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College degree later in life?

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  1. Ranching

    Ranching Well-Known Member

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    I got my degree in Elementary education. I was able to turn that into a Head Football and Athletic Director Job. Hard work matters, so does a little luck!!
     
  2. CowboyStar88

    CowboyStar88 Well-Known Member

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    So going into week 4 and I’m enjoying myself and I’m enjoying the challenge. I am glad I made this decision, so if anyone is thinking about doing I say go for it!
     
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  3. nightrain

    nightrain Since 1971

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    I was 36 when I finished undergrad and 39 when I completed my MBA. Wish I was better motivated out of HS.
     
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  4. darthseinfeld

    darthseinfeld Drunk on Dalton Juice

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    Was 34 when I finished mine. I got a job as an quality assurance auditor when I got out of the Marines. Pay was solid, and I had disability on top of that. The problem was that I got really tired of working with small minded and ignorant people. It got to the point that I couldn't even enjoy my time off. Decided to go back at 31. Thankfully I got my liberal arts degree before I enlisted.

    Financial security is major consideration. However, it can better your life and yourself in many ways outside of that.

    Ill say the biggest is dont rush yourself and overdue your course load. Its alot of work when you are working full time. It took me 3 years to years to finish my bachelors, because I would either bare min full time or part time. Give yourself time and dont wear yourself out
     
  5. CowboyStar88

    CowboyStar88 Well-Known Member

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    This is the stuff that gives me encouragement! I’m enjoy the ride and luckily I’m not in a position to where I have to hold a full time job while doing this. I was up until 2 am studying material for discussion today and I absolutely nailed it. I think that I’m better equipped to handle school now than when I was younger. Priorities have changed and maturity has helped.
     
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  6. CowboyStar88

    CowboyStar88 Well-Known Member

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    That’s odd why is my last reply waiting for moderator approval?
     
  7. darthseinfeld

    darthseinfeld Drunk on Dalton Juice

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    Happened to me as well
     
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  8. CowboyStar88

    CowboyStar88 Well-Known Member

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    That was really strange not sure what happened
     
  9. darthseinfeld

    darthseinfeld Drunk on Dalton Juice

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    It helps alot. I carried a 2.5 GPA when I was 18-19 in JuCo. I just got through the assignments. When I want back I was at 3.7.

    Glad you are enjoying the experience
     
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  10. darthseinfeld

    darthseinfeld Drunk on Dalton Juice

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    Maybe I used a word that gets flagged. Its happened a couple times before
     
  11. CowboyStar88

    CowboyStar88 Well-Known Member

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    Nah I just got flagged in another thread. I think I am being targeted now because I told a certain poster to quit replying to my posts any further. He suggested I ignore him and I told him he wasn’t worth my ignore. After 16 years on this board it looks like I’m gonna have to re-evaluate staying on here. Crazy.
     
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  12. SumGuy

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    Continuing to learn is always a good thing -- whether that be for a degree, certification, or just personal development. Some people get a degree and think that's all they ever need to do to be successful in life. Maybe some get lucky and it works out for them. But I can tell you that for most, the willingness to constantly learn new things is a huge key for their success. I don't think a single year has gone by where I wasn't learning some new topic, technology, concept, or skill (and no, trolling isn't a skill ;)) that pertains to the career path I've chosen.

    Out of curiosity, where did you enroll?
     
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  13. ClappingCarrot

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    I finished my degree at 27, but I'm a little bit more jaded about it than most posting here. My reasoning was that I already had outstanding debt on a degree that I didn't have, so I wanted to finish so that I would at least be paying for something that I owned. It always drove me crazy. Chose Criminal Justice because based on the credits I already had, it was the quickest path.

    I was too immature from the ages of 18-22 to make it happen then. I was more interested in keggers and chasing women. I also valued my (at the time) $14 an hour job more than going to class. I'm lucky though in that I've worked for the same company since I was a junior in high school and have moved into a cushy corporate role now, where I'm actually building real skills and relationships. All afforded to me with hard work and dedication. I would literally be making the same salary today if I didn't have a college degree, but not everyone's situation is the same. The degree did nothing for me but offer me peace of mind, but that's important too.

    Wish you luck regardless.
     
  14. Eddie

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  15. SMASHMOUTH9473

    SMASHMOUTH9473 Well-Known Member

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    I've been in my profession for 25+ years and I promoted up through the ranks due to my work ethic, integrity, dedication and loyalty. For the past 10+ years, the "bean counters" as I call them, decided no one was worthy of being considered for a promotion higher than my rank w/o a college degree.... problem is, Im tired of training my immediate supervisors, teaching them what their job is, seeing them move further up the todem pole....all the while not being considered for the promotion itself b/c I didnt finish my college degree.
     

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