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I'm curious.

For those of you that have a college degree of any kind, do you feel it was worth it? What did you study and where has your career led you thus far? Is your degree related to the work you do? Is the degree you hold a requirement for the positon you work?

I was having a similar discussion with a friend recently and I just felt like hearing some other thoughts. I have a Bachelor's degree. I studied Business Administration with a minor in Health Science. The position I currently hold does not require a degree, but it definitely made it easier. I'm only 27 and have had had quite a few jobs because I'm the type of person who will not stay in one place if I'm unhappy. I've worked in healthcare administration, payroll, insurance and, most recently, the veterinary and animal welfare field which is where I have found what I truly enjoy. I work in a managerial administrative role so it gives me a chance to combine the business aspect from school with the animal-loving side of me. But, as mentioned, my position doesn't REQUIRE a degree. It's a great job with good pay that I actually enjoy. However, to answer my own question - was it worth it? I would say the ROI on my degree has been less-than-satisfying at this point. I can't say for certain that I would be where I am career-wise without it, but it wouldn't have been impossible to achieve without a degree. Maybe just a little more difficult.

With all that said, college was some of the best times I've ever had and I made amazing life-long friends. Thus, if I had to opportunity to go back, I wouldn't change anything. But still, not sure it was totally worth it from a financial standpoint.

What about you?
 

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Yes...my degree is in Social Science and Education. I enjoy what I do and have met some great, professional people in my years doing this. College was ABSOLUTELY the best years of my life. I played a sport in college but still had all the free time in the world. I miss my biggest decision being if I was going to go to my 8am class. The school work wasnt too bad either. I try and tell former students after they graduate to stay in school as long as possible. If its possible go get a reg degree, masters, specialist, phd, md, jd, dds, whatever just stay in and enjoy. I also encourage former athletes to try and get on as a GA with whatever program, get a free masters degree and some experience coaching/asst coaching. I have a couple students that are working on their grad degrees now while a GA.

I will also say that it is not required. I do teach students that I know will not go to college and I do my best to encourage them to find a skill that they enjoy and take as many vocational classes in high school and to take whatever low paying or free even internship they can find while in high school. I have former students that are working in a ship yard down here as welders or electricians that are now making more money than people I know with college degrees. I have talked to business owners who cant find enough employees to fill whatever they need because kids arent learning skills like electrician, construction and so on in school.

If I could go back I probably would do something different. I would probably like to get into advertising of some sort especially for a sports team or company or some sort of sports medicine. But I do enjoy what I do and summers, thanksgiving, xmas, and spring break off is a nice benefit.
 

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Well worth it. My degree means I can walk into thousands of high paid jobs other people have little shot at. My degree has nothing to do with the work I do but "1st class honours" from Cambridge University is basically writing your own ticket to success in the UK tbh.
 

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I’m a lawyer and you can’t go to law school without a BA so it was a requirement. I majored in criminal justice and practice criminal law so it was related.

But I could have gone for anything in college and have my current job.

I knew what I wanted to do when I went to college and I have the job that I wanted when I was in college so I’m happy with it. I’m not making 6 figures but I’m 27 and pay all my bills with no issues so I’m happy with it.
 

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I chose nursing so yeah, my brother chose politics and he runs a football magazine called Mundial. He's very clear that whilst the 'degree' is a waste, his time at University was not as he changed as a person and met a lot of his friends who now work with him.
 

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Likewise for me. I won't tell what I studied, where, and whatever though. Back then I was thinking of changing course but I just couldn't let go of my friends. That was the most likeable stage of my life and I had real friends. They say high school is the best but I say college is the one. That was the time I could go to places with them to watch some musical/band shows for example.

In my situation, it wasn't quite worth it specifically financially, if I could go back I would just take a one or two-year technical course instead of a degree which would really be practical for daily life as right now I am technically "retired" due to health problems at a young age. After graduating HS and during my college tenure I did not know what I really wanted so I took something close to my father's field. School was very tough. Again if I could go back I would still take one closer to his field but vocational/technical would do. I would really love to go back to see and talk to him again.

If you are a degree holder, it is a very powerful achievement. You could be hired quite easily because of it especially in other countries. So it could be a valuable asset when the time comes, who knows.

Anyway I wouldn't recommend to anyone to control their children what to take in college, my parents allowed us to decide for ourselves.
 

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Recent graduate from the UK, so while I have "student debt", it's more of a graduate tax. I've thought about this and mine was absolutely worth it, both personally and professionally. I graduated in mathematics and *shock* I'm in an academic role as a mathematician. I really enjoy the work and really want to continue in academia so for me the degree was the only way in.
 

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I chose nursing so yeah, my brother chose politics and he runs a football magazine called Mundial. He's very clear that whilst the 'degree' is a waste, his time at University was not as he changed as a person and met a lot of his friends who now work with him.
I'm basically in the same boat. My college degree has done almost nothing for me. But the on campus jobs I had during college helped lead me to the path I'm on now and one thing has led to another. I'm working in my field paying my bills with little to no issues, but it wouldn't have mattered if I finished college or not because they never cared that I had my degree to begin with.

