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Three associate's? - March 12th 2016, 03:51 PM

So I have two associates degrees, and I want to go for a third. You may have remembered my wanting to go for social work I've changed my mind.

I have a question though, my academic advisor at my local community college told me that three associate's degrees didn't look good on a resume. Do you think that's true? He's making me kind of hesitant on going back for a third. I mean, it sort of ties in with paralegal, it's internet and interactive digital media. I thought I would do something that I would enjoy rather than something I'm not sure about.
   
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Re: Three associate's? - March 12th 2016, 05:33 PM

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I'm not sure if it LOOKS bad exactly, but I'm also unsure of how useful that would be. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to go for a Bachelor's degree instead of a third AA?


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Re: Three associate's? - March 12th 2016, 05:56 PM

I cannot afford a bachelor's degree. :/ at this community college I go for free. Can't beat that!
   
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Re: Three associate's? - March 12th 2016, 06:11 PM

Well, check with your state and with the local universities/colleges. There might be grant or scholarship programs you're not aware of


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Re: Three associate's? - March 12th 2016, 06:13 PM

I agree with Chris, I think it's less of an issue of how it looks and more of how useful it is. Most jobs that look for degrees want at least a bachelor's unless it's a field where the standard is an AAS like medical assisting. In most cases an associates degree won't qualify you to do much. I guess in theory, it could also make you seem indecisive or even irresponsible, since you would have three 2-year degrees in different things as opposed to one or two 4-year degrees, especially if they aren't clearly related, either to each other, or the jobs you're looking for. Maybe it would be better to wait and make a clear decision, or go for a related bachelors.


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Re: Three associate's? - March 12th 2016, 10:55 PM

I agree with the others. Submit your FAFSA and apply for scholarships, and consider pursuing a BSW instead! You can do two years at that community college and transfer, but a BSW is a ton more useful than an AA in social work (or three AAs)


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Re: Three associate's? - March 13th 2016, 12:01 AM

I think you need to go with something that you can afford. If you can't afford to get a BA there are alternatives. A lot of people think that getting a degree is a sure fire way to get a good job but sometimes working your way up in a career is useful. Basically, there are so many people out getting degrees that there aren't enough jobs to fill them. That's why there are a lot of people who get out of school and are still working in jobs that don't pertain to the major.


It might help if you get your next AA degree in a specialized field. Like, my boyfriend is getting his AS in computer networking. A specialized field might help.

And, my opinion isn't the popular opinion but I know a number of people who have worked their way up in jobs.


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Re: Three associate's? - March 13th 2016, 03:08 PM

I don't think the issue is multiple degrees. I mean, only an idiot would think that were bad. I already have 2 (a BA and a certificate) and I plan to get a third (a masters) plus a number of stand alone courses in creative writing and medical terminology and I think that only a fool would say that my constant acquisition of education is "bad", even when it is seemingly unrelated on paper.

That said, I'm not quite sure what an associates degree is versus a college diploma. In Canada, most 2 year programs are college courses (e.g. nursing, paramedic, welding, film, social work, electrician, marketing etc) and most 4 year programs are BA's (sociology, psychology, English, economics, communications) BSc's (psychology, biology, chemistry, math) BBA's (economics, finance, accounting, marketing) BFA (art things, like painting or photography), BMus (music..) BEng (engineering) and BN (bachelor of Nursing), the list goes on, but in Canada it's much more clearly divided.

My point is that I am not quite sure I fully understand why an associates degree would be considered to be lesser and/or unemployable becaue a diploma here (e.g. welding) is just as employable as a BA (e.g. sociology) because you'd get hired in different areas, it's just that you'd be considered more intellectual for having a sociology degree vs. welding diploma (but some college courses are super theoretical!) and, in the long run, people with 4 year BA's have a higher earning potential (e.g. I'll most likely get paid more than my friend who only got a 2 year diploma)




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Re: Three associate's? - March 13th 2016, 03:15 PM

I'm going for a third associates. I need something I enjoy. It doesn't matter to me if I have to start an entry level job in retail or something like that, I have experience in that. And who knows, maybe I'll get a career in website design. I don't care what that advisor says, I'm going for it.
   
