Hello! Enjoy this post from my friend Martin. I know this situation applies to many out there (the possibility of what you or others may believe to be useless degrees), so hopefully this post can help someone out!
“Why did you waste your time on that degree?”
The most ignorant question in the world. You deserve a smack across the face if you’ve ever asked anyone this. There’s no such thing as a waste of time if you learned a few things and opened your eyes a little. Also, it’s none of your business what someone else studied, unless you of course paid for their full education.
Why would you ask someone this?
The person with the degree doesn’t possess the power to time travel and change things. It’s already too late. They have the degree proudly hanging on the wall. There’s no need to be a ruthless jerk who puts down their friends. The person on the other end will get highly defensive and the argument won’t be pretty.
Why would you ask such an ignorant question?
Sadly, European relatives ask this all of the time. So do friends on Facebook. Most people will ask about why you studied what you did. It’s fairly standard small talk.
Do you need to earn a highly targeted degree?
All stats out the window, the answer is no.
You don’t need to do anything. You can’t force yourself to study a topic that you despise for four years of your life. This never ends well. If you do complete your studies and find work in the field, you won’t be happy because you never wanted to do this in the first place.
Can you imagine working in a field that you despise until you’re 65? That’s at least 40 years. That would be one miserable existence.
While I highly suggest that you study a subject that can open up opportunities for you after college, I also realize that not everyone has life figured out in their teens.
When I had to decide what I wanted to study I was 17. Due to my late birthday, I had to figure everything out at this young. I remember choosing a community college because I had no clue of what else to choose. I started at a community college at 17 and somehow managed to survive. I was completely clueless about why I was even there.
You can’t be expected to have your life figured out in your teens. It’s okay if you don’t study the most specific topic.
How do you use a degree that’s not in demand?
Well, you don’t have to find a work in your specific field. There’s no rule that states you need to work as a Historian just because you studied history.
You don’t have to find work in the exact field that you studied. You have other options, such as:
- Totally changing gears. You can pick up a trade or find work in a totally new field. Some of my friends have become bloggers and front line management.
- Starting your own business. Do you have a business idea in mind?
- Graduate school. My friend went to graduate school since they had high grades and found work in management.
- Using your alumni relations connections. Your alumni department could open your eyes.
- Travel. Have you thought about teaching English abroad?
If your degree isn’t in demand, that’s okay because you can still be in demand. You don’t have to live and die based on your degree. You’re not your degree. You have more to offer this world than the piece of paper that you picked up on stage.
Should you feel guilty about having useless degrees?
There’s no rule that states you must work in the field that you studied. Most of my friends are in completely unrelated fields. I don’t really know anyone that went to directly find work in their specific field. The only friends that are using their degrees 100% are my friends who became teachers and nurses. Those fields are very specific and you can’t get in without the correct credentials.
Everything else can’t be taught.
Do you think there’s a four year program for bloggers like Michelle? Hell no.
Do you think there’s a program that teaches you how to solve problems? Not really.
Is there a college degree that encourages you to take risks? Nope.
College is a wonderful experience. This is your first taste of the following:
- Massive hangovers.
Very little of what you study in college will be used in your real life. I hate to admit this, but I don’t remember anything from the classroom lectures when I look back.
Why did I attend college?
I earned my degree in business so that I could tell people that I got my degree in business. Plus, I was the oldest boy in my family and the first to attend college. Making my parents proud was priceless. Oh, and I didn’t want to get kicked out of the house.
The world’s not going to end because your degree isn’t in the most profitable field. You’re not a failure because you studied something that interested you. It’s your life. You did what you wanted to. If you didn’t study anything specific then that’s okay because you’e not restricted to one field of work. You just need to decide on what you’re going to do next.
Are you using your college degree? Why or why not? Do you have useless college degrees?
The above is a post from Martin of Studenomics, where you can read about financial freedom and not have to worry about missing a party. Martin has just launched, Next Round’s On Me, where he helps you with your financial journey in your 20s.