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How many have turned a useless degree into a career?

 
 
Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 03:42 pm
I have one of those "you want fries with that" degrees and yet I managed to have a 25 year career in public relations, followed by a ten year stint as a children's librarian. My original degree was in English.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 03:48 pm
@mags314772,
Lol!!! Mine was majoring in English and Philosophy...with an honours in English.

I have turned it into a viable career...but only by doing another 4 years of study...so I guess I cheated!!!


Well done, Mags.
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mags314772
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 03:51 pm
that's not a major cheat.
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 03:55 pm
@mags314772,
Actually, I was, and am, very happy with my first degree.

I think they are worth a lot...though no longer monetarily.

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mags314772
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 03:58 pm
My goddaughter is just getting a degree in sociology and I'm wondering what on earth she's going to do with it.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 04:01 pm
When I graduated with my hot degree in Fine Art and Art History (with a focus on the Pre-Raphaelites), I was recruited by brokerages, publishing houses and marketing companies. They all said the same thing - anyone with a liberal arts degree can usually keep a conversation going, write a decent letter and think outside of the box. They could train me in anything else. They were right. What they did teach me became useful when I combined it with my art training to start my garden design company. Not as lucrative as Wall Street, but I sleep well at night.
George
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 04:03 pm
Scholastic Philosophy here.
I'm now a software engineer.
mags314772
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 04:04 pm
@Green Witch,
sounds like you've done fabulously with art history....perhaps there are no "useless" degrees. I have a friend who got a degree in ballet who is working successfuly in education. You are right about the liberal arts.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 04:07 pm
@mags314772,
My wife's BIL studied Spanish and Russian, wrote his PhD about the reception of a certain German author in the USSR .... and is now CEO of the international IT-branch of one of the largest European insurers (and his book is still considered to be THE major work about that subject).
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 04:11 pm
@mags314772,
mags314772 wrote:

My goddaughter is just getting a degree in sociology and I'm wondering what on earth she's going to do with it.


Well, I had dinner the other night with a friend of many years who has managed to turn hers into a decent academic career, with really useful research into birth practices, that is really challenging the medical hierarchy and current practice in Australia.

She's been in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos researching things there, is running several international studies, and may be taking herself off to east Timor, top teach there, when her youngest is through year 12 at the end of next year.

Sociology is a degree that can turn out really useful researchers and policy developers, though parties with them en masse drive me mad.

Sociology was one of the most interesting studies I did as part of my social work degree.
mags314772
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 04:17 pm
@dlowan,
well, my goddaughter is a smart woman, so she may do well. She doesn't have ambitions beyond being a "barista" in a coffee shop right now.
George
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 04:23 pm
@mags314772,
Barista was one of my daughter's first jobs.
Now she's working a a PhD in bio-chem.
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 05:23 pm
@George,
George wrote:
Scholastic Philosophy here.
I'm now a software engineer.


Almost the same. Philosophy of Law here. Now I'm an IT Reporting Analyst.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 05:42 pm
@George,
All the people who did 'dishwashing' or specimen processing in the labs for me turned out swell. One got a phD in biochem from cal tech, one got an m.d./practices in Beverly Hills, one went into tv and newspaper news as anchor and then columnist, and I'm probably forgetting some, ah, yes, another is a dentist, or was last I heard.

I, on the other hand (B.A., bacteriology), didn't go on in school for reasons having to do with life and money until I was thirty, when I took a zillion studio art courses at night for pleasure, and then when I was forty, when I took a zillion landscape architecture courses... well, not really for profit, but for a satisfying work to do.
Land arch turns out to combine landscape art/design and technical aspects, and was something I never heard of when I was twenty-one. I don't regret any of the explorations.


George
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 06:02 pm
@jespah,
Quote:
Philosophy of Law

I had no idea such a degree existed.
George
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 06:03 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:
Land arch turns out to combine landscape art/design and technical aspects, and was something I never heard of when I was twenty-one. I don't regret any of the explorations.

That sounds like such a great thing to do for a living.

msolga
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 06:20 pm
Some of us turned a useless degree into a useless career! Razz
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 07:28 pm
@George,
It is, George, in many ways. I do now realize I didn't really answer the original question, in that I didn't turn that degree into another career, except that I think it was required to have a 4 yr. degree at the time to get into the landarch program.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2008 02:04 am
@George,
George wrote:

Quote:
Philosophy of Law

I had no idea such a degree existed.


I had to take classes of that, when I studied law (and did the same just because of pure and sheer laziness when studying social work).
jespah
 
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2008 05:42 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:
George wrote:
Quote:
Philosophy of Law

I had no idea such a degree existed.


I had to take classes of that, when I studied law (and did the same just because of pure and sheer laziness when studying social work).


BU offered Philosophy concentrations in '83. Law was one; I think Ethics was another and there was a third but I've forgotten what it was. I don't think they offer them any more, it's just straight Philosophy.
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