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Are Associate Degrees Any Good

My son recently received his associates degree from college and I am wondering how many of you have associate degrees and have been able to get good jobs. Most are telling my son that he needs more education, but we are out of money!

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 ---Cana on 6/5/05
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an associate degree is the first step to a phd. your son can apply for student loans or get a grant or go to work like many young people work and go to school.
---shira4368 on 12/22/13


The question should be "are COLLEGE degrees any good?". I have friends who have bachelors and masters degrees who make less than friends who only have a high school diploma. Heck, one of the highest paid friends I have doesn't even have a high school diploma, and he is one of the most intelligent people I know. If you know a skilled trade, you don't even need a college degree.

I think the biggest thing is what field that degree in in? If you have an associates degree in nursing, then yes that is definitely usable. But if you have a degree in music, I'm afraid you've wasted your time and money and better get in line for a McDonalds job.
---Jed on 12/22/13


Blogger9211 wrote: "So if you are going to start a new business in the USA you had best be very well educated and have more than a 36 month supply of unleveraged working capital."

There are a plethora of business opportunities out there that don't require someone being "very well educated" or doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get started. I have personally known mexican and asian immigrants (legal) over the past thirty years that come to the US without a penny, work a few months, then start their own business - and succeed. Many would start a business while they are working.
---Steveng on 12/20/13


The problems with Franchises are that the really good ones require good real-estate locations and a quarter million dollar or more in startup cost. they are generally fast food outlets or foreign automotive dealerships. Any franchise that requires a local peddlers license should be avoided.

In the USA 2/3 of new business fail. The US Department of Internal Revenue has a ruling called the Going Concern Test if a business fails during the first 36 mounts of operation it is by legal definition a hobby and none of the startup cost are deductable.

So if you are going to start a new business in the USA you had best be very well educated and have more than a 36 month supply of unleveraged working capital.
---Blogger9211 on 12/20/13


As I said four years ago, colleges are over-rated and expensive especially in today's job market. (unless, of course, you want to be a doctor).

Your best investment would be to start your own business. There are a plethora of books about the subject at your local library.

Also, invest in a franchise. The franhisor will teach you all you need to know to succeed which not only include the trade, but also the accounting, managment, etc.

To learn more just pick up a business opportunity magazine, such as Business Opportunities, Entrepreneur, or Inc., at the bookstore or grocery store. Don't forget, do your research.
---Steveng on 12/19/13




I earned an Associate in Science Degree from a Junior College in Data Processing, I also earned a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Sciences and a MBA to make it credible.
---Blogger9211 on 12/19/13


Hello,God bless me to get healed completely,by faith I do believe even at my age ( smile) I would love to go take some courses in music,study more music,piano & learn to play other instruments...
Thankfull to God his love and help in this area has been so,wonderfull to me.It keeps me going through tough times,motivates..

love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 12/19/13


For those of you who claimed they had no problem getting a job with an AA/AS degree, how long ago did you get your jobs? In the past, if you had an any level of degree, you were pretty much guaranteed a job. Of course, BA/BS' degrees were paid more than their AA/AS Degree counterparts. Back in the 80's and early 90's I had friends who got a jobs with no experience fresh out of college with both AA/AS and BA/BS. Sadly, it seems that many University grads have been brainwashed by their university peers and maybe some professors that those with Associates' Degrees are simple minded and will not tolerate their educational knowledge.
---Unknown on 4/15/13


I have a associate degree in Nursing. I work at a VA hospital and make a very good salary. The Government pays well.
---Nikki on 4/16/13


For those of you who claimed they had no problem getting a job with an AA/AS degree, how long ago did you get your jobs? In the past, if you had an any level of degree, you were pretty much guaranteed a job. Of course, BA/BS' degrees were paid more than their AA/AS Degree counterparts. Back in the 80's and early 90's I had friends who got a jobs with no experience fresh out of college with both AA/AS and BA/BS. Sadly, it seems that many University grads have been brainwashed by their university peers and maybe some professors that those with Associates' Degrees are simple minded and will not tolerate their educational knowledge.
---Unknown on 4/15/13




Dan, excellent option. I did not want to go to college when I left highschool. Joined the Army, started my college while I was still active duty. Left active duty and the GI bill paid for my nursing education..
---NurseRobert on 4/1/10


Dan -- Good for you, mentioning the military option. It has started many a man (and woman) on their way to a well- paying career. Of course, you owe the military a certain number of years of service in payment for your education.(If you are lacking self-disciple you will learn that too.)
They don't accept everybody...they have physical and mental requirements. But they offer many great opportunities and, along with them, financial security.
---Donna66 on 3/31/10


Everybody seems to forget about the military. They will give you all the free college that you want to take. When you get out you will have the GI Bill which will pay you to continue college if you wish. There is no reason for people to run out of money for college. Not to mention that you get a big leg up on all the other competition for jobs, as most employers would much prefer a vet over a college grad.
---Dan on 3/29/10


Employment opportunity is highly dependent on the degree earned.

An AS in a science or technical field can open many doors.

I worked with computer programmers who only had AS degrees. They were highly compensated. The company paid for their continuing education. Several of them went on to earn BS degrees that were 100% employer paid.

