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Old 05-04-2008, 12:15 PM   #21
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There are many really good jobs, many of which are relatively new technology, in the healthcare field that require a college degree. We have lots of opportunity to do on-the-job training that would give some of our best employees a professional license that would essentially double their income the day they had it. However, as they never completed a college degree, they are ineligible and there is nothing I can do about it. I've heard every excuse in the book about why they never finished college.

If you plan to enter college, at least finish it. That's the best advice I can ever give to someone.

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Old 05-04-2008, 12:19 PM   #22
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Did the degree you graduate with have any bearing on the first job you got after college?
MSc Physics. Yup, got me in the door to acoustic engineering.

Does it now?
Nope. Nobody does anything related to physics or math. Only rocket science implementation software.

What degree did you get?
Msc. Physics, MBA marketing

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Old 05-05-2008, 02:22 PM   #23
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BS in Chemical Engineering
MS in Environmental Engineering

My degree got me in the door in big oil. Been there 11 years and counting, Although I'm currently in the mindset of looking elsewhere.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:29 PM   #24
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BS in International Relations, Law and Organizations
First job, yes you had to have a degree
Second job, yes, you also needed to have a degree although it was the American Psychological Association

Present job, actually using the degee a little since I am in International Risk.
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Old 05-09-2008, 09:39 AM   #25
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The day after I got my BS in Business is when I handed in my resignation to my then boss. When I handed him my transcript, he glanced at it and said..... so what?. By the way, I was in late thirties, and working full time.

Next job it was not relevant to. The process of learning, how to do research and evaluations and getting pretty good at it, priceless.
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:10 PM   #26
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BA in Fine Arts

Did it help - yes. I was able to work as a Canadian in Hollywood as a special effects artists by applying for and receiving a TN Visa - one of the only people in my company who had the credentials to apply.

That said, the degree helped in the visa requirement. What I actually learned at school was, for the most part rubbish.

This is great advice:

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I believe it's a mistake to go to school only with an eye to a future career -- that's taking advantage of a very small portion of what's on offer in college.
Learn how to drink, make lots of friends, get into trouble (but not too much!). I highly recommend staying in student housing if you have the opportunity. Skip having a room mate if you can help it and get your own room. You'll surely come out of things with some life long friends and endless connections all over the place.

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Old 05-19-2008, 01:07 PM   #27
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Interesting question. Yes and yes, in a roundabout way.

BA Philosophy, but minored in Math. Since I knew how to program, the minor got me a job at a bank doing batch processing (yes, no programming work at all and totally repetitive) in the accounting department. Being in the accounting department and realizing I was asking stupid questions about tax issues spurred me to study tax law, go for an MS in tax, and started my consulting career. The training in philosophy was very helpful in reading and understanding the arcane tax laws.

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