Spin off to "Is college worth it"

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Spin off to "Is college worth it"

Postby Kaiokenryu » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:09 am

if you graduated college....or have put in enough time to have gained adequate knowledge of subject matter......put in your two cents.

i graduated with a bachelors of science in Biology. My minor was Chemistry. I am also ASE Certified as P1 and P2 (Light and Heavy truck dealer parts and Retail Automotive Parts)

I manage an auto parts store. you may think the two have nothing in common....if you don't know about cars.

everyday i educate people on why you can't just mix coolants or how Mass Air Flow sensors work......or how fuel trim is calculated and why O2 sensors are so important to not drive on dead ones.

My customers and coworkers always ask: "why are you here.....you are wasting your time".

I tell them "i just saved someone from causing extreme galvanic corrosion in the block and head of their 70,000 dollar car because i didn't let them buy the wrong coolant.


"now they know why they are going to the pump every two days......they have a lazy O2 sensor and leaks in the intake.

While I am not teaching or in med school......I feel.....some pride in using my education in a slightly unconventional way to help people.....

How do you use yours?

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Postby linuxmachine » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:14 am

Computer science / Business dual major and a minor in psyche

Business and psyche has helped me run some non-profits. Comp Sci got me in the door for the first gig. Other than that, everything I do in the field was learned on site. I'd still go to college if I had to do it all over again. It was a good experience.

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Postby Kaiokenryu » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:17 am

I went to a city based college....I totally missed the "true" college experience by living at home....and it cost me in personal development. I'm much more tame....refined.....and less aggressive than if i had to fend for myself.

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Postby jlam572 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:25 pm

Went to school for nursing and Im a Nurse. The healthcare field is very diverse, especially in regards to RNs. We have a lot of flexibility. I wear dress clothes, have an office, and an annoying Vietnamese assistant lol.
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Postby sakhalin » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:51 pm

Got my Bachelor's in Political Science with an original intention to attend law school. No longer interested in attending law school ($$$ and competition for jobs), and now I work for the government. I get a higher pay than others in my position because I have a Bachelor's Degree. I plan on potentially moving up in different agencies as I gain more experience in my current position. I might go for my Master's someday when the time and $$ allows it.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:34 pm

Uh, I really don't. I have no degree, though I was pursuing a BS in Computer Science but withdrew after over 100 credits to go to work in the real world, because I found that was more meaningful to me. (And hell let's be honest I was sick of being a broke college student).

I had lots of courses in Calculus, political science, history, Spanish, human anatomy, literature, and even a couple in my major if you can believe that, though those were not really relevant because the University gets machines no one else uses and teachers you languages that no one uses (think RISC assembly language - yeah that's a hot item these days!) so in reality, I use little to none of it. But I had the enormous pleasure of dissecting a cat we kept in a bag filled with formeldahyde, leading the geeky professor to make a crack about not letting the cat out of the bag. It seemed to me it was all about memorizing and spitting back things on a test rather than thinking. Now working, it's all about thinking and very little memorizing, though a good memory helps. Except in the weekly status meeting, then not thinking is a huge help, in fact drinking before hand so you can just tune out the noise and not die of boredom would be a huge help. But for solving problems, yeah you gotta think. And you gotta watch for everyone playing their little games and make sure they can't pin the blame on you while boosting themselves, seems most of them are out to do that, it's not personal just the dirty way they like to play it.

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Postby JoDa » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:00 pm

College and grad school were requirements for my job. I had a broad enough education with professors who challenged me enough that I do think it improved my critical thinking skills, as well as my procedure skills (math, facts, analysis, etc.). Do I use a ton of the facts/procedures I learned? No, but that's because of what I do more than anything, and I do miss doing some of it. For example, my advanced math and stats skills are rusty beyond belief, but when I do dust them off, I remember how much I loved doing those things.

Fortunately, with learning my programming stuff, the math and stats may be back in play in the next few years with a job change. I'm actually hoping for that and tuning into some MOOCs to descale those skills so that I can confidently walk into an interview in a few years and say "yep, I can do the math and also program it."

Also, my job pays my loans comfortably. That's a huge consideration these days. You HAVE to make a plan where you have a decent idea how to get a job that pays the degree back. I was not in that boat when I started college, but by my sophomore year was. Again I say, if you're "lost," don't just throw money down the hole. Knocking out gen eds at a CC won't kill you, but spending full-time tuition at a 4-year institution and not knowing where you're headed will. No shame in a "hippie year" to figure out where you're going without digging yourself deeper into debt.
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