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Re: Three associate's? - March 13th 2016, 06:55 PM

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I'm going for a third associates. I need something I enjoy. It doesn't matter to me if I have to start an entry level job in retail or something like that, I have experience in that. And who knows, maybe I'll get a career in website design. I don't care what that advisor says, I'm going for it.
Google some of the things you'd need to get into Web design. Would an AA suffice or would you need a BA? Look at if there are certificates or something you'd need. I know for my boyfriends degree the main thing he's going to need is a certificate and the degree he is getting is going to prepare him for that test.


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Re: Three associate's? - March 15th 2016, 03:19 AM

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I'm going for a third associates. I need something I enjoy. It doesn't matter to me if I have to start an entry level job in retail or something like that, I have experience in that. And who knows, maybe I'll get a career in website design. I don't care what that advisor says, I'm going for it.
Ultimately, it is ourselves that we have to answer to if things don't work out well.

You seem like you are pretty set on doing this, so I don't think anyone here can change your mind.

It's good that you have thought it through and are not going into this with possibly unrealistic expectations. But I hope it works out the way you want it to.

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Re: Three associate's? - March 18th 2016, 09:05 PM

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I cannot afford a bachelor's degree. :/ at this community college I go for free. Can't beat that!
Have you looked into scholarships, financial aid, etc.? Getting a bachelors is likely worth your time, and money. You may need to take on some loan in the mean time. However, as long as you're enrolled at least part time in courses, you don't pay anything. After the fact is a different story.

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I'm going for a third associates. I need something I enjoy. It doesn't matter to me if I have to start an entry level job in retail or something like that, I have experience in that. And who knows, maybe I'll get a career in website design. I don't care what that advisor says, I'm going for it.
Web design is hardly a career unless you plan on starting your own business. Web development is what's marketable, and typically you'll need to attend a boot camp, or have a bachelors if you want to land a salaried job with benefits. Another associates isn't likely to land you anywhere. You also need to take into consideration the ethical ramifications of "free" college for a third associates.

Good luck with whatever you do, but I err on the side of your counselor. Another associates isn't going to make you any happier. Get a bachelors. There's plenty of help out there to make it more affordable. I am going to college at 27 years old and no job. I'm not paying anything for school. I live on my own, and have expenses any other adult would.


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Re: Three associate's? - March 19th 2016, 04:40 AM

He is right. It might not look good on a resume to have 3 associate's. It might look like you just want to stay in school and don't know what you want to do. It raises questions. A third associate's in 6 years basically says "I completely wasted my time and money getting the first two". It also indicates that for some reason or another, you were reluctant to go to a university. There are worse things that you can put on a resume, so it isn't necessarily a deal breaker, but it doesn't look good. It costs less than a bachelor's, but you aren't getting much in return for your third associate's. A degree in a field (especially only an associates) doesn't guarantee a job in any similar field. What helps get a job is just having a degree (for the most part). You have 2 associate's already, so the "have more than a high school degree" box is already checked off.

Most jobs want people with 4 year degrees anyways. They either ask for that or just a high school degree/GED. Another AA degree isn't going to boost your chances of getting a satisfying job. A Bachelor's might though- and its worth considering.

Repeat degrees are frowned upon by colleges and employers. I was considering going back for a second Bachelor's degree - and almost applied, but some universities wouldn't allow second Bachelor's , while others made you write an essay detailing why you want to get a second Bachelor's instead of a Master's or PhD. There is almost a stigma to getting repeats of the same type of degree. Employers probably have a similar attitude toward a third associate's. Don't go back for a degree that will only make you look like a career student.
   
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Re: Three associate's? - March 29th 2016, 12:17 PM

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