I really have this sentiment. I have studied 2 years for an associate's degree in law. I thought this would give me great career opportunities. Here in Belgium it is not so difficult to be hired with this qualification as a paralegal. However, on an international level I feel like associate's degrees are seen as not worthy mentioning on a curriculum vitae, as completely worthless and as ''amateuristic''. I may be a bit pessimistic here but I feel like those two years were a waste of time. The good thing is that I can have it upgraded from associate's degree to a bachelor's degree with a fast track programme of 1 year if I wanted to. I never considered that necessary but now I'm in a position where I'm thinking that maybe I should follow that extra year and have it upgraded to a bachelor's degree. When I look at visa requirements for example, associate's degrees aren't even given a thought anywhere. Only bachelor's degrees. It's really like an associate's degree is better than nothing but almost equal to nothing. It saddens me because in the associate's degree programme I followed the level of intensity was on par with that in a bachelor's degree. We received fiscal law / tax law, corporate law, social law, public law, criminal law, trade law, professional communication, French communication, English communication, ICT skills, economics, jurisdictional writing, jurisdictional law, law methodology, 2 internships for a total of 425 hours, 3 projects that were very intensive and we had to write a thesis. It's just that it was a duration of 2 years instead of the normal 3 or 4 required for a bachelor's degree but the intensity was equal to bachelor's level. I know because I took courses at bachelor's level and didn't think the ones at associate's level were easier. I'm so unnerved that I might have wasted 2 years of my life for what I thought would be a valuable qualification but what might internationally be seen as useless. Maybe I'm seeing things too negatively but when I Google requirements for visas and jobs around the world, I feel like the high level it was taught at wouldn't even matter from the moment it's qualified as an associate's degree. I feel like I earned a qualification that is seen as a degree that even a 5 year old could earn. That's how I envision people looking at associate's degrees. Now I'm debating whether I should go an extra year to school (physical presence) and update it to a bachelor's degree. As I already explained, I have the master's degree from Isabel in sight but the bachelor's degree is more important than I imagined after all. I really thought my associate's degree would be more valuable than I generally think people around the world estimate associate's degrees as.