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Old 01-20-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Anybody regret the college degree concentration they received?

I could kick my fanny for getting a degree in psychology, but have to admit that it DID help in sales and, of course, on a personal level when it came to understanding why someone was the way they were. BUT what a waste of 4 years! I mean, really...what use is it ?
Granted, with the psych degree, it enabled me to study the Myers-Briggs, so I know it like the back of my hand--and what a wade thru that one was, by the way.
And the psych degree helped me probably study the Enneagram--another personality test that is over 2,500 years old.
Put the two tests together and you can pretty much spend a few hours with someone and usually get a good read on their mental health and basic personality. Big whoops.
If I had it to do all over again, I would get a finance and economics degree.
This really is starting to bother me, so I ask:

Does anyone else feel they wasted 4 years of their time on a degree that they now feel is...well, useless? Or am I the only one on here?

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Old 01-20-2008, 01:31 PM   #2
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I got a B.S. in Public Administration. Completely waste of time because to earn decent money, I had to go to grad school to get business degrees.

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Old 01-20-2008, 01:33 PM   #3
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Don't think I wasted the 4 years, but sure could have used it more effectively. As for the specific degree, I have never used mine professionally in any way and in the high tech computer jobs I have had, for folks in my age range, that is very common. The younger folks are more likely to have applicable degrees, but us older crew are more likely to have degrees in music, biology, archeology or some other unrelated science.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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No, don't regret it since I don't have a degree.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:44 PM   #5
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I got a degree in one field, then ended up doing something completely different, but don't feel that much was wasted. Learned think, and all that.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:51 PM   #6
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My undergrad is in psychology and philosophy. Initially, my plans were to get an advanced degree in one or the other and teach. I had no interest in clinical work. But . . . worries about ending up with a good job (how many philosophy professor jobs are there?) and the desire for money, as well as some other considerations, led me to law school.

Not sure that I would have done it the same all over again, but I don't regret the undergrad work.

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Old 01-20-2008, 01:57 PM   #7
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I can not say I regret it but I wish my education had been more rounded than just Nursing .
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:15 PM   #8
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How about a B.S. in Criminal Justice? I came on the department with an AA, did the B.S. part time over the next 13 years with a 5-year break after divorce. I was 46 by the time I got it, I just kept going because I was close to finishing and it seemed foolish to write off the previous work. A sense of accomplishment from it I suppose, but wife & family were more excited about it than I was.

I suppose it might open some doors if a B.S. is needed, especially in govt. often they don't care what the degree is in, they just want a degree. Law enforcement is that way, they want the wide range of expertise. I had a cattle rustling case one time, the "go-to guy" had a degree in Animal Husbandry.

Started on a M.S. in Information Systems intending to work after retirement from law enforcement & make big bux. Then my mother died, six months later my wife's mother died, and I thought "I am spending WAY too much time in front of a computer screen. I'm going to spend that time with family."

So that's what we've been doing. Wife is much more relaxed than when she was working & loves the relaxed pace.
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:22 PM   #9
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Interesting. I started off college as a history & philosophy major. My high school advisor asked me:

"How will you make money? Go into business; make the other things your hobby."

Took a few business courses, then switched colleges; left with economics & finance majors and accounting minor.
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:36 PM   #10
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I got a BS in Accounting which has been useful both personally and professionally. My favorite classes in college, however, were not business related at all such as music, biology and english.
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:55 PM   #11
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Was a history major when I started university right out of high school, got married and had kids. Went back to school and changed to double major finance/accounting (which is to say I completed the hours for an accounting major, then discovered I liked finance way more), b-law minor.

My only regret was taking a bunch of biology/geology courses during my first couple of years...following my interest at the time...young and dumb.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:32 PM   #12
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I got a BS in Chemical Engineering with Math minor. Thankfully its been good to me so far (although Im getting close to wanting a career change I think). I got an MBA that Im not sure of the value right now--Im hoping that it will pay for itself later in my career.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:36 PM   #13
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My major was in accounting, which I don't regret in the sense that I have always been able to get decent well paying jobs.

