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Question On What People With Certain Degrees Do  
User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1866 times:

Ok I am fast approaching graduation with a BBA in accounting. In my recent noticing of more and more people being in college that don't have a damn clue what they are doing there I started to wonder what people with certain degrees actually do. Excluding more school see if you can come up with any ideas of REAL jobs for these people.

Political Science
General Business
Information Systems

I know things like Marketing and Info systems look great on paper, but after the 5 jobs that people all dream about get filled what do the rest of them do? Of the graduated IS majors I know almost all are working as baggers at grocery stores or in bookstores, not doing IS. Pretty much the same story with marketing. As a real insult to the computer crowd, I know someone with an English degree who is actually working in Information Systems, kind of strange.

Why are people studying things with no future? Are they really going to school and making that much of an investment of time and money without thinking the matter through?

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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1855 times:

Well, my little sister just got her BA, going for a masteral in Islamic history plus Arabic a nd Turkish. She figures that, with the current political climate, people, who speak Arabic and Turkish and are knowledgable about the history, politics and culture and who are not muslims and firmly rooted in Western culture, she will get a job as a specialist adviser either for some newspaper / tv news station, government office like foreign department or some company working in the Middle East.


Je Suis Charlie et je suis Ahmet aussi
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1855 times:

It is not that there is a lack of work for recent grads with Info science, marketing, english, or whatever degrees. It is that they have not a clue what to do with them.

While the job market may be soft, the major weakness of higher education in general is that there is little career development/exploration going on. Learning what kinds of work you can do with a given degree and how to find those jobs and market yourself are not easy things to do. I believe most people think that you send out a bunch of resumes and you get a job. In most academic programs you spend the VAST majority of your time learning and studying the material at hand. What most students miss out on is the development of good skills. Being in college lets you develop your writing, reading, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as things like time management. The English major who is working in info systems was probably far better at expressing their abilities and fitness for the job vs. your info science friends.

On the other hand, many recent college grads do not find the prospect of the 9-5 job all that appealing. If the still have some parental support, it is just easier to go wait tables, bag groceries, or work at Best Buy.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1849 times:

My father majored in English back in the day, now he works for a large retail company.

Your degree does not necessarily reflect what you may do as a job. I'm a Psychology major, I may work for the same company as my dad, or I may work for my uncle in his mortgage company, or I may do something different all together. A degree is a degree. Unless you are planning on going to med school- most employers will not care.

Go big or go home
User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1845 times:

I wouldn't call a degree in English something with no future. It can open up opportunities in fields like editing, education, journalism, media, law, publishing, technical writing, etc....

No degree is a "dead end", it's just a matter of how people decide to apply it upon graduation.

User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1904 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1832 times:


well i have a ba in history with a minor in music performance. i push paper around for aircraft financings at a corporate law firm, and i am going to grad school to get a dual masters in landscape architecture/urban design.

now that will be a useful degree. just like in many cases your first job doesnt matter, your degree really doesnt either, unless its a technical discipline of course.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1822 times:

You could always become a school teacher, a college or university lecturer. You could always further your study and do a MPhil and then a PhD...

In the UK, a 1st or 2:1 degree in law is very highly regarded, and it opens up numerous doors to many careers, from the obvious to banking, business, government...

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1820 times:

I'm majoring in Classics, which to many looks like a dead end. However, museums, historical sites, schools, and some other places as well love classics majors. Also, law schools give points for admission based on majors. Engineers usually get the highest number of points, followed by classics majors, so it definitely helps you get into law schools. And now Med schools are starting to accept more people without the run of the mill biology or chemistry degree. Things look good if you don't have a traditional major!

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