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Just wondering, for all the college graduates, did your degree help you land the job you wanted? Do you feel like you are putting it to use or is your current job not related to your degree? For the people who never went to college or dropped out, do you regret your decision? Oh, and did you enjoy your college experience?
 

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well, I got the job I wanted even <i>before</i> I finished my degree (although I was almost done). I have a Bachelors in Psych (Animal Behavior) and I got a job at the zoo as a zookeeper. Granted I don't do that anymore. But I also have a Cosmetology degree and I got a job off of that. And I have a Certification in Mainframe Programming and that definately helped me get my last IT job. So, in all, yes all of my schooling was useful and helped me get my jobs.<br><br><br><br>
I am unemployed (laided off) right now but I am using my IT certification more than my Bachelors right now. I was working on my Masters in IS but not taking classes right now because my work was paying for my tuition.<br><br><br><br>
Did I enjoy school? Well, it took me 8 years to finish my BS because i went part time and had to work so in a way that was torturous but I did take some fun classes. So, I had a different sort of 'college experience'.<br><br><br><br>
I don't regret it (although, i wished it hadn't taken so long to finish)- Degrees can be very useful in getting jobs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Experience is too though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Your degrees are credentials that are used as minimum standards just to get you an interview for most "professional" positions.<br><br><br><br>
That said, the knowledge and critical thinking skills you develop while in school are the greater benefit in the long run.
 

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I have a BS in Aviation, and it never helped me get a job. Employers want to know that you have the flight hours, experience, and ability to make good decisions. They don't care if you have a degree or not. If I had to do it all over, I would get a degree in botany, geology, or something fun like that.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I graduated with my B.A. in Spanish, and it helped me to acquire a fluency in the language. My degree and experience with the Modern Language department definitely helped me land my current job, and I still speak Spanish daily.<br><br>
It may not have made me a millionaire, but it's been very useful and has definitely paid off.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and I absolutely loved and adored my college career.<br><br>
Still one of the happiest periods of my life.</span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>nigel</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
That said, the knowledge and critical thinking skills you develop while in school are the greater benefit in the long run.</div>
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Good point, but do you think you need four years of college to develop critical thinking skills? Would you be able to get these skills better if you were taught the information required for your field hands on in lesser time? (BTW, I am not disagreeing with you. As a college student I totally see your point; I am just curious about your opinion.)
 

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I have to say my History degree is useless in my current job.<br><br>
But as the previously poster stated, my college career was a wonderful period in my life!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">I graduated with my B.A. in Spanish, and it helped me to acquire a fluency in the language. My degree and experience with the Modern Language department definitely helped me land my current job, and I still speak Spanish daily.<br><br>
It may not have made me a millionaire, but it's been very useful and has definitely paid off.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and I absolutely loved and adored my college career.<br><br>
Still one of the happiest periods of my life.</span></div>
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Just wondering, since you majored in a foreign language did you ever look into a study abroad program? Do you think that would have helped you learn the language (and culture) better, or do you think the benefits of the college you went to out weighed the benefits of studying abroad?
 

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I would select the option "graduated not 'useful' to find a job, but 'useful' in my life."<br><br><br><br>
I got a BS in Physics with minors in math and computer science after 5 and a half years. Then another 4 in grad school, but I didn't get a masters or PhD.<br><br><br><br>
I have gotten some short term side jobs in the IT field because of my computer background, and I've done some work in physics. The job I wanted either doesn't exist, or I don't really want to go through the effort to get it, so school quickly became more about my interests than about getting a job.<br><br><br><br>
If the question is "what is worth it?" I'd say yes, for reasons as nigel stated.
 

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Good point, but do you think you need four years of college to develop critical thinking skills? Would you be able to get these skills better if you were taught the information required for your field hands on in lesser time? (BTW, I am not disagreeing with you. As a college student I totally see your point; I am just curious about your opinion.)</div>
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It depends on a number of things. I know plenty of PhDs who are morons and plenty of uneducated "classless workers" who can run rings around the rest of us in some matters of literature, history, and philosophy.<br><br><br><br>
I'm comfortable saying that it generally will put you ahead of the curve, especially if you take advantage of the opportunity. For me, it provided a lot of concentrated time and resources that I wouldn't have found elsewhere, and taking classes helped give me the drive to take advantage of them.
 

