Success stories of finding a job after earning a degree online

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by newcreature, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. newcreature

    newcreature New Member

    I would love to hear of any success stories of finding a job after earning a degree online. Often I hear of the success of having earned a degree, but I want to hear of how that degree landed a job. I look forward to hearing :)
  2. tomball

    tomball New Member

    Big Bucks

    I'm making $8.00 in fast food
  3. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    Just having a degree on your resume won't get you a job. The whole point of college is to educate and teach people. Getting good grades without retaining the information isn't going to be much use to an employer.

    Having the degree helps get an interview sometimes but it's up to the candidate to sell themselves to show how they will be an asset to the company. It doesn't matter if your degree is from an online school or a B&M school. If you didn't actually retain the information taught, it's going to be really hard finding a job.
  4. newcreature

    newcreature New Member


    I am confused by your post. $8.00 and hour, are you serious? What are the circumstances here, are you working part time while earning a PhD? Have you seriously not been able to find work since graduation?
  5. newcreature

    newcreature New Member


    Bazonkers, I am well aware of this fact which is what all the more reinforces my question. I am hoping to hear some "successfully hired" stories.
  6. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    He might be. In this job economy, everything is crazy. Whatever success stories people post might not be applicable to the current job market. Things will get better, however.
  7. tomball

    tomball New Member

    full time

    I was joking - sorry

    Bazonkers is right on - btw, I'm a full time student part time Consultant and PENN is costing me over 120K Leicester about 25K
  8. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    I believe most posters earning DL degrees already have a job.
    In my case gaining my degrees did nothing to increase my salary or promotion since I already had a great job (and one that is export proof for several reasons) with great pay.
    When I hired engineers their degrees for the most part were not an important factor in their hiring - the main factor was their experience, ability to solve problems, and work ethic. I was allowed to hire engineers without degrees which I did occasionally (company policy was eight years experience = an engineering degree).
  9. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I feel I earned promotions at my current job due to my education...does that count?
  10. adireynolds

    adireynolds New Member

    From an HR point of view, my take on it is it is rarely as simple as certain degree = get the job. However, my Capella work (both having the M.S. in Org & Mgmt plus my PhD studies) definitely helped my transition from academia into the HR field in that degrees required for an HR position usually are in business or psychology, so I am able to 'tick that box', so to speak. From that point on, though, it's mainly been my increasing experience and on-the-job skill sets that have secured me promotions and better positions.

  11. geoffs

    geoffs Member

    $8/hr for a Uphoenix grad, I didnt see that success story on their website :rolleyes:
  12. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    But while you all washing, watch him.
    He gonna make a Benz out of that Datson-
    He got that ambition baby, look at his eyes.
    This week he mopping floors next week he's on fries.
    So, stick by his side...

    (j/k) couldn't resist
  13. geoffs

    geoffs Member

    Hey a friend of mine works as a manager in a call centre (in North America, REALLY), one of the workers on the floor apparently was there for one reason:

    a mindless job while doing his MBA at Athabasca. When the employee finished he went from 20k to 80k at a bank.

    I have always thought about working say 1 shift a month at Walmart for the staff discount (can buy anything there)
  14. 03310151

    03310151 New Member

    That's is not really how it is sold by a lot of colleges. You think everyone who goes to college goes so they can broaden their knowledge, so they'll be a "whole" person, a person of the world? That is not reality. It may be yours. But it is not reality. This board is not reality. Its a bunch of education wonks circle jerking each other into a frenzy over how many credentials we can get behind our name (me included).

    For most people, a lot of people, they go to college to get a better job. How many times have you heard the (now proven false)statistic that BA holders earn $1mil more than people with HS diploma's? Colleges pull that stat out all the time. Go to a college web site and check out their career services page. They will show placement rates, and even average earnings by major but they don't talk about how your little Johnny will become Descartes.

    Its all about money. This isn't the 1700's and we are certainly not all Thomas Jefferson.

    He is looking for some success stories. Well, keep looking because there really are not too many of them. Unemployment is pretty high, and the job market for new graduates is shitty.

    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 27, 2009
  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Is your above quote some sort of rap tune, Jen? :confused:
  16. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    I'll just chalk up your snarky post to having a bad day but when did I say the above? I didn't. I said the purpose of college is to educate people, not make them "whole" etc. Yes, people go to college so they can get a better job that pays more money. I get that. That said, those same people SHOULD expect some level of education from college in order to make them qualified for these better paying jobs. Why do employers ask for specific degrees like an MBA etc? It's because they assume that the holder learned something related to the degree (and job) while in school. Is that not education?
  17. newcreature

    newcreature New Member

    I love this forum :)

    I love this forum :)
  18. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator Staff Member

    My wife did her B.S. through a mix of DL and extended campus night/weekend classes. She did her M.S. though a mix of DL and on-campus classes. Both programs were through U.S. based state universities. After being a substitute teacher at the local school district for a few months this spring, she is now teaching full time at one of the local colleges.
  19. tomball

    tomball New Member

    my 2 cents

    The purpose of an education is to get a job to pay the bills....

  20. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef


    LOL, love it.
    (technically speaking, not all of us are circle jerking)

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