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Thread: Those With Degrees, Are You Using Them

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    No, not at all. I used my music degrees when I taught voice. The pay was dreadful, even on the college level (I taught privately and was also an adjunct prof. and paid hourly). My first BA was in Theater and English, which I am not using at all, at least not directly.

    The real estate salespersons requirements in CA are a joke, but your training really comes on the job. Most people think it's easy money and quit when they realize how much work (and expense--since you're always an independent contractor even when you work for a large, well-known company) are involved. If you had told me a few years ago that this would be my career, I would have LAUGHED in your face! I made a very sudden decision three years ago to change careers because I wanted more flexibility in my work schedule so I could spend afternoons with my daughter, who was then entering first grade, and have never regretted it.

    I am grateful and glad for all the years of education I've been fortunate to acquire. There are skills I learned through the years that have no doubt helped me in what I do today, albeit not in any direct form I could describe in detail. Critical thinking, writing skills, etc.--it's all part of the package I am today.

    I will say that I was a lot happier in college when I returned at 29 for my music degrees than I had ever been at 18-22 for my first degree. I was much more focussed and centered. I knew what I wanted to accomplish.
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    Well, I"m sitting here with this great honours history degree, among the top of the class. And yup, can't find a stinking job. Oh, I forget, my mother, who is a manager of a dollar store, gives me about 5 hours a week. At minimum wage, this is just enough money to feed my cat. Yup, life is great for an educated bum like me.
    But I'm not bitter!

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    I have a degree in English Literature and an elementary teaching certificate.............42

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    Originally posted by skatepixie
    Im debating weither I want/need an actual degree. I want to coach FS. Perhaps, it would be better for me to just take classes in what I need for my job and can actually use (ie sports phyc, nutrition, motion physics, russian) instead of choosing a major and taking classes I definatly dont need just because you need them for the basics for a BA.
    Even if you know you want to coach, a college degree can't hurt!

    I am working in my field (although it did take me 14 years and three changes of majors to get here). My bachelor's is in political science, my masters in public administration, and I work in government.

    BTW, I saw a salary increase of $12,000 per year when I got my masters and changed jobs.

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    re: education - one of my sister is a high school teacher. She teaches Finite Math, Algebra and Economics. She told me that on average, most teachers in Ontario have at least two post graduate degrees. It is becoming the norm today. She has two masters degrees, yet the school board keeps telling her to take more summer courses to keep up!.

    Like my sister, I have two degrees one in biology and another in economics. I use one in my current job but always try to finds ways to incorporate the other in my day to day life or even at work.

    I strongly believe an education is worthwhile even if it does not lead one to a job. So for those of you not using your degrees, don't despair. The right job will eventually come. Just keep at it(education) until you get your dream job.

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