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Old 08-15-07, 08:58 PM   #1
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Do you use your college degree?

I don't.
My wife doesn't.
My Sister doesn't.
My Brother doesn't.
We have them, but have no use for them. A college degree is overated IMHO.
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Old 08-15-07, 09:05 PM   #2
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I majored in online forum participation. So, yes.
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I don't.
My wife doesn't.
My Sister doesn't.
My Brother doesn't.
We have them, but have no use for them. A college degree is overated IMHO.
Do you say that in the same way i say i don't use the math i learned in high school?

There is a little more to a degree then the actual material you learn.
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YES. I use them both (have masters too). I'm a professional musician. Bachelors in music education (used to teach), masters in music performance. I wouldn't have my job or be able to keep it without the training and education I received in college and grad school.
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I use psychology almost every day. That isn't the field I work in, but I do use some of what I learned in college regularly.
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I use the organizational and research skills I learned in college all the time.
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Stayed in the same general field.
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Old 08-15-07, 09:20 PM   #10
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A college degree is overated IMHO.
I assume you are talking about an A.A. or bachelor's degree here. If you assume that such a degree is your key to rewarding gainful employment, or that it will teach you everything you need to know in life, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you look at such degrees as an opportunity to learn something - not everything, but something - about the world and human knolwedge, as a chance to expand your horizons, the test and hone your reasoning, analytical, observational and communication skills, undergraduate college will likely be an incredibly rewarding experience.

In case you can't tell, I'm a big fan of a liberal arts education. Knowing a little bit about a wide range of human endeavors is a real civilizing influence. There is nothing so scary as an exceptionally bright and talented person who has absolutely no perspective outside of their narrow, specialized field. Such folks are inevitably divorced from the larger realities of life that influence even their little corner of the intellectual world and thus render their intelligence and talent moot.

Such folks are a real bore to try to talk with, too.
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if by GED then no
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No...then again I don't have a degree. I found school to broad for my liking and left very early (other reasons to but I don't feel the need to be hateful towards the school system for a change). I have very specific areas I enjoy studying. While not a specialist, I sure didn't need the full range of generalized crap that schools spew in order to "help" you decide what direction you might want to go.

Now...i have been working in technology for 2 decades. Most of my childhood was spent in front of a computer, teenage years in front of a computer and adult years, in front of lots of computers. High school and college computer classes were sorely lacking in my day so I left. Thanks to highschool (and parents being in university at the time) I have a keen interest in history, anthropology and sociology.
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Old 08-15-07, 09:42 PM   #14
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Since I don't drink that much anymore and go out partying even less, most of what I learned at Texas A&M is wasted.
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Old 08-15-07, 09:45 PM   #15
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I don't.
My wife doesn't.
My Sister doesn't.
My Brother doesn't.
We have them, but have no use for them. A college degree is overated IMHO.
But could you all have gotten your current positions without them?

As much as I agree with you, I couldn't have gotten my position without one.
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Old 08-15-07, 09:55 PM   #16
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I got my job using the Degree certificate I printed off the interweb
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Old 08-15-07, 10:08 PM   #17
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Old 08-15-07, 10:13 PM   #18
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There is a medium size hole in the drywall, the degree covers it nicely with a slightly oversize frame. So, yes, I use it.
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I don't.
My wife doesn't.
My Sister doesn't.
My Brother doesn't.
We have them, but have no use for them. A college degree is overated IMHO.
Bet all of your salaries are based, to some degree, on your degrees. Even if it's just the fact that you earned one. In that respect you use them every day!
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Old 08-15-07, 10:22 PM   #21
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Define "use."
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Old 08-15-07, 10:30 PM   #22
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PhD in Materials Science. When I worked in R&D, you basically had to have one in order to get
one of the more advanced positions or if you wanted to do any kind of management (meaning
directing the work of others). There were exceptions, but having a PhD made things easier.

Now I'm teaching college chemistry and also do biotech consulting with a group I started with a
couple of former colleagues from industry. A PhD also helps a great deal. However, the details
of my work are very different than what I pursued for my PhD thesis or the courses I took. These
days I am doing much more with bio/nanotech than I ever thought I would. Much of these (understandably) wasn't covered in my coursework in school. Mostly what the PhD taught me is
developing methodologies for scientific investigation. It was more the process by which to conduct
research etc. than the nature of the work.

More and more I'm seeing the need for people to be flexible in their jobs at least in the sciences.
Some of my college professors who never touched a cell in their life are now doing biotech research
because that's where a lot of the funding is. I've seen similar things within some of the national labs but with other subject areas.

I think at least a bachelors degree is important in a competitive work environment. Down the road a lot of employers (at least in my area) won't care too much about the specific degree or even the grades, but will want to see the fact that someone pursued the degree and finished it.
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Bet all of your salaries are based, to some degree, on your degrees. Even if it's just the fact that you earned one. In that respect you use them every day!
No, I'm a self employed contractor. Customers don't pay me more to remodel their bathroom, or finish their basement because I have a BS in Management. My Wife has been a radio DJ for ten years, her degree in Education has no affect on her salary. My Brother is a Real Estate agent, he earns 3%-6% commision regardless of his degree.
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I have a bachelor's degree in biology.

I started working in virology and microbiology before I graduated, doing research work with a local clinical lab when I was home on my 6 week winter break.
When I was doing that, I got a call from a company I was ordering supplies from (which happened to be based in the town in which I went to college) and they offered me a part time job during my last quarter of classes.
About a week before I graduated, I accepted a full time R&D position with the same company and worked there for 6 years before moving on to bigger and better things.
Now I'm the lead engineer for my department with a company that manufactures autoimmune diagnostic devices.
Not only do I use my degree, but I'm glad that I passed up an opportunity to get my MS in Molecular Biology; because advancing through the merit of my work has brought me far past where I'd be if I stayed with a graduate degree for an additional 3 years.
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University Degree: Civil Engineering.
Job: Civil Engineer.

Answer: yes.
University Degree: Computer Engineering
Job: Software Engineer
Answer: YES

If you don't use your degree, then you shouldn't have majored in Archeology with the minor in Creative Writing. You shoulda known that was a bust.
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