to seel jewelry/homegoods, that sort of thing).  Good luck!

Post # 95
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

BA in Slavic Literature: maybe helped me get into grad school, a little? But the degree was mostly useless, although the skills I learned were valuable. MFA in Creative Writing: directly got me my job. I’m an adjunct professor, teaching the exact same courses I TA-ed during grad school. 

Post # 96
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Honestly, though, once you get your first big job, the experience you get there will be more important to your future than your degree. 

Post # 97
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Busy bee

ReallyaReeves :  I think you can definitely find a job with that degree! It of course depends on the job market in that field, but your degrees should absolutely help you out if you want to be a family counselor. Don’t second guess yourself!

Post # 100
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61 posts
Worker bee

I have a BS in Nursing, and I’m an RN in the nursery of a hospital. I’m hoping to become a nurse practitioner eventually.

Post # 101
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Newbee

I have a bachelors in Marketing, and a Masters in Accounting. I am currently an Auditor at a school district. My degrees definitely helped when job searching/getting the job I have and I use what I learned in class every day.  

Post # 102
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329 posts
Helper bee

Degree: Associates in Applied Science, Paralegal Studies

Job: Paralegal, 3 years. 

It is a very specialized field, like a nurse. I can do freelance if I want to. the best thing is that its not customer service and I have my own office 🙂 

Post # 103
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4232 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

Journalism and Public Relations….yet I wound up as a medical office assistant. I actually couldn’t find a job in my field when I graduated (I finished school during the journalism recession), and spent some quality time working at starbucks. Then I kind of fell into this field because a regular customer advised me their office was looking for someone and they wanted to reccomend me. I worked at that place for about eight months, then got headhunted to another clinic and stayed for over two years, and a month ago came to the clinic I am at now. I have gained enough ‘work experience’ that nobody CARES I didn’t go to school for this. It’s amazing how things work out!

Post # 104
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268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I was Global Studies (history, poli-sci, sociology and Econ mix) and most of my classes were on the social/economic impacts of immigration. I currently work in logistics for a big clothing company (bringing freight into the US) but am starting a new job with a furniture company where I’ll do  inventory planning/working with vendors next month! Also, for a year right out of school I worked for a state regulatory agency. Honestly, I had the same mentality as you when I was in college and don’t regret it for a second.

Post # 105
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology. I’m a postdoctoral fellow in a lab studying neurodegeneration. My job is exactly what my degrees were made for and for the most part, my job is what I have to do to continue in my field. It’s the next step of training, kind of like how MDs have to do residencies. 

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