Did it pay off for you?

@pookie92 (1714)
United States
December 13, 2006 10:47am CST
Do you have a college degree and if you do, what job are you working at right now. Did your degree pay off with a high paying job when you were done? I am just wondering, my mother and father got divorced when I was 2 years into high school. Dad cleaned out all the accounts and we were left with nothing. We lived in a one room cabin for 6 months until we got back on our feet. There was no money for college. I was devestated, as I was an honor student, and wanted to attend law school. Make me jealous, tell me how well you are doing.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I seriously doubt I can make you jealous. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. Right out of college, my husband found a job, but there was no job in the area for me. So I got a job in a factory personnel office and stayed there for 14 years making more money than I would have made as a teacher. Then I stayed home a few years with my own kids. As they grew, I got a part time job as a preschool teacher for minimum wage. When my kids moved up to high school, I got a job there as a paraprofessional and earned less than $10,000 a year. I stayed there 8 years. Finally, after all this time, I got a teaching job 800 miles from home -- and I hated it. Teaching does not pay a lot as far as professions go, and the work load was overwhelming. So were the expectations placed on a teacher. So now I've moved back to my home state and doing whatever I can find to do on the internet. Success story, huh!
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I always look foreward to your posts. You are more like me than you know. Thanks for being here. I really could have done better for myself. I rebelled and moved to Florida for 5 years. I had fun and partied, then moved back home. I held jobs in offices but met my hubby and had three kids, I don't work now. I don't have to, so I am lucky.
@otshock (273)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Metal Hedz Store - This is a shot inside the store.
I went to college after 11 years of being a stay-at-home mom. I got a job right out of school making $10 an hour. I lost that job after 1 year, because the women I worked with didn't like me and kept saying I was too slow and made too many mistakes, even though that wasn't true. I got unemployment and hunted for another job constantly. I had a bunch of interviews, but never got hired. I believe my old boss talked bad about me. So, after the unemployment ran out and I still had no job, I started researching ways to work from home. I found a great mlm company with awesome products and started making money again. Then my Husband lost his job and we opened a retail music store. (I sell my products in their, too.) So, no my college education was a waste of time and money. I'm not doing anything that it helped me with. I work at our store and continue to work my own business, too.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I like the name of your store. Everything worked out well for you anyhow, without any benefit from college. We are self employed, graduated from the school of hard knocks.
@otshock (273)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Yes. I have to say that I'm much happier working for myself. I enjoy going to work, and it's less than a mile from my house. I just wish I didn't have that darn student loan to pay off - for nothing! Oh, well. Another lesson learned?
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Oh no! Not another student loan!!!
@Dawn16 (12)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend college. To answer your question, I work for the government, doing a multitude of different job duties. However, it is not a high paying job. But, very secure, with good benefits. For me, that is the most important thing. It is sad, that your Dad left you, during high school. My parents divorced when I was six, and had no college savings for me. By going to the junior college, I was able to pay, as I went along. However, the university changed that. I incurred a lot of debt, with student loans. It was worth it for me. Remember, it is never too late. It sounds, like you are very gifted. There are many people who don't even work in the same field as their major. I am one of those. But, if you want to go to school enough, there are always scholarships, grants, and loans. My friend went to law school and occured lots of debt, but she was able to pay it off quickly. I say follow your dreams
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Thanks for the words of encouragement, you sound like a very successful person. I know I will have my kids looking at scholarships early, unlike my parents who never thought ahead.
• India
15 Dec 06
good thought pookie, best of luck to Ur children, what they r studying now
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
my children are all still in elementary school, they all have college accounts, just for the future education for them
@Athique (154)
• India
14 Dec 06
I do have a college Degree and i am currently pursueing my MASTERS in MBA in correspondence. I work as a Financial Analyst for a company and frankly speaking not happy with my salary i finished my graduation 4 years back since then i have switched over myself into many fields it started from sales and now i am into finance.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Did your degree increase your earnings?
• India
15 Dec 06
definitely will have, bcoz it is a value addition
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
sure, but not always
• United States
28 Dec 06
awww. couldnt you take out a college loan? I did that and i was broke. well i havnet graduated yet. but there awas alot of hype in my college about job placement .. and then when i got there the teachers were tellign us it was a pile of crap. the job placement was horrible ,, not the 98% they promised me. I had a hard time getting a job and i had t ochase the employers every day on the phone. i will find out soon when i graduate if it is any easier to get a job with a degree. good question,. have a good one.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I went to technical school, and they told us the same crap, about how all these businesses would be there to hire us on graduation. What a load of HOOEY. There were 2 jobs offered to 300 students. That money was sorely spent....
@saumya69 (382)
• India
27 Dec 06
yaa it had paid me $11.. what abt u...
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
27 Dec 06
only ELEVEN bucks!!
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
17 Dec 06
Diploma - Education as adult
I left school in Year 11 and started work. I had several good jobs over the next 14 years but then decided to go back for further education. At that time I was a working Mother, but with the support of my husband I did manage it. I was still working through this time and so used to travel about 120kms (one way) twice a week to attend lectures. Eventually I did graduate with a Diploma in Business Studies but it took me several years. During that time I left my then employer and started work for another company, but I still continued with the course. I held that last job for just over 6 years when I resigned to look after my sick husband and our son who needed me there with him as well. I do not regret for one minute any of these decisions that I made. Getting my diploma was an acknowledgement that I could achieve what I really wanted to, but it didn't affect my income in any way. I had a lot of experience and was being paid for my experience rather than for a Diploma I had obtained for my own personal satisfaction. I will admit that there was no way I could have done it without the support and love of my husband, because for those 2 nights as well as when I was studying or doing assignments, he had to take over all responsibility for the household. There is no need to be jealous at all pookie, because you can do it if you decide that you want to further your formal education. Just remember that you cannot do it all at once and sometimes it is better to study part time till everyone in the family gets used to you not being available all the time. :)
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I'm glad you went back to school and got your diploma, it gives one a certain satisfaction of making it to the end. You are great!
