Do you believe all degrees or diplomas are worth studying and all the HECS?

@kiran1978 (4138)
Australia
February 2, 2008 7:06am CST
I have done two degrees one in Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and another in Teaching (Primary). After my first degree, I tried looking for work in the business area, however I was unsuccessful. So after a year of trying to get into the business/marketing area, I decided to go do my teaching degree. Anyway, I feel like my business degree was a waste of $12 000 in HECS fees and three years studying as it did not find employment in that area. However the teaching degree was very beneficial for me, I have a good job teaching and good pay plus holidays. So that was well worth the year and a half studying and the HECS. What are your views on degrees you have done, has it paid off for you or was it a waste of time and money?
2 responses
@littleowl (7157)
3 Feb 08
hi kiran to be honest i haven't done any degrees myself yet know a lot of people who have and each time most of these people have sought work and some not all have been turned down because and get this one-they are too qualified! it baffles me how can you be too qualified if you have just learnt a job ar done the one you have been qualified for and sought other employment for only to be told that!! in answer to your question on that is unless you need a degree to be a lawyer teacher nurse etc is if you have the general knowledge and firms are willing to train you why have a degree?
@kiran1978 (4138)
• Australia
3 Feb 08
I agree, I think degrees are mainly useful for people that want to be teacher, doctor, lawyer etc. Yeah if firms can train you, why waste all those years studying and paying HECS off the rest of your life. Thanks for your comments.
@Falin76 (35)
3 Feb 08
There is something to be said about qualifications in general. You have probably heard some people say that they are just 'meaningless pieces of paper' and to some extent this can unfortunately prove to be true in many job interview situations. I myself acquired a HND (equiv 2/3 a degree) in computers and while I like to think the HND eventually helped me through the door, my first job was still minimum wage! Presently I am fairly happy in my current job, but none of my colleagues have university educations. More recently I obtained an MCSA (Microsoft certified systems administrator) but that alone will not get me the job of my dreams. To summarise I think qualifications are good for backing up your work experience, but the latter it seems is vastly more important to most job employers.