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B.A. in Sociology Leads to End Road

 
 
Reply Sat 8 Aug, 2009 11:39 am
I earned my B.A. in Sociology in 1994. Since then, I have not been able to land a decent paying job. I am now working as a security guard. I have to be honest, though. I selected sociology as a major for the wrong reason ( needed a quick route out of college). My passion is not sociology but mathematics.

I totally dislike the jobs connected to sociology (social worker, welfare case worker, counselor, etc). What has your B.A. in Sociology done for you in terms of career? I greatly doubt that my B.A. will do anything for me today considering that I am 44 years old. What are your thoughts?
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MagiAwen
 
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Reply Sat 8 Aug, 2009 11:43 am
@nycfunction,
So...you're 44....so? Follow your passion...do what you need to get into the field you want to. You aren't dead yet Very Happy
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 8 Aug, 2009 01:05 pm
@MagiAwen,
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You aren't dead yet


You're assuming a lot there, Magi. Have you read some of the other posts by this guy?
BillRM
 
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Reply Sat 8 Aug, 2009 01:29 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Shame on you Merry Andrew yes he does not share my world view either to say the least but your comment come near to kicking a man on the ground.
Not nice.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 8 Aug, 2009 03:25 pm
@nycfunction,
You've got a B.A. It means you can focus and study. You then had an opportunity to apply that in a meaningful way.

There have been a number of threads over the years here at able2know about how people's career development has wandered all over the place. There weren't many (any?) people working in a field related to their first degree.

Your passion is math - what have you done to allow yourself to pursue employment in an area that would allow you to live that passion?
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 8 Aug, 2009 07:27 pm
@BillRM,
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your comment come near to kicking a man on the ground


No doubt. On the other hand, I've come to the conclusion that perhaps that's what he needs -- a kick in the ass to start him moving instead of whining.
nycfunction
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2009 04:56 pm
@MagiAwen,
MagiAwen wrote:

So...you're 44....so? Follow your passion...do what you need to get into the field you want to. You aren't dead yet Very Happy


I appreciate the positive words. Howver, age is a factor in terms of finding a career. Going back 20 years would certainly help me right now.
nycfunction
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2009 04:57 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:

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You aren't dead yet


You're assuming a lot there, Magi. Have you read some of the other posts by this guy?


What about my posts?
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nycfunction
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2009 04:57 pm
@BillRM,
BillRM wrote:

Shame on you Merry Andrew yes he does not share my world view either to say the least but your comment come near to kicking a man on the ground.
Not nice.


Thank you Bill.
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nycfunction
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2009 04:58 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

You've got a B.A. It means you can focus and study. You then had an opportunity to apply that in a meaningful way.

There have been a number of threads over the years here at able2know about how people's career development has wandered all over the place. There weren't many (any?) people working in a field related to their first degree.

Your passion is math - what have you done to allow yourself to pursue employment in an area that would allow you to live that passion?


Earning a math degree is a long road. I have to work to pay bills and child support.
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nycfunction
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2009 05:00 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:

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your comment come near to kicking a man on the ground


No doubt. On the other hand, I've come to the conclusion that perhaps that's what he needs -- a kick in the ass to start him moving instead of whining.


I guess you never complain about anything. Perhaps you live in what I call the BRADY BUNCH ARENA, but not me. I live in a real world with real people and real problems that often try to do me in.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 24 Aug, 2009 08:59 am
@nycfunction,
nycfunction wrote:

MagiAwen wrote:

So...you're 44....so? Follow your passion...do what you need to get into the field you want to. You aren't dead yet Very Happy


I appreciate the positive words. Howver, age is a factor in terms of finding a career. Going back 20 years would certainly help me right now.


Well, you can't go back twenty years. You can only go forward. Get yourself out of the past and get moving forward.

In this and the two other threads you started on the same topic (as well as other family related topics) you only seem to have negative thoughts and the woe is me attitude.

None of us has it easy. I am 61 years old and raising three young children due to circumstances beyond our control. We have been doing that for nine years and I lost my good paying job six years ago.

We make do. We do what we have to do and that does not include whining about our plight.

You won't get much sympathy or continued advice if you counter every suggestion and comment with negative comments about how this or that prevents you from doing anything.

If you don't want advice and don't intend to get off your ass and do something positive then maybe you should spend less time starting threads and more time helping yourself and your son.
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