Is getting a Bachelor's degree in Business Management a waste of time?

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    Jan 04, 2014 4:28 PM GMT
    I've always wanted to be in the medical field. I worked as a Pharmacy Tech for a few years at 2 different retail pharmacies, and the job was okay. I mostly enjoyed my co-workers and working as a team with people. I tried to pursue getting into Pharmacy school, but I found the science classes to be really difficult for me.

    I then considered going to Physician Assistant (PA) school, but a lot of the classes required were the same for pharmacy, so I kind of gave up on that.

    Last year, I left my job at the pharmacy to work in sales/marketing for a business that my my co-worker/friend was taking over. It's an already established business, but he is looking to make it grow and I really enjoy the job.

    The thing is, I really want to at least get a Bachelor's degree to have as something to fall back on. I really don't make much at this job, but my friend (who is now my boss) said as we get busier, he will "take care of me" and give me raises, etc. I do trust him, and so far he has kept his word on everything he has told me. I've considered taking night classes to get my Bachelor's in Business Management at a local state college...do you think it's a good idea?

    Part of me still wants to pursue the Physician Assistant career track, but I don't know if I can handle it and I've already tried it a couple of times and it didn't work out. On the other hand, if my friend's business fails I will be stuck with no job and will having a Bachelor's in Business really help me down the road?

    I'm stuck on what to do...any advice is appreciated.
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    Jan 04, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    It depends on what you want to do.

    Hospital management is an emerging field. If you are already have some courses and knowledge in the medical field. You can take those skills and merge them into a nice career.

    You also might consider to move on to an MBA. There are jobs in the business field if you are willing to move to the right place.

    I think the key for any field in this day and age is the willingness to relocate for the right job.
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    Jan 04, 2014 5:12 PM GMT
    It's tough out there! you need to be as competitive as possible. Even having a bachelor's degree is like....nothing. Everyone's got one. The bachelor's degree is the new having a high school diploma..... Doesn't really mean shit.

    At the very least having a bachelor's degree will allow you to entertain the idea of having a job that pays above the poverty line. It does not guarantee you a job, but at least it will allow you to apply for a job making $40k or $50k a year.

    If u decide to stay in sales or marketing having a bachelor's degree will give u the flexibility to apply to multiple businesses and organizations. If u dont have one, you can't even apply.

    You mentioned that u tried going to school for medical stuff and it hasn't worked out. Well, perhaps it hasn't worked out because you're really not into it.


    either that or u could start ur own business? think of something that is needed yet not available to the public and make it happen? i dunno. Provide a service people are willing to pay for? what are u good at?



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    Jan 04, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    I think that's where the money is.
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    Jan 04, 2014 5:18 PM GMT
    I think Business Management is kind of a boring degree. If you are going to be working in business for another 40 plus years, do you want to study it as well? I did Economics, which I use regularly in and out of work.

    The Physician Assistant career track would set you up for life without much risk of unemployment, so if it were me I would give that another go. My friends who are working in science careers earn good money and have more job security than most.