However I do wish I had of done something that spoke to my heart rather than to my strongly logical side. I don't find my field that fulfilling, but being close to FIRE I have no desire to try and change and requalify for something else.

I be a girl, he's a boy. Think I maybe FIRED since July 08. Mid 40s, no kidlets. Actually am totally clueless as to what is going on with DH.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:01 PM   #14
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Yes, actually, I do regret my BA and MA in English. What was I THINKING? What I really wanted to do was be a journalist and I wish I had gone to journalism school. Instead I became a college teacher because I could have summers off to be with my kids. Didn't work out that way at all. Oh well.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:25 PM   #15
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No regrets. Rec'd Pharmacy degree in '77, worked in hospitals the majority of my career, loved the people I worked with, never had to hunt for employment, and most of all, enjoyed helping the patients. Just retired at 58.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:02 PM   #16
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B.S. Fisheries Science. I had to switch to computers to make a living, so I was lucky I took lots of computer science classes along the way. They were easier than biology.
It was not the best major, but I'm glad I went through and completed a science degree. Otherwise I'd probably still be doing low-paid menial work and not ERed. Just having a B.S. on the resume helped me get hired.
I did get out on the ocean some professionally, my real interest at the time.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:24 PM   #17
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Associates degree in mechanical engineering, associates degree in electrical engineering. I worked in the field of research and development for 35 years designing automated manufacturing equipment, consumer products and medical instrumentation. Enjoyed it and earned a good living too.

Probably wouldn't do anything different a second time around.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:37 PM   #18
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BS in Finance (how appropriate ). No regrets, it helped me in my career (at least 5 different jobs) at megacorp.
I advised my son, who started out in engineering at college, to continue with it even though he KNEW he did not want to be an engineer after graduating. I told him that it would train him in critical thinking skills, which it did.
I toyed with the idea of getting a JD, because I found my business law classes so interesting, but never got around to it... a slight tinge of regret there, but not much . I am not one prone to past regrets... life is a series of 'forks in the road'... take one and see where it goes, I always say.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:05 PM   #19
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When I was a senior in high school (1973) and making college plans my priorities were-

Go to a college with my boyfriend.
Go to a college far enough away from my parents.

So we ended up going to a state university together. I got a degree in Early Childhood Education because I really did like kids, wanted to be a teacher and it was EASY. And it was far enough away from the parents.

I graduated with a bachelors and never taught. There was a surplus of teachers in 1977 and I had one job offer that was 3 time zones away (Idaho). I worked while looking for a teaching job and eventually ended up as a Store Accounting Supervisor for a national company. Got a few promotions and ended up as a Staff Accountant, without having an accounting degree.

My regret would be that I wish I would have known how much I loved accounting. I really felt like that was my niche. I've wondered how far I could have gone with an accounting degree.

The high school boyfriend that was so important in 1973 is the same guy that has been my husband since 1976, so there are no regrets there. The me that made him a priority at age 18 got that one right even though I could have made a better choice in college majors.
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:37 AM   #20
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I worked as an office manager for an actuarial firm when I was 25. They offered me a promotion to assistant actuary -- for the same salary I was making. Because I did payroll I knew that the other assistants were making many thousands more.

"Well, THEY have college degrees," I was told.

Because I kept the personnel files I went back to see what these degrees were all about. English literature, social welfare, and american history are the ones I remember.

I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandelier but they didn't have to tell me twice. A degree may not have helped me make more, but it could sure be used as an excuse to pay me less. I turned down the assistant's job, took my 2 yrs of Jr. college and applied to "the big kid's school." Got a BA in Philosophy.

Now, that in itself didn't get me big bucks, but it did pave the way for the MBA (which I hadn't considered prior to the BA and couldn't have qualified for without), and for my career thereafter.

Oh, by the way, I also learned to reason logically, which is an easy thing to undervalue until you meet a few people who can't or won't do likewise.

For me, a degree isn't JUST about what I studied during the time it took to earn it, it was also about opening doors and training my mind to successfully navigate my choices as they appeared.

I'm wiling to bet (though there's no way to prove it), that I'd be a very different person without it.

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