What Can I Do With That Degree?

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We have built up the idea of getting a college degree as the complete key to success; yet, we clearly see that simply having a great education and an earned degree isn’t enough to keep you from being an unemployed (or under employed) job-seeker. Vocational colleges, on the other hand, have tooted their horn that students can quickly get in, get the skills needed for a particular career, and get to work.

I’m an advocate of education, and my particular area of interest is career education, having over 12 years of experience in this field. I talk to many adults trying to make decisions about their career, who are in transition, and who wonder should they go back to college for a 4-year degree, or go to a vocational institution and get a new job skill.  There is no one right answer.  Determining which way to go, and WHEN to take which move first requires a series conversations, soul searching, and personal research.  The money and time you are getting ready to invest in “re-tooling” yourself should not be a quick, brash decision. As an adult learner with adult life responsibilities you must  critically listen to college and career institution recruiters, and then do your own research.  You should take time to find the answers for yourself to questions like:

  • What can I REALLY do with that degree?
  • Will that degree be enough, or will I need an advanced or accompanying degree to land a good job?
  • How plenteous are the jobs in this field in my geographical area?
  • What companies in my area look for people with my degree and or skill?
  • Will my degree be enough, or will the employer want me to have other skills as well?
  • What is the future of my industry of choice?
  • Will the jobs I see now still be the same when I’ve finished my studies?

These questions can be daunting, time-consuming, and if not approached with the right attitude, could make a person less motivated to persist.  But, trust me, and the thousands of degreed job-seekers whose student loan payments are eating them alive, getting the strategy upfront is much better than dealing with the crisis afterwards.

My opening question was: What can I do with that degree?  Not looking at degrees such as Business, Marketing, Education, and other job-focused degrees, I want to give you a few resources to check out. The information here is just enough to give you some ideas, but it is in no way enough to say you’ve done your research. Take a look, and leave some feedback if you will.


If you have any insight on the following degrees (undergraduate level preferred) please do share.

Agriculture Anthropology Art History Biology
Chemistry Communications Cultural Studies Creative Writing
Dance English Environmental Studies Fine Arts
Health Science History Human Development Humanities
Human Sexuality Industrial Design Kinesiology Life Science
Linguistics Marine Biology/Science Mass Media Microbiology
Music Natural Science Philosophy Physics
Political Science Public Relations Regenerative Studies Religious Studies
Statistics Telecommunication Systems TESOL Technical Studies
Urban Studies Wildlife Management Women’s Studies Zoology

~ Blessings to you!

Michelle Walker-Wade Workplace Literacy Expert

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy Expert

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