• India
15 Dec 06
Yes, college me stand on my own legs. I got a job just after 15 days after college life was over
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Great job, what field did you study
@harsh1985 (594)
• India
15 Dec 06
well taking degree is important. but there are so many ways to earn money.it doesn't depends on your degree.i believe you can earn money in your job or business only when that work likes you very much. so you can make your own ideas and hard work;you get successful.. working in the job which you don't like can be successful even if this job has greater prospect in society
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I agree, having a degree used to determine the paycheck, not so much anymore
• Canada
14 Dec 06
I'd say that yes, my university degree paid off for me, even though I never actually worked in the area in which I got my first degree. Strange, perhaps! :) When potential employers looked at my resumé and saw my degree, they would automatically assume I had a certain competance/intelligence level and treat me as if I were at that level. I personally don't believe you need a piece of paper to prove you are smart, but in this day and age that piece of paper is what many employers still look for. That's my 2 cents! ~Wyrdsister
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
it also proves that you can have a goal and stick with the goal until you achieve it.
• United States
14 Dec 06
I have a master's degree in public policy. I am taking time off to start my family. It is a decision that my husband and I made in the best interest of our family. I plan to begin working outside of the home, when my son starts preschool. In the meantime, I stay on top of developments in HIV policy, my area of expertise. Eventually, I would like to be a consultant and run my own non-profit. So I don't plan on ever making a lot of money, but I know that I would be fully capable of doing so, if that is what I chose.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
that sounds great, do you think you will be able to get back into the market easily after that much time away?
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
Yes I do. But when I graduated no one would hire me since I didn't have any experience for the job I wanted. So, I ended up working in a department store then as a secretary. Then I went back to school again to get another degree which I am using now. I guess you could say that there are times you can find a job that can support you in a lifestyle you wish even without a degree if you just have the patience to search for that job.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
patience is a virute I guess. You just gotta hang on for what you want. Those who get it are the ones who hang on the longest.
@serenetee (380)
• Singapore
14 Dec 06
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Economics) some 14 years ago. I only put it to good use for 8 years and I've been a stay-at-home mum since. Getting a degree does give one a sense of accomplishment and more recognition at work. However, my income drawn was not up to expectation. In fact, it was lower than one without degree but with experience and talent in the, eg., engineering sector. (I'm comparing those in my age group). I guess I did not benefit much from getting a degree other than feeling secretly proud of myself for the perseverance to complete college. If you have the resources, why not sign up for a corresponding degree course that you can study at home to fulfill your dream? Never mind what your age is. Good luck.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
thanks for your honesty, I appreciate your candor
@bhavesh80 (383)
• India
14 Dec 06
Marketing job - Pic shows logo of a marketing job.
Hi, i have an engineering degree and also an internatioanl certification. When i got out of my college with graduate degree, the first job i got was into marketing. I knew dat job was not my cup of tea as it was totlay from a different field but still i wrked hard and did dat job for 6 long mnths at very less pay package. Then i got a job into my industry and today i m travelling to different countries to our company clients and enjoyin the job. But dat marketing job was very tough but still it taught me too much.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I'm glad you finally got something in your field, that is what it is all about
@loise19 (214)
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
i graduated with a degree in economics and psychology and now im the operations and human resource manager of a company. I hve always valued my education bec that is one thing that can never be stolen from you. nowadays, it is so hard to look for a job if u have not finished a degree. U can be a working student, as long as u put your heart and mind to it, no matter how long it takes, its better to finish college or university
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
15 Dec 06
sounds like it's paid off for you, great job
• India
14 Dec 06
i can make u jealous-though i am a full time mom,i take part time lectures.i am a post graduate and doing my Phd.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
14 Dec 06
ok, you're right, I'm jealous! Good for you!
@bacedone (433)
• Italy
14 Dec 06
engieer and I work in semiconductor now!
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
14 Dec 06
engineers, they make a lot of money, how is your job?
@iamrich (88)
• India
14 Dec 06
hey i have done b.tech from iit delhi...and now i m working with infosys...they pay me 8 lakhs per annum...but for that i have to work 7-7 .....its soo difficult.....
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
14 Dec 06
yes, it is hard work no matter if you have a degree or not
• India
14 Dec 06
i hav graduated from a profesional college and my education s getting me my livings now... i m a fashion designer and i m proud of my college and my education
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
14 Dec 06
great job, I'm glad for your success.
@sanell (2114)
• United States
14 Dec 06
hi Pookie, if you were an honor student, how come yu did not apply for any scholarships? Or for a grant? You know you can still do that right? this is for money that you do not have to pay back, and perhaps you could fulfill your dream of going to law school, if I had to do it over tht is what I would have done. I did get my degree, and I did get a job but I really did not get a high paying job until after I got my MBA....but now I work on my own, I do my own home business and right now I am not making a whole lot but I just started, and soon I know that I can make my own destiny as long as I work at it, and you do not need a degree for that!!
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
14 Dec 06
we had the money for college at one time, so I never even thought twice about it. Had we been smart, I would have applied for scholorships and grants, but it was too late by the time I realized there was no money. I am 42, this was a long time ago and scholorships were fewer and harder to get then. I may go back to college, but I'll probably just be self employed and use my wits instead.
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