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Old 08-22-2019, 12:07 PM   #41
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Most of the engineering classes I took have been at least partially useful in my career. I think a big thing with engineering education is they get you to use scientific and mathematical concepts at a far more sophisticated level than when on the job, so that when you're on the job you have a better intuitive understanding of how those concepts work. I actively use my stamp which requires the degree. Also took a Year's worth of grad courses which was essential in breaking into my field of choice.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:12 PM   #42
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Not really. Wish I would have taken a 2 year program at SAIT instead of a 4 year drinking degree from a big university
At least if it doesn't work out you only invested a couple of years as opposed to four or more. I took a 2 year SAIT Power Engineering Program and got my diploma as well as 3rd class steam ticket. Haven't worked a real day (I did work as a summer student to get my time in to write 3rd class) in that field as when I graduated in the mid-90's there was no work. Fortunately my 2nd SAIT diploma worked out much better.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:48 PM   #43
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I have a degree in something I don’t really do, at least in a employment way.

I have a certificate in what I currently do, but I really did that as a backup to the experience I already had at the time. Do I really use the specific knowledge from that certificate? Not really. What I do is mostly learned from on the job experience.

Construction is a broad field, and what I am currently doing is all learned because of the projects I’ve worked on.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:17 PM   #44
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I have a degree in something I don’t really do, at least in a employment way.

I have a certificate in what I currently do, but I really did that as a backup to the experience I already had at the time. Do I really use the specific knowledge from that certificate? Not really. What I do is mostly learned from on the job experience.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:59 PM   #45
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Engineering here. I use aspects of it. The courses were heavily math and sceince oriented and less practical for what I do, however I would not have gotten an engineering job without the degree, even though much of what I learned isn't applicable in day-to-day stuff. My primary tasks are learned after the fact through experience and osmosis from others. It's more being able to improvise and understand cause and effect, what is importand where compromises can be made for cost or just because there are other factors that limit performance, eg) why spend $5 for a low tolerance part when you have other errors that negate that performance... but I think you need some background to understand what the implications are.
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:34 PM   #46
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How good is your budgeting and ability to cook meals for yourself?
Meals are great, can't budget to save my life
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:37 PM   #47
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I downloaded an app on my computer and tracking everything I spend in categories has changed my life.

It’s not particularly fun, but watching my savings account grow definitely is.
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:45 PM   #48
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Undergrad degree in Philosophy and English? No.

Law School degree in, um, law? ...Still no.

Okay yes, I couldn't be a lawyer without going to law school, but realistically 90% of the useful stuff you learn is learned on the job. Honestly I've often thought my philosophy background has served me better to help think things through.
Similar. My undergrad and MA in history? Super useful. Well, my vocabulary and written expression benefited. Law school? Only one course is relevant to what I do, and I slept through it, so I basically learned everything "on the job".
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:24 PM   #49
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It’s not particularly fun, but watching my savings account grow definitely is.
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:32 PM   #50
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I don't directly use my degree (Sociology) but the critical thinking and stats have helped me tremendously.

Once in a while I speak to people who say things like "but the fruit loops ad says they are healthy!" and I wonder where I'd be if I never learned to think critically.
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Old 08-22-2019, 04:28 PM   #52
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I'm a surgeon so the philosophy degree has really helped.
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Old 08-22-2019, 04:29 PM   #53
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I don't directly use my degree (Sociology) but the critical thinking and stats have helped me tremendously.

Once in a while I speak to people who say things like "but the fruit loops ad says they are healthy!" and I wonder where I'd be if I never learned to think critically.
They are part of a balanced breakfast.
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Old 08-22-2019, 04:35 PM   #54
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Interesting first post.

My undergrad is also in Theatre and now I work outside the industry as a teacher - not teaching drama - but I feel like I use what I learned in my degree every single day.

You do so many different things through a theatre degree; that versatility is something which sets me apart from my colleagues. Also, learning how to project and talk “properly” is huge.

In addition, developing the ability to work with very creative teams is invaluable in so many different facets of life.

I seriously think there is no better degree than a generalist theatre degree, with some acting, some tech, and some design, for giving someone the broadest range of applicable skills to any job or industry anywhere.
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nm. Im not telling you jerks what i do for work.

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Interesting first post.

My undergrad is also in Theatre and now I work outside the industry as a teacher - not teaching drama - but I feel like I use what I learned in my degree every single day.

You do so many different things through a theatre degree; that versatility is something which sets me apart from my colleagues. Also, learning how to project and talk “properly” is huge.

In addition, developing the ability to work with very creative teams is invaluable in so many different facets of life.

I seriously think there is no better degree than a generalist theatre degree, with some acting, some tech, and some design, for giving someone the broadest range of applicable skills to any job or industry anywhere.
This is true, and thinking more about it (when it's not really early in the morning), I do use the 'stage management' part/classes of my degree, in the 'people herding' aspect. And a lot of the problem solving part of it, too. I was thinking more of the hard-tech aspect of the degree (how to hang a light plot, how to build a soundscape, etc) but a lot of the soft skills are pretty useful still.

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Old 08-22-2019, 05:08 PM   #57
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I downloaded an app on my computer and tracking everything I spend in categories has changed my life.

It’s not particularly fun, but watching my savings account grow definitely is.
I'm more of a "spend until the card gets declined then countdown the days until payday" kind of guy
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What I'm reading here is that a couple years of Junior B is probably better than law school at preparing you lawyers for posting on hockey forums during all hours of the work day.
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Not directly and do not need a degree for my career.
However I gained valuable skills in University that I definitely apply to my life.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:25 PM   #60
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I used to, but not anymore; I have a SAIT diploma in Automation, but work as a wildlife educator now. My new job is part time and uses my Autism in a healthy way. Automation sucked too many fragile ego's.
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