Tuition reimbursement is something to consider. It has been a benefit at every employer I have ever worked for. I had nearly $15,000 paid out for my MS studies by just one employer.

And, I will never regret earning my degrees. I have been laid off 4 times in 20 years, but have always had people beating a path to my door to hire me again.
---obewan on 8/19/09


An Associate degree is not a great asset when it comes to getting a job. In some cases it may give him a slight edge over a HS grad or someone with a GED.

BUT IF the time comes that he wants to advance in a certain field, he can get a Bachelors much more quickly. and THAT can be an advantage in some occupations.

There is NO reason he has to finish 4 yrs. of college now. If he gets a good job, he might try taking a college course or two in the evening and pay for them himself. A lot of people finish college just this way.
---Donna66 on 8/18/09


A higher education is over rated. A person does not need a degree to start their own business. It is, in fact, imperative today to create your own business instead of applying for one.

I was hired by a college to teach business. One requirement was to have a Master's Degree. I only had an Associates in business, but I had twenty years of starting businesses and corporations under my belt so they waived that requiremnt for me over the 35 others who had a Master's degree. (as a side note: most colleges at the time I received my associates in 1975 were geared toward people who were climbing the corporate ladder. I just wanted enough information to start my own small business.)
---Steveng on 8/18/09


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Not to be harsh but it doesn't matter what degree you have if you don't have the experience or talents to back it up. I have hired many people without degrees over bachelor, and master degrees.
---Stacy_Loscend on 8/18/09


Yes, I only have an associate degree in Nursing as a RN. Yes, you can do very, very well. Esp, with the shortage of Nursing. Even those who are LPNs (a step down from RN) are doing well.
---Nicole on 6/17/08


Getting An associates degree is the first step in getting a college batchelors degree. You do not mention his field. Many in the medical fields do very well with AS background. Perhaps he got his degree in something that requires more than AS to get a start.
No degree guarentees a job, you must apply yourself.
As to YOU being out of money, when does his responsibility start regarding his today and tomorrow.
---chuck on 6/17/08


Cana:
It depend what the degree is in and whether or not the school which issued the degree is accredited.
If the degree is in Nursing and the school is
accredited, there should be no problem finding a very good job with potential assistance to go on to a 2 or 4 yrs degree.
---Pierr7958 on 10/20/07


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Your son and you probably qualify for student loans. Fill out a FAFSA and see if he qualifies for loans or grants. I am paying for my son's education with Parent loans.
---Madison on 4/4/07


hi im going to start at a private college next week but im wondering if its any good? is getting a associates degree any good in buss?? im going end up paying about 40 for 2 years???
---j1986 on 7/19/06


It depends on what field your son has the Associates Degree in. I have an Associates in Operational Management and been working a career for many years. I earn more money for having it; however I would earn more with a BS. I make good money and live comfortably. He always has the option to go back to school as everyone does.
---DM on 7/13/06


The amount of money he will make depends on the type of associates degree. Also if he wants to pursue something that requires a bacholor degree why can't he get his own student loan and pay for the rest of school on his own. I am 26 and although my parents said they would pay I knew they didn't have the money just as I didn't. Since it is for my future I took out the loans.
---michelle on 9/15/05


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An associate's degree is always a good start. Let him take a much deserved break if money is an option; he can always go back later, if he chooses. Don't feel guilty about it, just keep encouraging him that his education is not wasted and not to lose hope if the right job doesn't come immediately.
---carra6893 on 6/9/05


Yes. I have an Associate's as well as a Bachelor's and am in grad school working for my Master's. I'm in the first semester of my internship and my supervisor is so excited to have me on board (her words) because of the amount of education I have.
---Heather on 6/9/05


RN is an assoc. degree, unless you chose to go to a 4 year school and get a BSN, which I am working on. But the pay isn't much better a RN is a RN,
---Karen on 6/8/05


My son, by the way, has an Associates Degreee in Database Management. Thanks for your responses so far.
---Cana on 6/7/05


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I have an Associate Degree in Electronic Data Processing I also have a MBA and a BS to make it credible.

Phia4633 Phil
---Phia4633 on 6/6/05


See School guidance office /ask secretary

Part time school/ part time work.

Summer school

Scholarships, bursaries, grants
Alternative possible income sources - your/spouse/child's employment place,
your faith church,
gifts from friends,
military education,
banks with saving's plans and loans, government grants and loans

Book grants
Secondhand books

Meal tickets verses public restaurants.

Internet schooling.
---barbara67 on 6/6/05


Hi Cana: No education is ever wasted. Some people are given added consideration for a job if they have an associate arts degree. However, today most professions require further education depending how far up the ladder your son wishes to go. There is financial help to climb higher. I worked as a medical transcriber, which funded my education, then went on to get two higher degrees. It depends upon your son's determination. Pray for him!
---Elsie on 6/6/05


Which would you rather have one dollar or five dollars?

A degree is the same. The more you have the better for your job placement.

There are many jobs and employers that will train your son and pay for his further education. The problem is he will not start on the top where he may want to be.

Remember education is expensive whether you get a Degree or not. Without the Education the world will teach him what he should have done and he will still have to pay and pay.
---Elder on 6/6/05


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i have been offered several managerial jobs
because of an assoc degree, but i believe it
may depend on his curriculum. can you give
more info about his background?
---david on 6/6/05




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