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Old 03-26-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Denton, TX
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Is it going to reflect poorly to future employers if it takes me five or six years to get my degree? I started college wanting to major in history, and I changed my mind to English last semester. Now I'm questioning whether I want to take a few pyschology courses in the fall to see if I would like that better than English. I have had a full-time job since I graduated high school, so it's not like I'm just sitting around being lazy after classes. I'm just really worried that if I don't graduate on time, I'm going to have a hard time finding a job.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I think most employers would be OK with five years, six is a stretch. However, graduating is graduating, and that would be better than not.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:58 PM
 
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When my kids were doing their College Search and we would look through those big ft books describing Colleges, they don't even give a four year graduation rate. Sadly, a five or six year grad rate is becoming more the norm.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Maryland's 6th District.
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Um, graduating within six years while working full time is a pretty big accomplishment and I wouldn't worry about it. It will not look bad to a future employer.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:46 PM
 
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It won't be easy for your employer to figure out how long it took you to graduate unless you write on your resume "BA in X, X University, attended 2000 - 2006" or something. Most times you just write "BA in X, X University, gradated 2006". I would never think to put the year I started college on my resume. As far as a potential employer knows, you could have been taking classes for fun for 2 years, and then transferred into an actual degree program.

Plenty of people I know took longer than 4 years and are doing just fine. Sure, 4 is the ideal, but people get sick, they run out of money, they transfer, they change their mind, they have a baby and take a year out, etc...in the long run I doubt it matters at all.

I know it's frustrating to feel as if you're going to be stuck in school forever and ever and that when you get out you'll be so far behind no one will want to employ you. Plenty of students drop out, do nothing for 2 years, then start the college haul again at 25. You're doing great.
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:22 AM
 
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I agree with violent, how they gonna know? besides, if you are working that is to be expected. you put your graduation date on your resume.

Some schools will tell you up front that you will not graduate in 4 years.

Took me almost 7 going to night classes. never had a problem.
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:02 AM
 
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BTW, My husband graduated from HS in 1976 but did not finish his BS until 1982. He's never had a problem getting or keeping a job.
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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5 is not a problem...I took 6 but had two degrees. I think as long as you show progress, and are not changing programs every year you should be ok.
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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It took me 15 years all together to get my degree. It is not going to matter for the most part, depending on your field of interest.

If you are paying for it yourself, then on your resume you can phrase it that way. And you CAN add worked a full time job while attending school. One of the big things that I have come across is that there are jobs where they want self motivated individuals.

For me, the hardest part was the joining of clubs and organizations. I did not have any time. I don't know what your field/degree is but if you can pull off volunteering and document that time as well it is also good.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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No. Why would they even know without seeing your transcript? I only put the year of graduation on my resume.
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