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I graduated with a BA from an arts school. The school was a waste of my time and the piece of paper does nothing for me. I think what sent me over the edge was when my school didn't put enough postage on it and I had to pay myself to go pick it up at the post office! Sure it doesn't sound like a big deal, but for some one who is in student loan debt from a fancy school, every little penny counts.<br><br><br><br>
So I am sure you are wondering why I continued to attend this fancy school and didn't transfer? Well it was because at that time it was the only school I could find that would offer my major. So did I learn anything from college? Very little. Was it a waste of money? Yes If I could start over again would I pick another major? Yes. I learned more onsite from the company I went full time with after graduation than what I did in college. But then again in the entertainment industry your piece of paper doesn't mean anything, just something to fall back on.<br><br><br><br>
I am working on my masters in education right now, I don't want students to go through the same thing I did. There are so many more valuable aspects of the industry students need to learn than what they wasted our time on.<br><br><br><br>
Hope that wasn't too honest for you! ha ha
 

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I'm taking a few years off of "real" college because everything I'm interested in studying is something that I'm not interested/couldn't get a job in (english, biology, etc.) I've taken some baking classes at community college and thats what I'm doing now (baking for an atlanta bread company) and I actually make ok money ($100 per bake for an entry level job). Baking classes have more than paid themselves off and I'll probably take more because they are lots of fun. I'll probably get a degree just for my personal entertainment at some point.
 

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Sabrina has a degree in Communications. She was working in her field for a while but then had to leave her job when she moved. Out of desperation, she took a receptionist job which was supposed to be temporary. They started out by matching her previous salary which was somewhere in the range of $36,000. She received an $8,000 bonus that December for Christmas with a $5,000 raise. This past December she received another $5,000 raise with only (ha) a $5,000 bonus. So she's pretty much making $46,000 to answer phones, type, file and play 'gopher'. She will be leaving that job when she moves again, in about a year or so. So, right now her degree doesn't mean much and yet she's doing ok for herself!
 

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Dropped out, no regrets. I think I decided I didn't want to to go college my first day of 1st grade. I absolutely hated, loathed, abhorred (I don't think there's a word strong enough) school my whole life and never wanted to make myself go through anymore than what was absolutely necessary by law if I had a choice in it. As a requirement for graduation, I had to take about 50% of my senior year classes at a community college (which I hated even more than regular high school), and somewhere in that year I let my friends, parents, school advisers, etc. talk me into going to a 4-year university the next fall. I tolerated it for a few months and decided I'd had enough. It's just not for me. At least I can say I tried it, but now I know it just isn't for me (too bad I had to waste a couple months of my life and a few thousand dollars to find that out, but what can you do).<br><br><br><br>
That being said, although I don't regret dropping out for my own peace of mind, I do admit it kind of sucks to live in a world that's so unfriendly to people who are unwilling to go into thousands of dollars of debt for the better part of their adult life to get a piece of paper that says you can do/you know a lot about X so you can get a higher paying job than I can. But meh. That was my choice and I have to make the best of it.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think I would be so anti-college (for me, I don't care what others do) if the school system in America actually made sense (to me). If it was more like other countries where you basically go and concentrate on only your major and things that are relevant to it, then I'd probably be all for it. But if I want to study biology and sciences, then sorry, I just don't have time (or the desire to dump extra money) for English or poetry or dramatic arts, you know?
 

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Just wondering, since you majored in a foreign language did you ever look into a study abroad program? Do you think that would have helped you learn the language (and culture) better, or do you think the benefits of the college you went to out weighed the benefits of studying abroad?</div>
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<br><span style="color:#008000;">Sure, I looked into it but seeing as how I was living alone and putting myself through college I couldn't afford another $1500+ to study abroad.<br><br>
It's certain that immersion in a culture would have been beneficial, but without the finances the situation can't happen.<br><br><br><br>
There is a significant Spanish-speaking population where I live as it is, so I get plenty of opportunity to practice. It's not Spain but hey gotta do what you gotta do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></span>
 

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I have a degree in Sociocultural Anthropology. That in itself has not helped me find a job, as I still work at the same place I did when I went to school, but having the degree has helped me move up the ladder. I learned many things not strictly related to subject matter that have been very useful in buisness, as in the rest of my life, such as time management, information dissemination, some psychology stuff, some management stuff, etc.<br><br><br><br>
With most undergraduate degrees, it's not so much what you study, as the very fact that you are studying it, learning how to learn and do research.<br><br><br><br>
I also enjoyed my college experience very much. I love learning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/book2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":book:">
 

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Mine is useful , I have to have it or I could not practice in my field. i have a masters deg in nursing, and work as a nurse practitioner, to be certified i have to have a masters degree.
 

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I've got a degree and a masters in nursing. They were both very useful and took me straight to where I wanted to go at the time. I'm not really using them anymore but it was still very beneficial and worth going to uni for.
 

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I'm not really using them anymore</div>
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slacka! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lipsrsealed2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sealed:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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