Very interesting. And did the business associate's degree help you in running your father's business? It seems that when it comes down to it, you have managed to make a living out of your writing, helped by the English degree, but this was only made possible because of the business which allowed you to do the education degree also?My father refused to help me pay for college unless I majored in Business. I did that for two years, then decided I wanted to pursue my own dream of becoming a journalist. Rather than majoring in Journalism (another one of the Top 5 Regrettable Majors), I majored in English (Creative Writing).
As a teenager, I'd worked for our local newspaper, so didn't need any journalism courses. I already knew how to write a news article. They're fairly formulaic and rather easy to compose. I figured a Creative Writing degree would give me more skills as a writer.
Naturally, my father stopped paying my tuition. So I started my own house painting business and got a job as a resident assistant at the university (which paid 1/2 my tuition and all my room & board). So I came out of college with an Associate degree in Business and a Bachelor's in English - and most importantly, no loans.
Worked as a newspaper reporter for a few years (making pittance), then my father grew ill. As the eldest, to help my family, I took over my father's business and ran it for 10 years (and made piles of money). My younger brother finished college and came into the business with me. I trained him, turned the reins over to him, then quit to go back to writing.
Used the money I made in business to pay for my Master's in Education. Taught high school English for a while, then a company offered me a job as a creative writer (copywriter) for an advertising agency. Still doing that today, while writing magazine articles and historical fiction on the side.
My dad used to tell me that majoring in English was a waste of money. He said, I'd never get a job with a Writing degree. Over the years, I've had 5 jobs working as a writer. I do not make anything close to the money I did in business, but my goal in life has never been to become rich. It's to be able to pay my bills, achieve some sense of satisfaction, and enjoy going to work every day - which I never did in business.
It's a wonderful life.
Education does not always apply directly, but we should think of the transferable trainings and skills.Very interesting. And did the business associate's degree help you in running your father's business? It seems that when it comes down to it, you have managed to make a living out of your writing, helped by the English degree, but this was only made possible because of the business which allowed you to do the education degree also?
My grandfather had a similar story to yours, in a way. He was the eldest son of a family where everyone pitched in to run a manufacturing business, but he had other ideas and went to study zoology. He went back to run the business for a while after his degree, but eventually settled on a career in science, in the employ of the European Union. Unfortunately many humanities students don't come from a business background and don't have the option of going into their parent's business: I know I don't. It was clear to me from a young age that I'd never become successful in anything if I did a technical or vocational degree, because I don't have the work ethic, so I took the only subject I was good at and chose to see where it would take me. In the event it didn't take me anywhere useful but it was better than being bored to tears for three years. I could do a law conversion but there isn't enough money in the world to make me sit at a table for 10 hours every day learning case law.
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