I was talking to a friend the other day, and he said something about college not meaning anything cuz he never got into the field he majored in. Well, first of all that’s a pile a crap. Just HAVING a degree alone opens up your entire future! I don’t care if you “use your degree” or not – it’s still 100% worth it.
But, that aside, it did make me wonder how many of us DO in fact use those skills we majored in? Are any of you in the exact same field you studied in back in the good ol’ days?
I sent out a tweet/facebook post to help with my curiosity, and here’s what I got back:
- Bill Davis Never!
- Alex Proaps Yep. I use mine every day. :) And I will use the next two degrees for sure. But it just depends on your field.
- @MoodyGenius: nope!
- @jerrets: Nope. Not even close. But then again, I didn’t have much of a major in college.
- @DrDeanBurke: Yes, daily!!!
- @BundleHQ: Anthropology? Methinks not.
- @BostonKate: I use mine! I love it and consider myself lucky :)
- @jhspoljunkie: I use mine every day. But my degree is in school counseling and that is what I do. Srsly thinking abt an MPA tho.
- @Nunzio_Bruno: i totally use mine! my undergrad in econ/fin, masters in fin. planning :) now all i need is a phd and ill have the whole set
- @Tigpan: finally using mine too -8 yrs
- @TheLThomsen: as a mom, I use time mgmt, calendar mgmt, self-motivating & prioritizing skills learned in college. But degree? No.
- @beatingbroke: Define “use”. Was it required for my position? yes. Is my work related? yes. Wouldn’t say I really use any the info tho
- @ACCIDENTALChic: Yes, but thinking of venturing to another field that won’t use it. And I kinda feel guilty about it since i paid so much $
- doctor_s: nope. neither of em
- @Sisarina: yep. I was an Organizational Communication major – advertising, marketing, PR. Use it every day. :)
So in this super official poll I conducted, it seems that about 66% of you DO in fact use your major! For some reason I thought it would be a lot less… like maybe 50%? But probably because I only recently started using mine again!
For the first 7 years after graduation I never touched graphic design, nor marketing (I majored in multimedia design with a minor in advertising). My degree most certainly helped me get the 4+ jobs I did over those years, but Photoshop & Illustrator never came out to play at all professionally – only to build my personal sites & blogs ;)
I did try once to land a print job in NYC, but man talk about competitive! Those guys were KILLER. They breathed design like none other, it was actually quite impressive. So much so that I just stopped trying (it really wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing – which reminds me, I still haven’t blogged about my “new york story,” did I?). So while I learned that the design field wasn’t what I wanted to do when I grew up, I was/am still incredibly happy I stuck through the 4 years to earn that diploma. I honestly wouldn’t be here right now without it!
At the end of the day, a college degree gets you MUCH closer to success than without it. If you can use those skills you majored in – and you enjoy it – great! But either way you’re positioning yourself for greatness. And right now greatness is where it’s at ;)
(Great shirt caught by moacirpdsp)