Graduate or a Second BS?

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    Oct 26, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    I'm a college senior all set to graduate in May in Environmental Science, but looking over class requirements, I can get a second degree (Geology) in 3 semesters. Monetarily I get about 50% grants, 50% loans. If I graduate, the grants get cut off, but I can still take out more loans.

    On one hand, I'm sick of school and just wanna be done. I'm almost 30 (took a 6 year hiatus after high school).

    But on the other hand, a second degree seems like it would just make me that much more hirable. Also, it would give me a chance to get some actual internships and experience, as all my work experience is unrelated to either degree.

    I need to decide in the next few weeks so I can plan next semester and decide if I wanna apply to graduate in May or not.

    Any thoughts?
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    Oct 26, 2009 2:36 AM GMT
    Go for it, i did the same thing and found out where my true passion is
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    Oct 26, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    def go for it....it cannot hurt you.
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    Oct 26, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    Go to graduate school, BS degrees mean shit when you are in the market against MA or PhD holders. 3 semesters = 1.5 years (unless you do a heavy summer) that is half of a MA degree you could get.

  • danisnotstr8

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    Oct 26, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
    Pinny is right. Graduate... and then GO to GRADUATE SCHOOL. You're a tool if you dilly-dally wondering what's next. I mean, who wants that much BS in his life anyway?
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    Oct 26, 2009 5:12 AM GMT
    I agree that it's time for you to graduate and make any further classes as a graduate student, not undergrad. On the contrary, having multiple Bachelor's degrees won't magically give you better chances of a job--in fact, one of the problems a lot of degree-holders are having these days is that companies want people with real work experience, and some of those students who go straight from HS to College to Grad School don't have the real-world experience and end up hurting themselves in the long run.

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    Oct 26, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    If I were you ask yourself if you are going to apply the geology degree to the job you want. If the answer is yes then go ahead and do it. However, if you don't need the Geology degree for the job you want then you have 2 choices:

    1. Graduate and be over with it
    2. Like what Pinny said, graduate and go for a graduate degree. That way you have more of a competitive edge when you try to get a job.

    Hope that helps.
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    Oct 26, 2009 6:19 AM GMT
    Yeah, I would just graduate too. Work for a couple years and go back to graduate school. Or take a few graduate classes in open enrollment if your school has that (if you want to take some extra classes).

    No experience and a Master's degree are pretty useless unless you’re going to be a teacher or some other type of job you can obtain without experience.
  • Webster666

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    Oct 26, 2009 6:26 AM GMT
    Right now, jobs openings are few and far between, and with hundreds of people applying for that one position.

    Considering the dreadful employment picture, you would be way better off staying in school, and going for a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree.

    By the time you finish, there should be a lot more job opportunities.

    More education = more money.

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    Oct 26, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
    Continue directly into grad school or the second BS..no time off! Too easy to get comfortable and compacent after you get out of school and get used to a better income, etc...
    Get the Geology degree if you are looking to become a Registered,Professional Geologist, or if you are looking to do energy work or are expecting to do HAZMAT or ESA Environmental work... Good luck!
    Otherwise graduate and get a job with some company or agency that will pay for you to go back to school in exchange for a time commitment with them....nice!icon_cool.gif
  • calibro

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    Oct 26, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
    graduate schools usually fund you fully, so I recommend that option
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    Oct 26, 2009 11:44 AM GMT
    I disagree slightly with Sporty, in that I think that time off after school can be incredibly valuable and make you a much better candidate for grad school, but only if you do something that is relevant to your field.

    That being said, skip the second BS unless you're really passionate about it and want to do it for that reason. It likely won't impact that greatly on your qualifications for jobs or grad school to get that second BS, so if that's what you're deciding based on then just skip it and get your Masters/PhD. If, on the other hand, you want that Geology degree because you're really passionate about it then that's certainly a reason to think about doing it--but remember that it's likely that if you already have lots of geology under your belt you can go into grad school for it and do all that passionate research toward a Masters/PhD.

    I decided to take the route of using 2 more semesters to finish up my Political Economy degree (I already had a History degree), and while I enjoyed the hell out of the classes I realize at this point that it was totally unnecessary; I could have done all that in grad school working toward a Masters and saved myself a year off my life.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 26, 2009 12:34 PM GMT
    I'd do some fact checking. Do some background on how "employable" you are with a Geology degree in addition to what you have now vs. going to work with what you have vs. a masters degree. I think that really should help guide you.

    I can also understand you being sick of school. But evaluate on the basis of facts, not just how you feel.
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    Oct 26, 2009 12:36 PM GMT
    Particularly since your BS is in EnviSci you should move on to a Master's program. A second BS is a waste of time and money.

    But, here is an idea to see if you should get another degree. Think of your dream job. Now think of the first job you need to get there. Now go find job listings for both positions. What degree are you required to have for either?

    If your goal is just to get more degrees. Mazel Tov, go wild with that second BS. If your goal is to have a sweet ass job, see what is needed.