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People who had “useless” majors are now revealing what they do, and some of it has seriously surprised me

People who had “useless” majors are now revealing what they do, and some of it has seriously surprised me

A while back we wrote a post in which People whose majors others would normally consider “useless” shared what they actually do now for a living. Some of them revealed how their field of study has led them to a career they love and others have expressed regret about their decision. Here are the revealing – and surprising – answers:

1.“I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology with a major in archaeology. I worked off and on in CRM (Customer Relationship Management) for years, but the ridiculous work standards, low pay, and absolutely horrible misogyny finally got me. Now I work as a patient advocate for a healthcare company with a great work environment and better pay.”

“I’m glad I got out of CRM. Archeology is a profession in which less than 50% of the people actually working are women – and half of all female archaeologists eventually leave the profession. That should tell you a lot.

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2.“I graduated two years ago and have a BA in Acting/Theatre. I wish I could say that I work in this field and do what I once loved, but my passion has kind of changed direction. Now I’m in limbo.” … Honestly, it’s a rough place.”

“But I’m young and I’m trying to tell myself I have time to find out.”

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3.“I studied history and English. I thought I would teach high school. I realized that I didn’t want to teach. I’m a manager at an insurance company. I make more money than my friends who teach (and the teachers here make good money).”

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4.“I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal law with a minor in business administration. After graduating in 2007, I ended up working for a major bank for five years (I started right at the start of the recession, and the whole thing was too big to fail (banking fiasco). I then went into entry-level accounting and worked my way up to Accounting Manager. I don’t have a CPA although I started a post bach program to get all the credits I need to take the exam. I don’t hate my job and I’m good at it.

“I should have followed my original college plan and just majored in accounting instead of majoring in criminal justice.”

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5.“I graduated in fashion design from a prestigious private art school that consistently ranks in the top three in the US. I had a great experience and learned so much, but for how expensive the school was, there weren’t many graduates.” Support once you graduate. In fact, they didn’t really want to teach business practices to turn our respective art fields into really lucrative careers because the focus was on creating conceptual art. When I got my first degree, after a few (after doing unpaid) design internships, I had to find a paying job and eventually ended up as a production manager at a handmade leather goods company. Amazing, isn’t it? Except my boss managed it so badly that I ended up being accepted into her parent company. .Sew curtains. My soul died there.

“AFTER YEARS I left there and made the transition to luxury retail where I can at least use my skills as a seamstress. Not the dream job I wanted, but I’m actually making decent money and really enjoying the friendships I’ve made with my incredible husband clients.”

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6.“I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. I work for a payroll company and take care of tax compliance. I have never taken an accounting course. I’m just making sure businesses are registered in CO, IA and AK so they can file and pay state unemployment taxes on any new hire or an employee moving to those states. I’ve been working in payroll accounting since 2013, but for different companies and accounting firms. It has its pros and cons, but I find it fulfilling.”

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7.“I studied history and was interested in archiving. After graduating, I worked for a record label and went back to school to work as a high school teacher. I don’t even teach history. I’m making $70,000 and I’ve just been working for four years. My job is great, but did I foresee this? Hell no.

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8th.“I got my BA in Fine Arts in 2004. I have worked as an executive assistant and meeting scheduler for several corporate vice presidents for over 15 years. I liked the meeting scheduling part, but when the economy got worse and companies had to start budgeting more, I started hating my job. Went back and did another Bachelors in Nursing.”

“You’d be surprised what you’re capable of in life.”

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9.“I studied criminal justice. I started working in advocacy and then started my own criminal justice and gender social enterprise which has won multiple awards over the past three years.”

“I know it could be luck, and I was in the right place at the right time, but I don’t want to discourage criminology and criminal justice students.”

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10“I studied sociocultural anthropology in school and was told by family and friends that I would not succeed. Now I work for a small consulting firm and have done research for clients like Amazon, Samsung, McDonald’s and Hulu.” Markets shift and change all the time. So be open to discovering and trying new things.”

“But The most important thing is that you don’t compare your success to anything other than your own happiness.

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11.“Psychology. I wasn’t told it was ‘useless’ – just that I won’t be rich. I don’t want to be rich. I want to feel good. There’s a lot of stressors in the world that are.” “I won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, so therapy will always be needed.”

“I have a list of mental disorders and I want to help break down the negative stigmas associated with mental health. I just want to give people hope.”

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12.“I majored in Theater and minored in English, with a focus on writing plays. I did an internship in Chicago for a year before taking a $350-a-week job in the production department of a regional musical theater company. I changed departments a few times. I’m now the development manager at the company – aka fundraising – writing grants and making $50,000 with essentially no more opportunity for advancement and no time to work on my personal writing/artwork. The company has taken my life for 10 years. “

“I didn’t mind because I love theater. But I just landed a development job at a local university and made $80,000 with free graduate school and a promise of virtually no commitments outside of work hours. I resigned last Friday. I’m sad to be leaving the field and company I love, but I’m excited for the next chapter. I write my plays and short films for fun, make more money and get free education.”

