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Is there ever a point where you get bored of the job you're doing?
Is college worth it even after getting the job you wanted?

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Andrew’s Answer

Great question. I graduated college and started with a company that I am now with 11 years later. If you told me that 11 years ago I would have laughed you out of the room as my goal was always to start my own business. But what happened was very fortunate, I started as an intern just to gain some real world experience in the Financial Analysis department and loved it. All the things required to be good at my job are the things I have always enjoyed doing. So the simple answer to your question is it depends on if you find something you enjoy / are good at. I find I am rarely bored, it is quite the opposite. There are so many things I want/could be involved in that I end up overwhelming and stressing myself. But my point is, if you find a career path the aligns with your interest and skills, you won't be bored (most of the time).

Similar answer to whether or not a college degree is required. Check job postings and descriptions. If the career path that suits your needs and interests regularly requires a bachelor's degree in that field, then you will need one to get your foot in the door. I have found that many of my learnings from business classes were very useful in my career to hit the ground running and be able to speak the same language as very experienced people in the industry. Also, like it or not, if you don't have a degree on paper you aren't going to get any interviews. If you want my opinion, of all the classes I was required to take to get a degree, I probably only needed about 25% of them to be successful at my job. That's the unfortunate reality of our current system. I wish we had a system where it was more "a la cart" to take only what you need for your career but that's just not the way it is.

Finally, I will say there is more value to college than just the education itself. The overall experience of working on teams, exercising the learning muscles in your brain, and learning hard work are all beneficial to your future.

Good luck!
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Brandy’s Answer

I have been with my employer for 18 years and I can absolutely say that I get bored on occasion. I started without a college degree and was ok not continuing my education however, my employer encouraged staff to take advantage of education benefits through the company. After two years I decided to take something basic just to build my resume and help with promotions. I wasn't fully bought in but as my career progressed I thought about it as having a back up plan for my life if anything happened. I completed two degrees and several technical certifications with the help of my employer and have no student debt. My actual degrees are not applicable to my current job and with my current tenure if I were to transition careers then I would actually lose income but it would still be a solid career should I need to change. i will say college is worth it but I am an advocate of working while you go to school especially if you are unsure of what you want to do in life. Also consider employer provided education assistance to avoid piles of debt.
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Catherine’s Answer

I agree! We all get bored from time to time at a job and that is ok. If you are bored for too long, then it is time for a new challenge. This is normal for all professionals and I do not think that having or not having a college degree is what influences this. A college degree opens the door for different type of opportunities, so if you ever get bored on a job, you will have more room to explore something more challenging.
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