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What did you use your degree for?

Asked by Jude (31977 points ) July 20th, 2010

Or, did you?

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Austinlad's avatar

Other than being an H.R. requirement of one or two of my past employers, my degree (B.A.) has been pretty much useless. It was always experience (and of course my winning personality) that got my jobs.

cookieman's avatar

I have never used my degree (BFA) for anything. In sixteen years no (potential) employer has ever asked me about my degree. Sure it’s listed on my resume, but that’s about it.

Getting in the door has always been about my portfolio and being at the right place at the right time.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My degree opened a few doors (BS, Ivy League), but I had to work my way thru them after that. It was a good four years and opened my eyes to a lot of stuff, but it was always up to me to perform once I got a job.

gemiwing's avatar

Not a damn thing.

janbb's avatar

Needed my BA to get my Master’s in Library Science, but also since I studied widely in the liberal arts as an undergraduate, it has helped shaped my critical thinking skills and enabled me to continue with life-long learning. It was a great school academically.

gemiwing's avatar

@janbb Yay MLS! I have a soft spot for a nice MLS. It may or may not have influenced me in marrying Hubbs

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@janbb School of Guido?

mattbrowne's avatar

For three things

1) To be able to choose the best job from multiple job offers
2) To send a strong signal to potential employers that I’m capable of dealing with challenges (getting an M.S. degree is a challenge)
3) To use about 15% of the subject matters of my degree which has become relevant at some point in my career

pearls's avatar

For the job I am now in. Phamaceutical rep. Although you don’t have to have a marketing degree for this job.

jsc3791's avatar

I agree with @mattbrowne… I don’t necessarily think the subject in which you obtain your degree has to be utilized day to day in a job, or to get the job. I believe it shows that you are dedicated enough to see something through…especially when it isn’t “necessary” as this question points out. Having a degree in anything shows that you’re capable of critical thinking, perseverance, and putting time and effort forth toward a goal.

janbb's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Actually, I went to school in New York State. So go on and make something of that, you big bully!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@janbb That explains a lot. I didn’t think you could learn anything in Jersey. (runs for cover)

Cruiser's avatar

I did a wee bit of videography work out of college but after that my degree in communications was put to the test in the corporate world after I set out to run my own business.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Haven’t got that yet. But I will use it to produce money to sustain my life. More money of course!

aprilsimnel's avatar

It got my my first production assistant job on a network TV show about a year and a half after I graduated. I didn’t know anyone in the business at the time, so I was lucky. And knowing people, in tandem with that piece of paper, is what truly helps. Network, network, network (and have faith in yourself and in the idea that you have something to offer any organization you’re interested in).

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Some do, and some don’t. I didn’t finish college and went directly into the hotel industry. Within the same company, I went from Administrative Assistant to Director of Training. It took time, continued education paid for by the company, and people who believed in my ability. And I’ve seen several people with a hotel management degree who left the business either by their choice or their supervisor’s.

One niece could not become a medical doctor without a medical degree. The cousin who got his Ph.D. from MIT probably wouldn’t have gotten his VP job with Qualcomm (and he’s freaking brilliant at it). Another cousin lasted six weeks as an elementary school teacher before she quit and stayed home.

It’s just a matter of finding what you really enjoy doing. If you love it enough and a degree is required, a way to get there can be found.

CMaz's avatar

It looks good on my resume. School of hard knocks is what counted in the long run.

mattbrowne's avatar

@jsc3791 – The most important part of being at a university is to learn how to learn. We need this our whole life.

Blackberry's avatar

@mattbrowne Do you mean like textbooks, research etc. Or does that mean something else that flew past my head lol?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

My B.A. in biology indicates to employers that I’m able to handle challenges (rather than a B.A. in a soft science). My MPH is directly linked to the field I’m in which is the field of public health and has given me an upper hand over those that only have a B.A.

BoBo1946's avatar

Coach/teacher/insurance adjuster!

I have three college degrees:

B.S. – Bull Shit

M.S. – More of the Same

Ph.D. – Piled Higher and Deeper

Your_Majesty's avatar

@BoBo1946 Ha ha…How could I get those degrees?

BoBo1946's avatar

@Doctor_D hey, there are plenty people here that are expert at this degree!

Seaofclouds's avatar

To become a nurse (ADN) and expand my career opportunities (BSN).

the100thmonkey's avatar

Evil.

“I didn’t go to Evil Medical School for six years to be Mr. Evil.”

My BA in Philosophy taught me logical analysis, critical thinking, how to approach problems, the value of logic, the basis from which to understand the scientific method, and what bullshit smells like so that later in life I would know when it’s around (there’s rather a of of it out there).

I used it – use it – to keep me afloat (there are many consolations in philosophy), and as an evolving tool to understand the world around me.

I also got me a visa for Japan: a bachelor’s degree (or significant experience in your professional field) is a sine qua non for non-spousal residence visas there.

As a teacher, I use logical analysis every day. The terms are different, but the skill is the same.

I also used it to gain entry to my MSc program.

Jeruba's avatar

I’ve used my degree as a credential, primarily but not exclusively for employment purposes.

I’ve used my education every single day, both in my working life, in my avocations, and in my leisure activities. It’s almost as much a part of who I am as my bones.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Blackberry – The ability to get the most out of textbooks or research papers is part of the experience.

Blackberry's avatar

@mattbrowne Ok, just making sure I wasn’t having a brain fart lol.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Well, i did a law degree, so i practiced law with it. Only for a very short time though (couple of months), because i hated it, so now i no longer do law at all. So, i do nothing with my degree right now.

desiree333's avatar

I really hope I won’t end up being that person who does nothing but frame and stare at their degree.

cmomoCPA's avatar

BS in Biology, I worked in Clinical Research for a while but it is a burn out industry. My advice is to get an advanced solid degree in something concrete, MD, MBA in Accounting(with CPA), Engineering degree. Don’t look back, you don’t want to have to reevaluate your career choices every 10 years, figure out what you want to do, look at its 20–30 yr prospects get it and get on with your life.

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