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21. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Evan, a degree just lets me do what I want to do. It doesn't mean you need one to be happy, or successful, or anything of the sort. Even if you want to be a rockstar. The toughest thing is making a decision on what you want to do. The rest is just working away at it.

22. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I agree with that. I'm not sure what the hell my having a degree even means really....

Just because you've done a degree that doesnt define you, does it? I can't say that I'm putting it to any practical use since I graduated really, but it does mean I have a better chance of getting a job than if I didnt have it. It's probably a launchpad for lots of stuff...it certainly doesnt have to limit you to one path in life.

And you definitely dont need one to be happy.

I know, I'm rambling a bit today...

23. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

A degree is only worth something on the CV, after that who cares??

I just started a Diploma course in Media techniques to fulfill my dream of making a movie or documentary...

24. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

A degree definitely helps you get your foot in the door. However, I worked at an agency where half the writers had unversity degrees, and the other half didn't. In the end, experiece, a decent portfolio and a feel for the job were what counted.

25. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I truly believe that you will excel at something that you love and are good at. It's hard not be successful in that situation.

The task is putting your passions to work! :)

26. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

oh dear me
it was just a joke heheh. i just thought it was cool as hell you were commited enough to your goals to be where your at now.
so i hope you didnt take it otherwise
im pro at putting me fut in me mouth, arent i?
mwahahahah

27. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Quoting Pardus

A degree is only worth something on the CV, after that who cares??

I just started a Diploma course in Media techniques to fulfill my dream of making a movie or documentary...

I don't totally agree with that. I kind of half switched fields when I went for my masters. I took some media & art/sci courses. One thing I did notice is the differences in how people think. We engineering types are programmed to think one way. At least to me, most disciplines (medicine, arts, law, commerce, etc.) seem to have their own way of seeing the world. It's absolutely fascinating to me....The diplomas are a sign of what you've gone through. I got to wear a little pinkie ring when I graduated. I can honestly say I've met a number of total strangers all around the world that have the same ring and there's automatically a kind of mutual respect that we give to each other.

Nevertheless, valid point everyone about the value of real life experience. A degree is nice, but I've known a number of people whose skills are top knotch that didn't even graduate highschool.

Evan, I'm just hijacking this thread. It's just interesting to me how people think......

28. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Pardus

A degree is only worth something on the CV, after that who cares??

I have to agree with Q on this one - at least partly speaking.

I attended a (God forbid!) trade school, rather than a college or university. My first real job in my chosen field came about because of my skills and my then-to-be-boss had grown up 50 miles away from my hometown. He felt a bit of sentimentality toward a fellow Minnesotan. (Go fig!) But, my title and salary reflected the fact that I did not have a B.S. (don't go there) behind my name. It took years (and I mean years) of continuing education and hard work to finally reach the same level of employment a degree would have afforded me early on.

You can be dumb as dirt with a degree or smart as a whip without the degree - but the degree will always get your foot in the door more quickly - especially if the experience is equal. I have also found that my lack of degree and my oodles of experience created a very big problem. I lacked the degree but was of a payscale that put me out of the running for numerous jobs. In order to pay me what I was already being paid somewhere else required a degree - period. That's what the job description said so that is what was wanted. I chose to buck the system by not finishing a degree program. I had a point to make. Dumb idea!!!

I also feel I need to put things in perspective too. I was one of a few female employees in a very male-oriented field, at the time. Women were not expected to move above a certain level and most of them settled for that. We also did not have discrimination lawsuits. It was unheard of and a means for dismissal if pursued. Today, things are different and so are the opportunities for those who do not have big, bold letters behind their names. I am only expressing my experiences.

29. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

haah QZ you really did hijack the shit of this thread lol
good hustle

30. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting SeeTheSky

haah QZ you really did hijack the shit of this thread lol
good hustle

He's not called Osama bin Threadjacker for no reason!!!