Do You Have a “Worth­less De­gree”?

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Maybe it’s a run­ning joke among your friends. Or maybe you’ve read sev­eral on­line ar­ti­cles about it. Either way, you prob­a­bly know that cer­tain bach­e­lor’s de­grees are com­monly thought to be “worth­less”.

Some fields just don’t re­quire a de­gree as much as they do plain skills and ex­pe­ri­ence (mu­sic, the­atre arts), which has led some peo­ple to see these de­grees as a waste of re­sources.

Then there are cer­tain de­grees that may seem too gen­eral (his­tory, phi­los­o­phy) to com­pete with spe­cialised de­grees (law, en­gi­neer­ing), and those that are so spe­cialised that there are too few jobs for them (art his­tory, an­thro­pol­ogy).

There are also de­grees that re­quire you to pur­sue fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to work in your favour. For ex­am­ple, you can’t be­come a psy­chol­o­gist even if you have a psy­chol­ogy de­gree – you’ll have to get a doc­toral de­gree for that. You could be a coun­sel­lor or so­cial worker, but if that wasn’t your orig­i­nal plan and you don’t have the means to carry on study­ing, you may find your­self stuck.

As it is, the cost of ed­u­ca­tion is high, so it can be wor­ry­ing that the piece of pa­per you get at the end seems un­needed, or worse, leaves you with a bill you can’t pay off – es­pe­cially since de­grees are meant to in­crease your op­por­tu­ni­ties and earn­ings.

The good news is, a “worth­less” de­gree can open more doors for you than you think. “No de­gree is worth­less, and you should take ac­tion­able steps to­wards your ca­reer goals re­gard­less of your dis­ci­pline [to make the most of it],” says Rasi­dah Mo­hamed Rasid, Se­nior Ca­reer Coach

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