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Old 03-28-2013, 02:02 AM
Location: Georgetown, TX and The World
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Originally Posted by Bhaalspawn View Post
According to one recent study, 48% of the people who have Bachelors degrees are working in fields that require less education than a Bachelors degree. See:

Underemployment of College Graduates

Why Did 17 Million Students Go to College? - Innovations - The Chronicle of Higher Education


We even have an oversupply of PhD scientists, many of whom end up underemployed or underemployed-and-involuntarily-out-of-field. We also have a large oversupply of people with professional degrees such as JDs (law degree) and MBAs.

Is America's Science Education Gap Caused By Career Planning Fears?

I hope you'll read some of those articles and question the dogma that higher education, especially graduate and professional education, almost always provides a worthwhile return-on-investment. Oftentimes it just results in years of lost opportunity costs, being overqualified and unemployable for jobs in other fields, and onerous student loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
48% of the people who have Bachelors degrees still isn't 10/12 people. So what I said holds true. Census data agrees. When I see things like the links you posted all I notice is what happens when non-STEM degree holders graduate. If I get a BA in English or Fashion, I shouldn't expect anything but unemployment. Students with massive debt have that because they made poor choices. I don't know one person with enormous college debt.

The OP should get his Masters at the discounted price. Some fields use degrees as a tier system for income and or positions. Best to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. In other words if a Masters is overkill deleting it off your resume would be wise. Get hired then gain experience and put it back on your resume. Done and Done.

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Old 03-28-2013, 03:33 AM
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If your BS was in engineering or science and you wanted to get a marketing MBA, then I'd say go for it. But a marketing BS with a marketing MBA... not really. You're limiting your opportunities. Maybe take the MBA in Finance or another area to broaden your appeal to employers if the 1 year discount is really a factor in your decision.
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