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Old 04-30-2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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Did the degree you graduate with have any bearing on the first job you got after college? Does it now? What degree did you get?

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Did the degree you graduate with have any bearing on the first job you got after college?
Only in that it was a degree.

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Does it now?
Never did; I'm retired.

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BA Math; with some graduate work.

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Old 04-30-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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Had to have a degree to fly in the Air Force. Any subject would do.

Did it ever help. Most likely. Business degree. I don't think every subject helped, but in general the business and management subject did. Retired now. Not much use, however, I am sure some of what I learned in Finance class helps.
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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I got a BA in business 20 years after I started working, so it didnt really affect my career much at the time. But that was 14 years ago, and I think the degree has helped a lot since then.
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:18 PM   #5
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Did the degree you graduate with have any bearing on the first job you got after college?

No.

Does it now?

No

What degree did you get?

BA, Philosophy.


That said, the degree DID teach me to reason and to write, and those came in VERY handy when applying to grad school for my MBA. THAT degree got me a good job right out of the gate and I'm still in the industry 18 years later.

THAT said, 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.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:52 PM   #6
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:10 PM   #7
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It absolutely helped me get by first job. I use what I learned on a daily basis.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:17 PM   #8
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Yes and Yes...

BS in Mechanical Engineering and MEng in Aeronautical Engineering

Currently working on another MS in buzz words (lean, six sigma, statistcial analysis, blah blah blah) that my company foots the bill for. Heck the company even gives stock awards ($10k) to advanced degree recipients, now if I could only finish that master's project.

Hope to start working on an MBA as early as fall '09 (again paid for by the company).
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:54 PM   #9
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BS Computer Science in 1979. Since my first (and all) jobs were programming,
I would say it was very important to getting hired. The knowledge it imparted to
me was useful up through my retirement in 2006.

My MBA was interesting, but useless to my career. My graduate CS work was
also applicable to some of my jobs.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:47 AM   #10
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Yes, yes, BS & Ph.D. in engineering.
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BA in Economics, but I've spent my life as a computer programmer. The BA opened doors, of course. The Economics part hasn't directly applied, but I think it has contributed a lot to how I think -- no regrets about that major.

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:46 AM   #12
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BS in Finance. Diploma and good GPA got me a foot in the door and a 30 year gig @ megacorp. Degree did not matter.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:50 PM   #13
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B.S. in Finance. It was the degree to some part, but more the specific coursework I took that got me my first job. Yes degree was relevant, still is.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:18 PM   #14
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BA in English. Yes and Yes--every full-time job I've had since graduating has been directly related to my major: bookstore clerk, library assistant, publishing, freelance editing. I'm rather proud of that.

Of course, I haven't used a single thing I learned in my English courses in any of my jobs. But I suspect that's true of business degrees, too.
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Yes, the degree that I earned was a fundamental qualification for my first job (as Assistant Professor at a major public university) afterwards, though I backed it up with publications and accomplishments along the way. The degree didn't open doors - - I beat bashed down pried open opened those doors myself, but I needed the degree in order to pull that off. In fact, the job offer was contingent upon it.

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Yes. Degrees and applicable experience both help a lot in gaining federal employment. Scientists in my unit were hired to work in our particular areas of expertise in which we have earned advanced degrees, and we do.

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B.S.E.E., then M.S. & Ph.D. Oceanography.
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BS in Finance got me my fed job as a bank examiner. CFA 10 years later got me my current job as a financial risk analyst. So, yes and yes.
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:28 PM   #17
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Currently: design and build big IT systems

Did the degree help? Not really. I went in to computer science because I liked programming so much and my first employer after college wanted to hire me before I graduated. However, I do owe my first two paid programming jobs to people I met while at college, so it helped from that standpoint I guess.
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Yes to all. Registered Nurse. Bachelors and Masters degrees, Nursing.
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:26 AM   #19
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