I'm thankful for college because of the person it made me into. I can't help but be thankful that I didn't go into the working world as the person I was before I went to college, because I'm not sure I would have made it. I learned a lot of valuable life lessons in college, even if some of them were harsh, and I wouldn't be where I'm at now had it not been for those experiences I went through.
 

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Well worth it. My degree means I can walk into thousands of high paid jobs other people have little shot at. My degree has nothing to do with the work I do but "1st class honours" from Cambridge University is basically writing your own ticket to success in the UK tbh.
Smart guy. What course did you do? Is it true you have to wear a gown to your exams?

I do engineering at Warwick. I agree with your comments above.
 

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Smart guy. What course did you do?
Literally the most useless degree you could take, Philosophy with English Literature. :lol

Didn't really matter as much as just getting a high-scoring degree at one of the top 2 Universities in the country in all honesty. Simply having that piece of paper gets me through a lot of doors, combined with the associations I made whilst I was there it gives a huge advantage in the business world (and elsewhere, in my youth before I went corporate I was able to get a leg up into the music industry especially as a session player because I went to University with somebody who's father was a big time executive at a major label.) The biggest advantage I gained from University was my person network. I went to Uni with people who are actual upper class nobility or from wealthy and powerful families, again, it just opens a lot of doors.

Bret “Hitman” Hart;76085520 said:
Is it true you have to wear a gown to your exams?
It's "academic dress" and it consists of more than a gown and it's not for exams actually. It's for "halls" (basically dinners held withing the College you attend - I was at King's College) especially "formal hall" which is a super posh version. It also depends on the College, some you'll have halls every night for dinner and wear it a lot, these tend to be the more traditional Colleges that are often the ones attended by the majority of nobility and upper-upper-middle class students. You also have to wear a tux with it and in super formal things like graduating or matriculation you wear a hood and other additions too depending on your degree (or multiple degrees) and which College you're from. My College was one of the "cooler" Colleges that wore it very rarely and only really for official ceremony shit or Formal Hall once or twice a month. Some Colleges you have to wear the full regalia to even speak to the Dean or other senior faculty members. It's weird because Cambridge (and Oxford too) is actually a collection of different Colleges each with their own traditions and cultures that all function under the same University banner. I understand it's a lot different from most other Universities in the UK too as most students live on the University grounds in Dorms for their entire time there with almost no private renting and food is often provided too. My college had 2 bars and an underground small "night club" right in the College building itself. It's a strange world to enter as a working class lad from a council estate. :lol

This is the College I went to if you're interested.

 
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Personally I think that with a proper education, you are more likely to become financially stable in the long run. Education can equip a person with better life skills and improves an individual's quality of life. I know that students have a lot of paper works and exams but it teaches us how to overcome all obstacles. I remember that time when I had to use essay help to write my essays on time and I couldn't sleep before examps. But I totally support college education because of its numerous benefits.
 

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Not at all. I have a Bachelor's degree in Production Engineering and I feel I wasted 4 years for it. Primarily, it has to do with the shitty, 30 years out of date curriculum and the lack of value and skill addition. Worked for a bit in a multinational IT Company after completing the degree since I was a bit into coding and now I'm switching to go for an MBA next year.
 

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I went to community college in the UK in the 90s aged 16 to 18. £10 a year for the course plus £45 for the books.

Still a rip-off since I immediately switched career trajectory upon leaving.
 

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It's more of a stepping stone for me since in my country undergraduate degree has become the norm so most high-end jobs requires at least a master's degree.
 

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Nope, it wasn't worth it. I have a diploma in Information & Library Studies and it's fucking useless fpalm Libraries where I live hardly hire, cos all the people who work in them are ancient and refuse to retire (one guy in a library near where I used to live had been working there since before I was born), and the jobs that do come up are snapped up quickly and I never have a chance.

I wish I'd done something different at university like law (I took Legal Studies at high school and was top of my class) or something computer related. I now work in data entry cos my diploma just doesn't help and I can't find a job in that field. The Business Administration certification I got from a free course I did is more helpful and useful than it lol.
 
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Never finished college but started working with what would be considered a trade, 10 years later I bring home more than what most friends bring home before they have to pay their student loans. For me it’s worked out that I didn’t need to go
 

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What else can you do? Not everyone is smart enough to be a successful businessman. Maybe you won't be a millionaire but at least it's a guarantee (not necessarily) at your hand to have a respectable job or even travel and work in another country. I have a Bachelor of Architecture and I've been working my ass off 10 hours a day for a company for 3 years and let me tell you the salary is literally nothing. So as of right now I feel like I've studied 5 years for nothing but I'm sure I'll get a better job with a better salary or maybe start my own business in the next few years, so in the long run I think it's worth it.
 
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