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What major did you graduate with and what's your job now?

I want to know how common is it to get a job in what you went to school for.
ArishMell · 70-79, M
Graduation was out of my league! I was not clever enough to have gone to university.

Nevertheless my end-of-school examination results were enough for a working life of almost 46 years at modest, shop- or lab- floor levels in various, mechanical and electrical, engineering and science related employment. I'm now retired.

However I did not go to school for my work, as such.

You do not "graduate" from [i]school [/i]here in the UK, nor normally from a further-education college.

You "graduate" only from a Degree, Masters or PhD. The Degree course is mainly for adult students (18+).

Also it is taught within or by a university; you don't "major" in anything but take a cohesive course in [i]a[/i] subject.

By no means all graduates follow careers directly related to their degree subjects, either; for various reasons.

Instead the schools teach a broad range of subjects up to standard school-leaving examinations in them. These plus your interest and aptitude determine your further-education and/or work paths. They aim to give you your widest opportunities as an adult within and outside work, not for any particular career. Though an individual pupil may choose to work extra hard at particular subjects to suit his or her own further-education ambition, for intended career purposes.

If you obtain sufficient marks in those Examinations you can study three (not less, rarely more) subjects from ages 16-18, at "Advanced Level" in your chosen subjects, for entry qualifications to University to study the main of those subjects for a Degree. The three are not "major" (and "minor"?) but are taught equally and the end exam marks in all three, count for your university entrance.


I did take the standard secondary-school level Maths and Physics courses and exams in my early-40s for career reasons; doing so as an evening-class student in a college. It was largely a refresher as I had left school years before, with similar exam passes in Maths and "General Science".

You can of course also study for a Degree in later years - at your expense unless sponsored by an employer - for its own sake or interest, or career development, as a "mature student". A friend who held a Degree anyway from attending university after leaving school, gained his PhD as part of his hobby, in a retirement project!

One way to do that in Britain is the Open University, run by regular universities. It is mainly by correspondence plus some tutorials etc. in various university or college campuses. A work colleague obtained his Degree that way.

I have been puzzled recently by hearing Americans on the radio mention "graduate schools" - do they mean universities or some sort of university outreach scheme using local adult-education colleges?
ArishMell · 70-79, M
@ElwoodBlues Ah, I see! Thankyou!

The UK universities include the range from Bachelor Degree to PhD in the same institutions and premises, and are also research centres.
@ArishMell Just to be completely clear, the same physical degree granting institutions usually offer both bachelor's degree programs and higher degree programs. We just call it "grad school" when you're enrolled in a higher degree program. You can be an undergrad at UCLA or a grad student there. I guess it's just a figure of speech that the higher degree students will say "I'm in grad school at UCLA."
ArishMell · 70-79, M
@ElwoodBlues Thankyou!
MummyKaren72 · 46-50, F
I got a Masters in Engineering, i am now a senior manager in a large engineering firm. 5 years at university, i have been with the same company for 25 years now.
I studied Software Engineering. Got my degree in 1988.
Been working in the field ever since.
Good luck 👍🏻
AlienFox · F
Agricultural Science. I grow weed.
Menetics · 22-25, F
@AlienFox That’s interesting :o
LittleBallOfFire · 22-25, F
@AlienFox that's iconic
OldBrit · 61-69, M
I left school at 18 and became a trainee computer programmer on a three year training course with a local firm (today it would be called an apprenticeship but in the early 1980s that seemed a word rarely used).

I completed the course with an hnd with distinctions. Equivalent to a level 5 (foundation degree) today. I continued to work for the company that trained me as a software engineer.

I moved company 6 times after that and swapped sectors a bit too, defence, publishing, financial services, financial regulation, pharmaceutical r&d and finally higher education.

Always in work until I took early retirement on health grounds at 57.
Sazzio · 31-35, M
Never went uni, failed school now am in a factory (second job security)... KIDS! get a good education.

Whilst we're on the topic if you must work in a factory (UK), AVOID INDIAN RUN FACTORIES!! Nobody is in charge and the "Supervisors" will want you out as soon as u enter. IDK about Pakistani/ muslim or Hindu run factory. Punjabis are the WORST and they will bully and intimidate you... "Can you work 2pm to 10pm today and 6am tomorrow " Is literally just tip of the iceberg. Overtime, overloaded with work, you DK who's in charge, everybody giving you orders, minimum wage (white ran will pay you more)!

I can blab on but... not the right place.
spjennifer · 56-60, T
First degree was Aerospace Engineering with a BEng and worked a couple of years at that before joining the Army as a Medic in 1980. After GW1 I went and got my Nursing degree and joined the USAF as a ParaRescue Jumper and went on to get my Masters in Nursing. Retired from USAF after 35 years and now work as a Nursing Director in a mid-sized Hospital since 2015. The days where you would get a career in your Major and spend your entire working life at it are long gone. Find something you're good at and find a job you're going to enjoy doing, that's what matters most.
NerdySoph · 26-30, F
Computer science - Unicaf .
Work as a systems architect for storage solutions in a hell company :D
djjohnson · 41-45, M
Got my degree in behavioral science. I work in IT. haha
It just depends on how useful your degree is and what opportunities are around when you are looking. My wife uses her degree and I don't.
ssholes · 31-35
Just look at what jobs are getting salary on average in your area or your nation or wherever you want to be and see if the jobs you're interested are growing in demanded or shrinking in demand.

Because how much they pay will show you have common it is to get a job, as if there are too many of them, companies will start paying less.

And the ones they don't have enough of, they'll start paying more.

Follow that money!
Menetics · 22-25, F
Accounting and Finance. I worked and currently working at a family friend’s company.
Livingwell · 61-69, M
Electrical engineering. I just retired after 45 yrs.
Art for the first degree.
Literature and creative writing for the second.
I taught for a long time - among other things.
These days I'm retired.

If I could have my time over I'd have majored in psychology,
taken up counselling as work,
and chosen art, lit and writing as secondaries and hobbies.
LittleBallOfFire · 22-25, F
@hartfire did you like teaching
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hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
Engineering then theology. Not really using either TBH.
GabbySA8 · 18-21, F
Nursing major, will becomd sn RN
Scoping. (It’s like court reporters’ proofreaders)
And I currently freelance edit and transcribe. My last job was editing a book of poems, and before that one was editing captions for a foreign show.
I majored in physics and worked as a software engineer, but in technical fields (such as robotics) where a basic understanding of physics was very useful.
Skippyskiptic · 41-45, M
I went to school for theater, now I'm a branch manager for a pest control company
RedBaron · M
History. But later I went for my MBA and yada, yada, yada, now I’m a tax accountant.
JPWhoo · 36-40, MVIP
I majored in English. Now I pick children’s books in a warehouse.
Raaii · 18-21, F
graduated from physics and now I've no permanent job
I graduated with a degree in studio art. I'm now retired.
Patriot96 · 56-60, C
BA, MBA, BSN. Using the nursing degree
wretch · M
Comp sci and math, I do systems admin.
Computers Science

IT Consultant.
Education, and initially I was a teacher. Several of us were laid off, and I found a job with a large company. Eventually I did resume teaching—as an instructor for the company’s sales staff. I did that until retirement.
MonaMartinez86 · 36-40, F
I withdrew from everything I studied in college because I was too scared now I’m on disability pension doing nothing at the moment
uncalled4 · 56-60, M
Communications/Streaming TV
empanadas · 31-35, M
Criminal Justice and economics.

Business owner luckily

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