Do you work in the field that you studied in college?

@spcbrass (1192)
United States
December 1, 2006 12:40pm CST
So you spent thousands of dollars on your college education. Are you working right now in the field that you studied or have you taken a different career path? Tell us how you were successful in beginning your career right out of college or why you changed.
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@crosschk (822)
• United States
1 Dec 06
funny story to that. I didnt go to college right out of high school. I started working 6 months after high school and I've been with the same compnay for about 18 years now. I've been in the computer field for over 10 years and all of it has been on the job training. This summer I sarted working on my BS and hte courses I'm taking are stuff I'e been working on for a long time so it should be easy to get by.
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@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
In your field I can see where on the job training is much more important. The computer fields literally can change with every day. The continuing education occurs more on the job then it does in a classroom. The only thing you have to do every year is renew your certifications.
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@crosschk (822)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I never even bother with those. After my degree is done. I'll start doing that. Hey, I'm only 35
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@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Wouldn't that increase your earnings in the short term? Or does it really only increase them after you get the degree?
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I quit college after 2 years to get married. I had majored in music. I had 2 kids and life went on. I began working as a cake decorator. 18 years later, I decided I wanted to go back and finish my bachelor's degree just so I could say that I did. But, I'm still a cake decorator!
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I went to school for music also, but it's awful hard to pay the bills when you try to survive as a musician!
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@udayhase (173)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Considering I'm about to Go to college, I suppose I don't exactly merit a place in this discussion, but I'd just like to say that first of all, thank you for this discussion, it's something I'd like to hear myself and never thought of. I'd also like to second the above opinion that no education is ever wasted. At least, I'd like to believe that....
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Education will never be wasted. Even the other classes that I took can be applied to some things in my life. And of course many of my other college antics make for great stories!
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@Janus7602 (143)
• United States
1 Dec 06
No, I realized that I enjoyed what I studied but when I got out in the world, I found it was not what I wanted to do nor did I enjoy it. No education is ever wasted, I find that from time to time that I use what I studied in one form or another. I find that I work better and more effectively when I enjoy what I am doing.
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@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think that fits the majority of people who did graduate from college. Neither my girlfriend or myself work in the fields that we studied in college. I finally finished paying for my education two years ago and she is still paying for hers.
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@vikceo (1301)
• India
3 Jan 07
yes i did my studies in computer science and now i am working as an application engineer with a big name in IT industry. yes my life was quite blurred when i started looking for a job and i really had to hit hard to get my job. but now things are rocking. what about you?
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I sstudied music, but I play now for fun and relaxation rather then money. When the opportunity comes to make money playing I don't miss it, but for the most part those opportunities are few and far between. Right now I am trying to make it as a freelance writer. It still allows me to use my creative talents and make enough money to get by.
@pusibaba (1010)
• India
1 Dec 06
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Here too. Welcome to negative ratings.
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@kishthedude (1321)
• India
1 Dec 06
yesssssssssss
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Yes folks another detailed answer to a good question.
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