As a recent graduate from a local community college and a full time job searcher I am completely qualified to explain what degree you don’t need. I have invested three years of my life to my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Yes I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration hanging on my wall collecting dust, right beside my shelf that holds up my empty wallet. When I first went to college I was told by most of my peers and former teachers that earning any degree would be an accomplishment and I will have a much higher earning potential throughout the course of my career. While this might still be true, finding a job that pays over $10.00 an hour is nearly impossible. All the jobs you want, you are either underqualified for or you don’t have the experience that is needed to make you a candidate. I have gone to over fifteen interviews over the course of three months. Any job that I have been offered has been close to minimum wage and/or commission. I want you readers to bypass the struggle I have had by taking action.
I have noticed that most of the candidates I have ran against either have a ton of experience within the given area of the job or they have a Bachelors or Master’s degree. It is very frustrating when asked, “You only have an Associate’s Degree correct?” Of course it doesn’t hurt that I have an Associate’s Degree when applying for a job however I feel as if it doesn’t put me ahead of other candidates either. My advice to you is to not try and obtain an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. If Business is truly your strong suit and you have a designated avenue that you want to pursue, spend the extra time to get your Master’s Degree! Yes, a Master’s Degree. In a few years people with their Bachelor’s Degree will be in the same situation I am in because Associate’s Degrees are becoming less desirable and students are now going for their Bachelor’s. Therefore I am telling you, if you truly want to be successful and you want to be one step ahead academically, obtain your Master’s Degree.