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13.“I have a BA in Communication and Media Studies. I couldn’t get a job in my specialty and I’ve been out of college since 2019.”

“Anyone want to help a girl? 😂”

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14“I have a BA in Geography with a minor in French from a university my father wanted to go to (I will pay for that for the rest of my life). I’ve had a plethora of different jobs, but mostly roaming East Asia teaching English. A few years ago I moved back to the US (albeit in the opposite part) and went back to school to become a vet assistant.”

“Now I work in a clinic. Hard work, but I enjoy it more than anything I’ve ever done.”

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15“I studied film. Now I work in an industry that doesn’t care about its crews, that encourages assholes and nepotism, and bows to anyone with a little money or fame who thinks they’re a gift from God.” Oh, and I’ll for things.” yelled at, which I have absolutely no control over, is getting at least $15 less than the next lowest paid crew member, and the only way up is to take a job I’m not interested in — that would also mean moving .

“I’m trying to get out of there as soon as I’m financially able to.”

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16“I majored in creative writing. I became a freelance journalist right out of college, but it was really my experience with the student newspaper that prepared me for it. Then I worked in health insurance and felt the degree was mostly worthless (although, I made friends in my various English courses who I’m still friends with now, including my husband, so that’s a big plus!) I am now in the final stages of editing my first novel after years of work on it. “

“I’m scared of the next process of finding an agent to help me publish, but I’m really hopeful. I have to keep reminding myself that I’ve written a book, even if it’s never published.” I’m proud of that. But I dream of seeing it in a bookstore one day.

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17“I got a degree in theater studies. I loved it and it was so much fun, but the only way to make a living as an actor in New Zealand is either to teach or to move to Auckland and try to get a part there.” Shortland Street. I tried teaching acting and was terrible at it. So now I’m going back to college in my mid/late 30s and pursuing a new accounting degree.”

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18“When I applied to college, I had to major and I majored in history. I ended up switching to business administration because I wanted to go into banking and that’s what I’m doing and doing now.” Nine years – love it. Business studies seemed like a good fit for me as the courses I took in accounting, economics and finance prepared me for credit analysis. However, if I could go back and do it all over again, I would have remained a history major and an economics minor.

“That way my major would have been more fun and I would still have taken the accounting, finance and economics courses that would have helped me in my career.”

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19“I studied creative writing and did my masters in religion. Now I work in college administration and I love every minute of it. College taught me how to think and communicate. Those are skills you can take anywhere.”

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20“I majored in social work and now I work in IT and I love it. In social work I would have burned out in no time because I give everything for people and animals in need and I can’t do that.” not care and take their concerns to heart. But now I work with cold numbers and codes that put my heart fully into making sure I can tend to anyone who needs tending.”

“I offer my home as a sanctuary for people and animals to mend and heal and be strong enough to live as best they can. Social work would have killed me.”

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21“I got my BA in English a decade ago with the goal of becoming a junior high school English teacher. I taught English (mostly junior high, but sometimes high school or elementary school) for a few years before realizing that wasn’t the case.” I moved into healthcare four years ago with a goal to become a doctor.”

“I’ve been writing for the past two years and I love it. One can see that.” English degrees are not useless!

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22“I graduated with a degree in art. Thanks to my degree and my experience working as a gym receptionist during school and college vacations, I got a job as a receptionist at a real estate development company. Then, literally two months later, when the Executive Assistant left to go back to school, I was promoted to her position – as I already had a degree and had shown I was capable of the job. I stayed there for a couple of years and with this one role I was able to work in some of the best companies and had the opportunity to travel around the country planning events.”

“It was the ‘graduation’ section on my resume that got me in the door, rather than my major.”

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23“I majored in theater and acting because I loved doing it at the time. I acted a lot when I was younger, but now I’m a psychologist!”

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And finally…

24“I went to school to study fashion merchandising and I tried to stay, but this world is just evil and full of crab-in-a-barrel people. So I dropped out. About 10 years later and… Several customer service jobs later, I now own a thriving trucking/shipping business! I’ve gotten to the point where I need to hire help and that’s my only source of income and the bills are getting paid!!! I LOVE everything about this world and industry!!!!”

“I NEVER thought I would get into trucking, but I’m so damn glad I did! I quit my job with only hope and a dream, and it actually worked.”

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If you had a major that people would normally see as “useless,” what would you do for a living? Do you have any regrets or insights you’d like to share? Feel free to share your story in the comments below.

Note: Some answers have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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