What to do with a worthless degree?
December 7, 2009 7:23 PM Subscribe
What to do and where to go with an admittedly useless degree?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (28 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
After 6 ridiculously long years of going to college, i graduated (2 years ago) with a degree from Portland State in Communication studies. I have tried numerous times at getting employment at the lowest levels of PR and marketing firms both big and small here in Portland. About a year ago, I was told straight up by an interviewer, that my degree, without an incredibly solid internship, was fairly meaningless in their line of work.
At least i know this now, right? I'm fully admit that getting a communications degree was a huge mistake. My personal interests lay closer to design (mostly of the graphic and industrial persuasions) and mechanics. But i'm not nearly versed well enough in those to start a career off them.
I currently work a fairly standard, boring office job, albeit for a "cool" company in Portland. They do not pay well, but we get medical. This job would have been awesome 6 years ago, but with my student loans and other bills, it'd be great to get paid in cash, not paid in "cool" points. This is also a horrendous company to network from and with.
I have no. clue. at. all. on where to go from here...I'm petrified of going back to school to attempt another degree because i can't afford it without more loans, and what if the same thing happens? What if i'm stuck with another degree that is worthless?
Mrs. Anon has suggested finding a job on the state or federal level, but i have no clue how to go about this, or even if it would be a good idea or not. I have no idea what on earth i could do in that context.
I know job hunting in Portland is insane, but we have to stay in Portland for at least 3 years, and will probably be moving to the Northeast after that.
Have at it Mefi. What on earth should i do? What's a guy waist high in school debt supposed to do with a fairly useless degree?
Posted anon, because several people in the company i work with read MeFi. Hit met up at firstname.lastname@example.org if need be.