Hi Lianne! I know your question is about degrees, but I wanted to mention that there is a large portion of today's economy where certificates hold a good weight to degrees. Depending on what state you live in, there middle-class, high-wage jobs waiting to be filled by a specific talent pool. Unfortunately, many of these vacancies remain unfilled because people aren't pursuing technical certificates that provide the specialized skills necessary to fill those jobs with qualified employees. I say that not to discourage you from pursuing your degree, but just as food for thought as you follow your dreams. I have three degrees (two bachelors and one masters). If I had to go back and do it all over again, I think I would get my greatest ROI by majoring in something more specialized versus general degrees that require further education. For example, one of my bachelors degrees is in Psychology. While I enjoyed learning about the brain and its relationship with the world and things we do, I would have found more benefit for immediate workforce entry if I had a more specialized major like Nursing or Management Information Systems. I would suggest conducting some labor market research to see what careers and industries have a positive outlook on job growth and expansion. See if those industries align with your skills, talents, and desires and seek a degree in it.
Danielle recommends the following next steps:
- Conduct labor market research for growing industries.
- Seek out paid or unpaid internships for exposure, resume building, and networking.