What is the point of taking classes to get a degree I will never use?

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LeoNapier
January 25th, 2015 4:55pm
Getting a degree shows commitment to a specific goal and is a requirement for a worth while career. The classes are irrelevant.
Anonymous
March 11th, 2015 11:47pm
maybe some day you will need it, i thought i never needed to learn ratio i didnt think id need to learn half the stuff but now in the work place its all about that.
lostbeforefate
March 20th, 2015 3:05pm
To get a degree shows that you are dedicated and qualified to do a job in that field of study. To have a degree shows that you were dedicated.
squib
March 27th, 2015 2:21am
The point is for you to determine. Degrees are not necessarily just about jobs. And even if you don't work in an obviously-related field, what you achieved in earning that degree you may use in a hundred ways you aren't even conscious of.
Anonymous
April 2nd, 2015 4:10am
I don't know if you just realised this amidst spending years just to get a degree. If you've already embarked on that journey, it's best to consider why you even wanted to take one. Was it an ambition? If so, what happened to it? But... if you're positive that getting this degree is nothing more than a waste of time and money and you'd rather use it on getting certifications that would enable you to improve yourself/pursue a career you'd prefer. I'd say go for it. I know of so many hard-working individuals that are happier and earn more than average with just a diploma, I'm sure you can be one of them. Work smart and persevere!
poothedreamer88
April 15th, 2015 4:05pm
it may be useful sometimes in life but it wont help make carrier but knowledge never goes in vain,now or then it will help
Anonymous
June 13th, 2015 10:06am
A degree. You'll get degree privilege. A title that ensure your credibility.even though you know it wasn't related to what your going to pursue. Its still a title.
TheBestGrayson
June 22nd, 2015 9:08am
Though right now it may seem like you will never use the degree, the degree may become useful in the future for a job opportunity that may become interesting and available to you. And though things may look unappealing now, everybody's perspective changes as they grow and mature.
Waterbear
July 20th, 2015 1:21am
The sad truth as determined by sociologists is that you're going to college not to learn from your classes (unless it's some kind of practical program like nursing or engineering) but to make contacts with a certain class of people and learn (or solidify your knowledge of) the language & habits of that class. So schmooze, schmooze, schmooze!
EmiliaRea6
July 27th, 2015 2:56pm
Its up to you whether you want a degree or not, it is your life. In all honesty the choice is really yours, I understand what you're saying.
Icarusmighty
December 22nd, 2015 6:05am
Any degree will help you earn more money in the long run. It also shows potential employers that you are dedicated and will finish what you start.
LemonBee
December 22nd, 2015 10:49am
Transferable skills are always useful, and knowledge in any field is priceless. My perceived useless degree was one of my most fulfilling accomplishments, because it made me realise that I could achieve anything if I set my mind to it. I work in a completely different field now, but find myself inadvertently using the knowledge gained from my degree to my advantage.
calmLove29
December 28th, 2015 12:25am
if your not entirely happy with your work then why try ? they can always come in handy especially on job applications
tjb28
December 28th, 2015 11:12pm
Learning a new skill boosts self esteem and gives you some self worth well done ,you have also extended your knowledge in a particular subject that may help you in later life.
pluckySpruce9948
December 31st, 2015 12:57am
Nothing you learn is ever wasted. Even bad experiences (like feeling trapped in a horrible job) teach you things. For example, you learn some bosses and/or coworkers are moronic jerks no matter what YOU do. You also learn it's okay to move on. That being said, depression (or other circumstances) may be making you feel that education (or your current course of study) is pointless. Core classes (like math, for me) can be boring and de-motivating if you're not into them. Maybe your professor is as dull as a pile of sawdust. Or maybe you'd like to switch classes, or your major? You might want to speak to a college counselor or therapist about the root of why you feel your degree will be useless. Do it as soon as you can. The world is full of interesting things to do and see. Try making a list of your interests - things that make you smile and if you could do them every day for pay, you'd be deliriously happy! That is what you should devote your studies to. If making that list is too difficult right now, all the more reason to talk to someone who can help asap. Make that first step (I know it's hard) and you'll be on your way to shaping your life for the better. "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I'm Possible" - Audrey Hepburn.
spreadlovebae
September 27th, 2016 1:20am
Those classes may come in handy later on in your life. You never know what you will be doing 20 years from now.
sweetnutella
October 24th, 2016 12:12pm
I really know how does it feel. I always wonder the same thing too. But, this is one of life phase. I know, it feels so resentful >< for example, you wanna be a chef. But then you learn math and calculus. You dont actually use it for being a chef, right? But this is what we all usually do. Being someone else at first to become ourselves in the end. You're not the one who thinks so ❤ You just need to enjoy this and take it as a precious lesson for life💕
Anonymous
December 19th, 2016 6:18pm
It can open your curiosity and help you understand more things about the world and about yourself, and it could take you up to another job opportunity
softNutella25
December 26th, 2016 3:52pm
How do you know that you will never use an earned degree? Is it because you're simply not interested in the topics? In today's world, having a degree, regardless of what field of study it's in, is required to land a job. If for anything, you may want to apply to jobs that will require a degree.
Anonymous
February 6th, 2017 5:16am
The challenge of studying keeps the mind engaged and can give a sense of purpose that you can build on.
Anonymous
September 25th, 2017 1:20am
The point of anything is what you define it as. If you are truly 100% certain that you will not use the degree ever in your future and that therefore makes it obsolete, then it certainly sounds like there is no point. You have options and the freedom to seek those options. Your well-being is how you define it to be! If you do not want to take a class, speak with soemone at your school to see if you can change degrees or how you can get on the track you want to be on. Good luck!
Pugcanisegosum
January 8th, 2018 5:33am
The point in taking classes for a degree you will never use can be helpful, because it goes on your transcripts. Depending on what you take you are more likely to get accepted into colleges, specific programs, and jobs.
Anonymous
March 19th, 2018 1:19am
The point of taking classes to get a degree that you may not ever use is by even if it isn't beneficial, you may have more knowledge and understandings than people who don't go to college or school at all and missed the important information to help them later in the future like you do.
ContagiousBubbles317
September 23rd, 2019 8:47am
It can help enhance one's learning about different aspects that aren't necessarily to do with one's direct degree. I take a population health paper which ties in well with my double degree in marketing and psychology as it gives more insight into both topics. It also allows me to have a different perspective on both marketing and psychology. Psychology ties in with population health quite well as it has to do with the health of those in the population, and how different people experience different emotions/circumstances. Aside from that, its really fun to take a paper outside of your degree as you get to look into parts of university that isn't necessarily what you're looking at doing.